New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    You need to put about 50,000 miles on the stock forks before the internals are damaged enough to have a nice smooth ride.
  2. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    That's funny. I was loosely considering putting my 08's forks on the 2012 because I finally got the clickers tuned in a way that I like... after 30k miles. :lol3
  3. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    You guys are brutal! :lol3
  4. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    You're kidding :huh ... Or you're not playing hard enough maybe ??? :deal At 50000 miles, my forks will be enterely destroyed.

    Let say there's a big difference after 2500 miles off road. Then it smooths gradually. Retrofit every 10000 miles. Seals every 5000 miles, or every seasons. Match with the annual seals change.

    Paul Jr
  5. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    My 2012 forks were much less harsh from brand new than my 2008 was after several thousand miles...
    The 2008 & 2012 have the shorter travel, but the 2012 has different compression damper adjustments and internals....
    at any rate, it's better than the 2008 ever was...
  6. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    I'm going to try to do a warranty claim in a few weeks. I'll post up what happens.....
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    In other news....
    Nice review of the 690 I found here:

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    http://www.enduro360.com/2012/11/10/products-tested/2012-ktm-690-enduro-r-review/
  7. sdd04

    sdd04 Been here awhile

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    Couldn't tell if you posted it somewhere, could you tell me which model Vibranators you ended up putting in the 690?

    Thanks
  8. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    Since we did all the install at his shop, no packaging or paperwork that I can reference for you. Hmmm. I don't see them on the Site. These are the newest coming out of them. I'm thinking we were helping on the R&D. Don & I tapped the bar ends to fit them. I chose NOT to cut off my bars. That puts them out an additional inch from the ends. I did have to do some bending on my Cycra guards to get them to fit correctly. The ones I have are about 6oz each and thread into the bar ends. We did to go to longer end bolts than would have been supplied. That was more for my wishes than his. :D I did the standard inside the bar units on the 950 & my sons EXC.
  9. sdd04

    sdd04 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. Guess what I'll do is call them when I'm ready to order and talk to them about it.

    If you had it to do over, would you cut the bars down?
  10. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    Nope. I usually add a 1/2 inch spacer anyway.

    Sent from outer space with my Thunderbolt with Tapatalk.
  11. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I am kidding. i have ridden the shit out of my 08 and never could get the stock suspension dialed in or loosened up into anything good for aggressive trail riding. it was good for dirt roads and good sized jumps but just not great for trails. With a reworked set of R suspension on there it is better but could still be better yet.
  12. MrHix

    MrHix Been here awhile

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    The new ones look like this:

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    Cheers,

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    sdd04 Been here awhile

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    Thank you sir!
  14. daveburton

    daveburton Been here awhile

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    Chaps,

    Not sure if this is the right place but I'm looking for constructive opinion on the right bike for a LDT adventure bike. I've asked the question in a few places as I'm trying to get the right answer and it doesn't get better than here for advice.

    I am thinking,

    690 enduro R 2013
    70mm lowering kit (appreciate any info on how best to achieve this and keep 21")
    Big Safari tank.
    Protection equipment, skid plate, bars, head light, what else.
    Fairing or screen, which is better
    luggage racks
    bag type, hard or soft, I;m told HT are good.
    Is the standard seat ok for touring
    I want to retain the ability to ride 2 up sometimes if possible
    main stand

    what else

    One BIG concern I have is that there are many cases of reliability issues. Would the Rotax based bikes be a better choice. I like the power but I think the comment I've seen ref pushing an interesting bike v riding a boring one.

    I don't want to build a bike only to find I need to change it due to continued reliability issues.

    All views or comments very much appreciated.

    Cheers dave
  15. Mudguts

    Mudguts when in doubt GAS IT

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    With a70mm lowering kit you'll have 180mm left thats road bike territory I cant see that being a nice plush
    Ride
  16. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    I dropped my 09 an inch(24mm?) and will do te same on the 11 I just got. An inch is noticable. 70 mm is a huge drop.

    If you want this bike that low, I'd look at some bmw's that are better suited for longer touring on roads in other ways too.
  17. daveburton

    daveburton Been here awhile

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    Based on the specs I got the seat height is 910, ground clearance 280 so should still leave 840 seat and 210 ground clearance.

    Is this correct for the 2013 ??
  18. MrHix

    MrHix Been here awhile

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    Dave,

    I did the following to my 12:

    1 1/2" (38mm) lowering & revalve by Superplush suspension (I'm 5'8" with 32" (812mm) inseam, 150 lbs)
    1" removed from sidestand (local shop)
    Seat Concepts seat cover & foam
    Flatland skidplate
    Moose Racing Hybrid footpegs

    I am very happy with all these mods. No reliability issues, but only 1600 miles (2500 km).

    Have Fun,

    MrHix
  19. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    I hadn't looked at those measurements and wouldn't doubt their accuracy but what may be more important is that you will be putting you're wheel into the gas tank on every little rut. Kouba makes a 1 5/8 inch lowering link, add a 17 inch rim, and you would probably be as low as this bike should go.
  20. daveburton

    daveburton Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I hadn't thought of the rim. That should give me about 12 to 14mm I think and also give a similar amount of additional clearance. With the Links at 41mm would be 53 without touching the shock.

    Does the 18" rear wheel make a big difference to off road, gravel road riding compared to the 17".

    What do you think of progressive springs (hyperpro) to allow more initial sag, I used them on my GSA and they work very well on that.

    As reference, an XT 660 has 210 clearance stock which is why I think the 70mm affect on ground clearance (which would be 210) would be good for what I want to do.

    Any idea how much I could drop the triple clamps before running into clearance issues at the front.

    What about a shorter shock, any recommendation for the best replacement shock, Hyperpro, Wilbers, Ohlins etc. Could I get the original shock modified.

    Whatever i end up doing it needs to be reliable for the intended use.

    thanks dave