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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crankshaft, Sep 6, 2011.
It's good to know that I am not the only one doing that .
I would look at voltage levels of running system. Could be battery/voltage regulator issues.
I got a VORTEX about a month ago. I'm really happy with the result. However, for heavy off-road I bought the ultimate accessory for my 690R: a KTM 250 SX-F.
Wrong thread mate!
Vortex have very recently added an economy map for the 690 . Bike runs great with it & I average > 20km per litre . I know they are also working on a different way of fueling the bike at idle for the 690 .
On tarmac which consumption do you obtain with the vortex?
Does anyone have any experience with the FMF Power Bomb head pipe on the 690. Wonder if there is $350 difference in performance. Supposed to make the bike quieter and a 10% improvement in?
Are you guys using more than just one of the maps or just staying in the one that you find to be the best? Can the maps on the handlebar be switched without turning the ignition off and on?
Sorry about all the questions but it is a lot of dough to drop on one item!
I've got one on mine. The reason is that the stock header broke and it costs $250 MORE then the Power Bomb. I didn't notice any power differences and it obviously had no effect on noise.
I wil say this, the welds on the FMF were shitty and eventually one of them broke. I sent it in and they repaired it and actually went back and re-welded all the shitty welds the way they should have in the first place.
I leave it on setting 1 since I mostly use it off road. I haven't really touched the vortex, it came on the bike when I bought it.
Hi there KTMers,
I'm looking at getting an single-lung adventure bike (2nd hand) for a big ol' Central/North American ride and am currently interested in the 690 Adventure or DR650. Some might say these bikes are chalk and cheese but this is what I've narrowed it down to for my own reasons...I've come here looking for your opinions on comfort of the 690 and to ask what sort of maintenance I'd be looking at if I owned one of these things.
Can any of you kind gentlemen shed some light on these topics? Obviously I'm looking at a ton of miles so comfort is paramount but so is maintenance once I get off the beaten track.
Thanks in advance for your help and hopefully I'll see you on the road!
the 690 is FI not carbed so has the added complication of a fuel pump & computer mapping. they don't apear to like dirty fuel much either and the standard seat is woeful for anything remotely long distance. A lot of people new to FI bikes do struggle when something goes wrong as the technology can be frustrating to deal with especially out in the whop whops. Having said all that I have an 09 and have had little trouble with it apart from chains breakng which is my bad maintenance in anycase.
I have owned a DR as well (2nd hand) and can tell you the seats on those things are plain evil after 1-2 hrs. The tech on them is more familier to most people being that they are 30yrs old
The 690 needs oil changes every 5000 klm (the oil is not cheap for them either!) and valves checked every 10K but not much else. The DR will run on any old rubbish and has longer service intervals (can't recall what they are...10 yrs or something like that )
If you have it serviced by someone who knows what they are doing and dont try and outsmart the techs who designed the mapping, don't put the worst grade mongolian vinagar in it for fuel the 690 is a reliable bike.
'08 E shows 5,000 miles or so.
Doing the CA Cycle pump. and I'll probably mod the pump housing for more flow around the new pump for additional cooling.
Also, thinking I may replace the quick disconnect with the NAPA filter (part number?) Will the filter fit in the stock location of the disconnect?
I hardly ever ride tarmac , but I think with the Vortex on the economy mode it would be similar economy to standard. A lot of the Vortex maps give a noticable decrease in economy .
I don't have any problems with the stock seat but i do stand up alot on the rides i do
Nice one B2..... that about sums up the seat comfort question....it's ok as long as you don't sit on it
Or have a cinderblock for an ass.
I got 16 km/l yesterday over a 350 off-road loop using Vortex's economy map. I was the only bike that had severe range issues.
yeah - if you only do rides that you sit down on buy a tiger 800 xc