New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. DirtJack

    DirtJack Adventurer

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    There are a lot of things that dealers should know, but don't. It's not a good idea to disable the clutch switch on 690 and 990 bikes. Beyond safety, there is logic in the Kehin FI which cuts all fuel to the injectors if the motor is above a certain RPM, in gear, clutch not pulled and the throttle is closed rather than use the idle map. This is done for emissions and fuel economy. Of course, if the ECU cannot determine cllutch state, the bike will die. This does not happen when the bike is cold since the FI operates in non loop-back mode (fixed mapping) and the above logic is bypassed until the motor is up to normal operating temp.
  2. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Spilt milk makes me cry like a girlie girl :-(::

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    ...but not away from the 690 thread I hope! :chace
  3. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Spilt milk makes me cry like a girlie girl :-(::

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  4. Barman

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  5. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    I have been thinking about getting a 690, but the last few pages have me a little leary. I do appreciate all the info you guys are sharing.
  6. dunefreak

    dunefreak Been here awhile

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    ^ which is exactly why I asked those with the higher mileage bikes to post up their experiences. I was pretty leery of pulling the trigger on a new 690 as well. Especially coming from a bulletproof and very simple designed XR650L. There are plenty of 690's out there with lots of miles that have had no issues. I wouldn't sweat it. If you research known problems for any bike, you will likely find problems with them all. They all have their own horror stories and those mega-threads will make those models sound unreliable as well. I think many problems that arise from some bikes is their own owners doing. Just my 2 cents.
  7. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    My 2010 has 6,000 trouble free miles. I use it for both single track enduro trails, and crossing New Mexico to get to Colorado for riding old jeep trails, and mountain passes. I couldn't ask for a more capable bike.
  8. touser

    touser canned fruit

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    I have an 08 e with 20,000k,s on it and at times when i shut down the throttle it doesn't can be a little slow to react. Only does it now and then but it can be a bit hairy comming into a corner.

    i havn't had it put on a diagnostic machine as it has been faultless so far and I'm a bit concerned that someone might f#ck it up.

    Also I have some rally raid tanks and was wondering does it drain from them first?


    any thoughts appreciated?

    dave
  9. blakrj

    blakrj Need to ride

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    No idea on the throttle, but I use my brakes for slowing for corners. Do not leave the petcocks open on the RR tanks until you have used up some fuel from the stock tank, or it'll overflow. Normally I run 100km or so before opening the taps, or wait for the reserve light to come on before opening them up.
  10. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Excellent info - I didn't know that! Should be put on a sticker under the seat. :lol3
  11. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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  12. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Spilt milk makes me cry like a girlie girl :-(::

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    Hi Dave,

    I have experienced similer thing on my 09 a few times. In my case it was due to my hand position on the throttle. I ride with two fingers on the front break which can prevent me from fully closing off the throttle due to my fingers locking on the break lever. Only happens under breaking cos your gripping the throttle harder. My bad technicque but now I'm aware I make sure I release my grip just before hauling on the anchors!! :evil
  13. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    I'm no expert, but if the clutch switch is disabled, the bike thinks the clutch is pulled in, hence the fact it will start in gear. So, when the bike is on the over-run, it thinks the clutch is pulled and will continue to provide fuel to keep the engine running, not cut the fuel as you say.

    I'm not saying the dealer was right to do what they did, but i can see some logic to it.
  14. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    As someone who has an extremely expensive repair on his hands right now, and can't bear the thought of life without my 690. Get one! Miles of smiles and then some! :deal
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    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    if it's got a vacuum leak or the "carb" boot has loosened it can cause it to hang
  16. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I like the looks of that lower projector beam. I've got a light I use on my KLX I personally think is the best street legal beam pattern (50 watt Hi CRI FX Bi-Xenon projector) but am having a tough time mounting in on the 690. Is that mount for the light something you could sell seperate from the rally fairing? I just want something to hold my projector to the bike and my projector looks just like that lower one you have.
  17. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Disanlimg the clutch switch by splicing the wires together so the bike thinks that the clutch is in all the time is nad news. The nike has a different map setting for clutch in and the bike will rum like shit if you try and ride like this...learned thos after disanling the switch on the australian rally.
  18. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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  19. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Put down the phone and just drive!




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  20. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    The RR tanks work sweet. I leave the petcocks off until I hit my low fuel light on the stock tank. I can turn on one or both tanks. Using just one tank (same with both tanks) the pumps seems to pull the fuel back enough so your (my) low fuel light goes off. Then when you are low again the low fuel light comes on again. Switch to your 3rd tank and the fuel is drawn back and your low fuel light goes off again.
    Better get fuel after your 3rd low fuel light!! lol.
    Nice as that way you can estimate mileage left...

    Also if your RR tanks have different amounts of fuel in them, switch them both on and your fuel load will balance.
    Nice for us symmetrical types. :norton :D
    If I know the miles in between fuel stops I don't always fill my RR tanks to the top - for keeping it light (er) in the technical stuff. Which I would estimate at 25 +-lbs of additional weight (full tanks). Not more really than a full tank bag or fender bag. Light set-up.

    Other than a 'massaging' install of RR tanks, they work very well IMO. :thumb