New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Well, my battery took a shit today. Stopped and started it a dozen times throughout the morning. First time we stopped after lunch I hit the starter button and nothing, not a grunt, not a click, NADA. The headlight was on and SEEMED OK, but I hit the horn and just croaked.

    Luckily, I happened to be stopped in front of a house and the owner offered up his battery charger. I tossed it on for 15 minutes and then tried the starter and boom, got it running. Made a bee line to the house. Got in the garage and killed it, then hit the starter and nothing again. Guess I have a reason to pick up a new Shorai or Antigravity battery. :D
  2. Jonathan75

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    Where are the pics of this bike loaded with gear? Am I in the wrong spot I am looking for some ideas on what type bags/luggage go on them. Could someone point me in the right direction? Talking about the 690 enduro R
  3. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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  4. Jonathan75

    Jonathan75 Adventurer

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    Thanks. Thats exactly what I was looking for.
  5. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    heres a quick shot of mine as loaded for vacation this summer, pretty close to sorted out.

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    touratech racks, wolfman expedition bags and enduro tankbag, custom made bottle holders for my 1.5 liter fuel bottles, a pair of cheap molle pouches from a gun case. the pack behind the saddle is my tent. Im hoping to do 3000 miles or so over 7 days, with a BMW rally in the middle.
  6. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    No skid plate?
  7. davidmnz

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    Nice setup. I'll probably end up with something similar except I will go for Wolfman racks. BTW why the centre stand?

    Looks like you have a Kouba link fitted but you haven't raised the forks. I have a Kouba link on my bike and it was pretty easy to raise the forks about 15 mm. Tiny bit lower seat height and no detrimental effect on handling. If anything it's a bit better with the forks raised.
  8. davidmnz

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    I really shouldn't have played with the injector. I now have fuel leaking from a torn o-ring. The one that seals the nozzle to the housing. Be warned. Don't trigger the injector unless you have some way to stop the nozzle getting blown out of the housing by fuel pressure.

    Good news is that this o-ring is a common one used in various KTMs and not just in injectors so it gets consumed fairly regularly and is in stock here.
  9. Jonathan75

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    Lightfighter are you still around? Would you mind me picking your brain for a few min about your bike?
  10. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Looks pretty sweet. My setup is very similar.
  11. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    Could you expand on this lowering business? I'm average height (6'1") but my 2010 690 is difficult to get on and off. I have to climb it like a horse. So, how much is it lowered, and does it affect the handling or ability to go over bumps? I might need to do this if there's no real penalty. If there's already a thread about all this, please point me to it.
  12. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    OK, keep this quiet, but something similar happened to me after I had been topping up the front brake reservoir. Turned the ignition, headlight on but nothing else! F**K. Took the seat off, checked the fuses, twiddled all the wires I could see, sprayed everything with WD40 and put the battery on charge over night and read up on how to use a multi meter. Next day after no result with the charged battery, I stood there looking at the bike and just happened to glance at the kill switch - yes , you've guessed it, i'd knocked the thing off when I was farting about with the brake reservoir :rofl

    For God's sake don't tell anyone.
  13. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    YET... I'm not quite done yet



    i lowered the rear 1 inch, and left the front at full height. while i MAY drop it a little, i like the steering slowed down a bit as it is.
  14. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    If you wind up with redundant working instrument clusters, let me know. I need one - white powder from hell, and flickering LCDs so bad I never know how much too fast I'm going. :rofl
  15. Velociraptor

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    Do you have the 690r instrument cluster? It is the little one, not the one that came on the 2008 model. Have not heard of any white powder problems with the 2009 690r clusters.
  16. rdkyote

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    I like it, so no issues with the upper hand grip bolts? I've been looking for an option and have done the upper/lower tank bolt upgrade. Worrying about those hand grip bolts has kept me from buying any luggage.
  17. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    How did you do it?

    Never mind....found it.
  18. davidmnz

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    I'm 182 cm (6') and I couldn't live with being on tip toes so I had to lower the bike. I got the longer Kouba link which lowers the seat about 25 mm (1"). Lowering links are a compromise because they do affect how the rear suspension works. Many people hate them but I'm happy because I'm not a fast rider. Roughly speaking the longer link softens the rear suspension.

    For me the lowering link was a major plus because it improved my confidence in the gnarly, slow stuff where previously I was scared of tipping over because I couldn't get my foot down. It's a relatively cheap fix anyway so might be worth just trying it.

    On tarmac I noticed that the bike didn't turn as well as it used to. This was one reason I also raised the forks.
  19. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    Excellent. I'll order one and try it out.
    Thanks.
  20. CordR

    CordR Been here awhile

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    At risk of raising the ire of some grumpy veterans (who I appreciate greatly), and at risk of being call an old lady, I have an air filter question.


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    I need to upgrade and I like the idea of clearing out the airbox to add a pod - either the K&N or the small UNI pod.

    But this is primarily to make extra storage space, not so much of a performance upgrade. I'd call it a 'nice to have', not essential.

    My concern with this is what I'm reading about wet weather and possibly river crossings. I live in the Pacific Northwet, it rains 9 months a year here.

    How much of an issue is it with these types of filters?

    I believe Bobzilla has the uni pod, or perhaps that's outdated info. But I know he's also in a dry climate.

    Aside from the rain, my only other concern is the fuel economy. Noah had mentioned in his thread last Sept that he thought he was getting a 20% decrease with the RR setup and was going to go back to a snorkel setup. Perhaps that's more to do with mapping than anything else.


    I may just get the twin UNI filter and be done with it if that's the simplest/low risk thing to do. But if the concerns about wet weather and the smaller pods are exaggerated, maybe I'll go that route.

    Would appreciate any input on that.

    thx

    Cord





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