New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crankshaft, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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  2. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    My rotopax have failed (two, both of them). The nozzles expanded within the container.
    There was no pulling then out of the container. To do so the nozzles broke apart leaving broken pieces in the containers.
    The last time the nozzles did slide out it was just barely with an extremely tight rocking back & forth to pull them out.

    I hope their system has changed - I am not a fan of rotopax.

    Probably a blame the DOT for ALL THE CRAPPY GAS CANS THAT ARE OUT THERE.
    What are they thinking. They all leak, dribble or are uncontrollable.

    Therefore the reason I went to RR for a mounted gas tanks system.

    Grrr, Bad on rotopax.
    They fill up my lawn mower now.
  3. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Rotopax system is more expensive than RR or Safari tanks......and complicate your packing system.....

    Overpriced system I think.....while I am happy with my Safari (aside from crappy fuel petcocks [bad design])....I would even go with RR tanks before Rotorooter packs....
  4. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    So... If any of you guys hear a squeaking/ chirping sound that does not seem to come from any of the obvious places (ie; skid plate, engine mount bolts, etc..). Do yourselves a favor, and tow/ truck the bike home, drain the fluids, pull the clutch clutch cover, and check the clutch assembly for play.

    It seems that my bearing for the main shaft into the transmission let loose, and took some of the engine case with it...

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    Those needle bearings I was hoping were the problem sure held up well..
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    Not bad for 30k miles..

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    I decided to put away a few of these after I realized I was dealing with the worst case scenario.

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  5. Bigbugberg

    Bigbugberg Meatbucket Supreme

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    omfg.
    I hate to see such horrific photos.

    I'm saddened by your loss.

    Best wishes.
  6. numbutt

    numbutt john

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    Hope i got this reply thing right...that chain guard is a work of art ...that is ''modern art '' ...it actually takes a lot of fiddling to come up with a workable,secure functinal chainguard prototype [ which is what it will stay ...function before form ...i dont need show pony stuff !! ]
    Why a chain guard ?? well i live on beach sand , pure fine chain grinding silica added to the fact the beach is great to ride on [legal here ] and that is just 200 meters away ..220 yards where u come from.
    I can assure u it does its job, has not and will not derail or rub on the chain... its a sprocket and chain saver......say no more, say no more says Monty Python....
  7. Leviathan

    Leviathan Tenerider

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    The headlight on my 2010 R is melting away. So I'm looking at buying a new complete set.
    Since the stock is crap, I thought about swapping it for a 2012 light. Any one done that? Think that the 2010 speedo panel will fit on the 2012 mask?

    What I would really like is to get one of these. But there's no way I'd get it through our bureaucracy masters at the customs office. :cry
  8. alongat

    alongat Long timer

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    If I knew sooner, you could have ordered it to my house - my cousin is currently visiting and going back home this Saturday...

    If it helps at all, I am coming at the end of December and then again in April - let me know if you need me to bring anything as a "gift" - easier to bring then ship and have to deal with the customs bullshit.
  9. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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    Anal, tee hee, he said anal:kat
  10. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    On the 690-what is the best way and location to put an electrical outlet to power stuff like heated vest and Cycle Pump? BMW style outlet mounted? Or, just SAE dongle? What suppliers for these things?
  11. nippybit

    nippybit Nippybit

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    Just returned from a trip to Colorado and, along the way, ran into a KTM 990 (2010 model) owner at a Wendy's. He had been traveling around the U. S. camping and otherwise adventuring. He had a red Rotopax on the right side of his rear luggage rack and a black Rotopax on the left. Red for gas, Black for water. Said he liked them a lot and highly recommended them. Seems like a very viable and cost effective alternative to the large fugly tanks.:1drink
  12. Barman

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    Just to add that the Rotopax "safety" gas nozzle sucks. Pick up the yellow nozzle from the water can that Rotopax offers. Only a few bucks and well worth the convenience.:deal
  13. nippybit

    nippybit Nippybit

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    I suppose a backup $2.00 plastic funnel would help if the Rotopax pull-out nozzle self destructs. This is how I get the gas from my 1 liter fuel bottles into my tank quickly without spilling.
  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I used two cables directly from the battery. One is a Gerbings battery harness that emerges from the front of the seat near the key. It has a socket style port. I plug my GPS into that.
    http://gerbing.com/Products/accessories.php

    The second harness emerges below my seat on the side. It has an SAE plug for using a battery charger. I use a a short Powerley cabe to convert it from SAE to powerlet socket. My heated jacket liner plugs into that. I use heated glove liners instead of heated grips, so the two power prorts is all I need.
    http://www.powerlet.com/product/sae-to-powerlet-socket-cable/43
  15. Leviathan

    Leviathan Tenerider

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    Thanks. I'll keep that in mind if I'll decide to go with that headlight.
    In any case, consider yourself invited for a beer when you're in Israel. :beer
  16. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    You have my condolences. Any thoughts as to what precipitated the failure? Just high mileage, or did something get into it?

    That drain plug picture makes me nauseous.

    You can show me pictures of mangled limbs, however, and I'll just keep eating. One of the benefits of being married to a medical illustrator. :freaky
  17. BPD

    BPD Adventurer

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    Hey Guys,

    Nate here from Bullet Proof Designs. Several of you guys contacted me about ordering a swingarm guard for your 690. I told you we were trying to get a bike in the shop so we could determine if we can build the guard for the 690. My local shop just confrimed I can pick up the 690 Enduro on Wednesday. Once we get some measurments I will let you guys know if we can start taking orders.

    Thanks,

    Nate Scott
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  18. BK.RD.RNR

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    It would certainly be hard to deny that milage could have played a role. However, there are people with many more miles on thier 690's that have not reported any similar failures. (Sherri Jo, the guys who went RTW on thier 690's, FishFund?)

    It would be hard to determine if something got in there since there are only 2 or 3 ball bearings left in there at this point.

    My personal belief is that it was a simple component failure of the bearing itself. The bike was always dealer maintained until nearly the 17k mi mark, and I logged all my own maintainence on the front page of my shop manual as I completed it. I never fell outside of manufacturer's reccomended oil change intervals, and had about another 500 miles before I was due when this happened. I did new filters with every oil change, and cleaned the screens thoroughly each time as well.

    I heard back from my dealer today. KTM USA basically said "Don't Know Ya". Not even some sort of price concession. Par for the course from them it seems.
  19. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    IMHO, all the blasted safety nozzles suck.

    Don't get me started on vapor recovery fuel pumps, either. I've spilled more fuel dicking around with them.... I'm all in favor of saving the environment, but it seems that the benefit of capturing 6 grams of fuel vapor for 1000s of cars filled is completely lost when I inadvertently (and clumsily, I admit) dump a half a cup of fuel trying to juggle the stupid nozzle.
  20. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    PM sent.

    Garrett