New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. Oz-Strom

    Oz-Strom Still trying

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    FWIW - I fitted the 1" lowering link to my 690E and dropped the triples about the same amount. I rode our local APC rally in 2012 (8000kms) with the bike fully loaded on some rough and diverse terrain. And I actually like the slight change in how the suspension works. Mind you, I am no racer, but maintain a moderate pace. I found that I needed to keep the drive chain long and the wheel back in the swingarm to avoid rubbing the tank. Set up like this, a new knobby will just graze the tank on big hits.

    A mate, who is vertically challenged, tried the 1 5/8" lowering link on his 690R, but it is too much and does rub the tank. So he had his suspension modded and now he is very happy with the reach to the ground and suspension performance.
  2. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Tha thing is I also want to do some adventure trips so I'll be dressing it up and down. For example when I decide to do Baja I'll throw the bike in the Van, drive down to Bay area and spend few days buzzing all the local twisties and posibly do a track day at one of the tracks. When done I will swap wheels and set up for adventure mode. At this point the van goes in a secure lock up and from there I continue down to Baja on the bike.
    This is how I want to do all my motorcycling from now on. No big bikes no friggn' slab.
    I also have an SV1000, all tricked out street fighter that was put on a major diet :D...It stays but the cow needs to go.
    Anyone want real nice 08 Vstrom 1k :D
  3. jorich

    jorich Adventurer

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    I bought my 2010 at A&E Marine in Brooks AB. Everybody in that shop is great. Everytime I go in there I end up in the back shop talking about 690's and riding trips!

    Hey Canadian, do have the name of that suspension shop? I was at the show on saturday and completely missed seeing any suspension guys
  4. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Sounds like a nice trip. 690 @ Laguna Seca :wink:
  5. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Well I figured it out. :lol3
  6. Tootega

    Tootega n00b

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    I HAVE 2 KUBA LINKS im using the 2" one as i am a short arse. The tyre has clearance (sag rate set) and does not hit the tank. I dont have luggage etc.

    G.
  7. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I don't think the tire can ever hit the tank unless you have a ginormous tire on there. I think with the shock out of the bike the tire gets close to the tank but I cannot remember if it ever hits.
  8. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I've left tire marks on my tank several times...if you bottom the shock, a Bridgestone 120/100 tire will definitely rub on the 2008 model...
  9. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    hmmm guess I will have to look again. mine is an 08 and I have run some tall tires on there and I don't recall any signs of damage on the tank from direct tire contact.
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nah, the 690 SMC/Enduro is more fun on a track then the Duke.
  11. FriedDuck

    FriedDuck Why die all tensed up?

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    I bought a '12 seat from an inmate and its a lot better than my '08. Better i think than the Corbin but ill let you know after some time.

    Anyway it's wider in back and has more foam than the original. Cheap(ish) upgrade.

    I'll post a pic shortly
  12. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    Huh !?!?!?!?!? :huh You call yourself SKINNY ????

    You have to be unbelievably heavy to do that. People loaded like mules ride the bike without a problem ... Really, I never heard of that, and I think I had all the problems that could be ... A friend and I were riding last summer until he kissed the ground (the circus way) for no apparent reasons ... I was laughing my lungs out thinking he was just a sucking noob, up until we rose the bike up and found this :

    [​IMG]


    Wedges cannot get any sexier then that :evil ... Maybe the tractionator tires are too agressives :rofl

    Paul Jr 8
  13. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I was so skinny at age 18, the Army wouldn't take me...:rofl
    I weigh a bit more now...:evil
    I run my compression dampening on the soft side and it will bottom occasionally on big hits...
    Driving off a 3 or 4 ft. dirt bank into a dry stream bed at speed or jumping stuff is usually the cause...
  14. FriedDuck

    FriedDuck Why die all tensed up?

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    Side by side. It's hard to tell but in the back it's about 1" wider, and it's significantly more plush.

    [​IMG]
  15. Harty

    Harty Bloody Good Bloke!

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    Try following this thread for the Evo2kit

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832366
  16. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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  17. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    I do bottom out once in a while, but my tires never grind the tank ...

    Ok. Us army refuse skinnies, but accept women ??? That's illogical Spock !!!

    Do you have a pict of that renegade rear suspension and tank duet ???

    Paul Jr 8
  18. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I sold the 2008 model a few weeks ago...
    So far, I haven't rubbed the tire on the 2012 model, but I haven't tried to leap tall buildings yet...:evil

    [​IMG]
  19. Gustavo.Ramos

    Gustavo.Ramos Been here awhile

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    A friend's 690'10 Enduro R has this weird behavior:

    when closing the throttle and pulling the clutch, the idle drops so low that sometimes the engine stall... This does not happen always, sometimes the revs drop low but still it manages to keep working.

    Upon some testing the idle drops but slowly (maybe the idle stepper motor) gets the revs back to normal idle.

    tried loading a different map (EFI & EPT) with TuneECU, noticed the TPS value is a bit high (0,7 warm).

    Cold start is normal, revs go up, then go down, only when riding if closing the gas and pulling the clutch it acts like this.

    Clutch switch is disabled so the bike thinks the clutch is always pressed.

    Anyone had this before?
  20. yuu

    yuu Been here awhile

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    Stock or aftermarket exhaust?