New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    We might be biased :lol3

    I like my 690; it does everything I want it to do and weighs the same as the DRZ 400. Yes it's more expensive, but most other bikes in it's engine class and that are near it in power output are usually 80-100 lbs heavier. You can't easily remove 80 lbs from a bike like a F650 Sertao or a KLR.

    So the the 2012 $9,600 I paid for my 690 is for a bike that makes more power than others in it's engine class, is a bit smoother running (from my experience), and has the lowest weight in it's engine class. Those are all things that aftermarket can't really address, so for me it was worth the price premium.

    That being said aftermarket parts and OEM parts for the 690 are quite expensive, the bike is expensive, BUT there's not much else out there that can really compare this against due to the specs.


    Another thing I always like to mention is my 2012 690 enduro makes more horsepower than my old 650 v-strom and weighs about 160 lbs less, and has the suspension and handling characteristics to hit the quad/single track in the mountains after riding across the state on the interstate at 75 mph.
  2. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I'm also forgetting 10th grade science but being at 6,000' ASL would significantly lower the temp at which gas boils no?
  3. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    You can pick up used 09-11 husaberg 450's and 570's for very good prices and they are more of a direct step up from what a DRZ does.
  4. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    These look pretty similar to me...
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  5. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Not significantly. Water boils at 95°C instead of 100°C here, so only a 5% drop.
  6. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Sure.

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  7. Baja Dad

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    I have a 450 Husaberg for sale http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=896277
  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    My point is we can "dual-sport" and "adventure" on ANY bike....some bikes are better suited to particular applications....so we are agreeing that one bike is better than another in certain conditions....

    I have a 450, a 690 and a GS1100.....and try to pick the right tool for a particular job....and I find adventure on each bike. I have toured on the 450 and 690, but have stopped single-track bush-bashing with the 1100 :D

    If I had to pick one bike for the rest of my life, it might be the 450....it just changes how much crap I pack for trips longer than one day.

    I met a British guy at Tecate one time who was on a Honda 125....traveling around the world....so the 125 was an Adventure bike, for sure....


    Call them what you will, and hopefully the bike of one's choice will get them there and back.:ricky:happay:wings
  9. blakrj

    blakrj Need to ride

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    Petrol/gasoline has a wide temperature range at which it boils and if it's a winter fuel, will boil at lower temperatures. At sea level a reasonable assumption would be 95°C. Octane, butanes and isobutanes, ethanol content all have an impact on the temp at which it boils too. At 1,800m, this will be lower at around 90°C; but possibly even lower.
  10. Night Falcon

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    Let me fix that right up for ya TMM :D


  11. MeinMotorrad

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    Is this a new must have upgrade for better off road ability - KTM 690 Fork Inserts by Tractive. Wonder what the price will be. Someone needs to buy these now and let us all know how they work out :wink:
  12. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    I'll bite! I should have my 990 back together by the time those are for sale (if the Safari tanks ever get out of Customs) and I'll be ready to rework the forks on my 690.

    As for the fellow asking about the 690 if you don't ride two up the 690 would be the only bike you really would need. Just change tires and stuff and you have a really nice track, commuter, dirt and adventure bike. I've not taken mine to the road track yet but I did go to a local MX track and had a blast a couple of weeks back and at 60 MPG, WOW!
  13. palmstatecrawler

    palmstatecrawler Been here awhile

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    Check it out! Managed to get the touratech crash bars to work with my flatlands racing skidplate. Had to grind down the tabs and lengthen the holes. It will be a bit of a pain to take off for oil changes but it works. Just thought you guys should know it can be done!
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  14. Velociraptor

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    No doubt I will be ordering those inserts!
  15. TheMuffinMan

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    I probably couldn't even get a foot down with 300mm :lol3; it is kind of tempting if I only used it for dirt riding since dealing with crazy high seat heights and short legs in traffic is kind of fail.
  16. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    :rofl :thumb
  17. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Just got back from a week riding the NWAT (Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail). What an awesome time! Aside from the stupid air intake temp sensor wire breaking on the second day YET AGAIN, the 690 was great! :clap Logged just a bit under 1K miles of ATV trails, dirt roads, and some paved stuff. Had a minimal load so the bike wasn't weighed down to badly. Had no problems in slippery mud, deep sand, or rocky hill climbs. Will definitely go back sometime in the future!

    The first day of the ride

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    4th day:

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    Did have a pretty good get off on the last day on a wet wood bridge. Shouldn't have tried to wheelie over it :eek1:lol3 no damage at all to the bike, just some very sore muscles and a very bruised ego. :rofl
  18. Night Falcon

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    I have the same continual voice in my head telling me to pull wheelies on my 690 but have learnt to ignore it when on slippery wooden bridges, wet concrete ramps either side of creeks, cattle stops, wet grass and on wet road markings :muutt
  19. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Well, guess I didn't get off scott free. Found this when I pulled off the saddle bags today:

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    Got a new fender ordered from Surdyke for $75 shipped. :D
  20. MrHix

    MrHix Been here awhile

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    I take it from the replies I got (2) that no one in the STL area has had a 690 ER remapped. I guess I may have to make a road trip somewhere to get more information.

    Cheers,

    MrHix