New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    Here in Vegas it is 50 or more miles of pavement to get to/from our riding areas. Hence the need for Dual Sport bikes. :D
    A typical ride for us is 150-300 miles of mixed pavement/dirt riding. Taking the few minutes to balance my wheels is worth it to be ready for anything.
    Side note- When doing our latest tire change my son found a 6 inch long crack on his front wheel. No ding. Dunno what the heck he must've hit. I guess it is time for a new rim. :lol3
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I usually balance wheels that have rim locks. But for something like my DR or the 690 I don't bother.
  3. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    +1 :deal
  4. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    With a bike like a 690 I find it very difficult to relegate particular tyres to 'offroad only' - you do transport legs and a lot of travel on gravel roads and farm tracks ...

    Once you get over about 80kph, balancing makes a big difference - and at cruising speeds it's chalk-and-cheese ...

    Completely changes the characteristics of the suspension, front and back ...

    That said, $60 sounds prohibitively high - most places here will balance wheels for free if you order your tyres from them - otherwise, the cheap wheel balancers work well ...
  5. Just_P_Dirty

    Just_P_Dirty Its more fun when Dirty!

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    i rode the bike to the shop so they had to pull the wheel and put it back on. the also used the elctronic automotive style machine. i just wanted to see if it would help cause i ride alot on the pavement at 70-80 mph sustained for about 15 miles each way. still not liking the factory front tire that much. louder than the motor, not that great in the sand, and wobbles at speed on hwy...
  6. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Question for the Americans on the BD squadron... I'll be back in Oct riding from Washington thru Or, Cal, Nev, Utah, Arizonia and down into Mexico.

    Anyone have LEO's bother them with the squadron? Though trying to do more off road and more daylight riding the reality is I will probably rack up a 1000 miles of night time road riding in a few weeks and wondering what the odds are of getting ticketed/hassled are?
  7. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    I found that even at speeds of 30-40 mph on hard surfaces can be a problem with unbalanced wheels.

    I balance the wheels w/ knobbies on 450 when I go to Baja because I know there will be some paved sections....I don't balance them for the local single track w/ occasional gravel FSRoads.

    Each to their own.
  8. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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  9. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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  10. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    my bike ran out of battery the other day:huh 12v only and falling while its running..

    the manual I have doesn't mention testing the regulator, only the stator. from other experience of testing regulators, ohm test the diodes being one direction through the regulator.....

    the stator of course has continuity through the three yellows and no ground.

    which I have that.. testing... is it still the regulator the problem? or can there be a mystery and an experiment in spending cash ?
  11. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    they might cut down on the vibration ...
  12. daveknievel

    daveknievel Long timer

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    But you need plenty of bib moose lube.
  13. mbrick

    mbrick Been here awhile

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  14. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Ricky, I've ridden my Berg w/Squadron past LEO's a lot in several states and never hassled, but that was when I was dimmed to reasonable levels. Never blasted a LEO with the full beam. :D My gauge is if cars are flashing you to dim it down you are probably too bright. When you are back in the area, I'd be happy to show you the setup on my Berg. Not sure what I'm doing with the 690 yet, but likely the same thing. BD sells the KTM kit and the metal w/Squadron can bolt right into the OEM plastic IIRC. If not sure about fit you can ask here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21576795
  15. GravityDT

    GravityDT Adventurer

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    I'm picking up a new to me 2011 tonight- stoked beyond words, been missing a bigger DS ever since I sold my 640. question for y'all. What do you recommend for a 80/20% knobby tire setup. Doesn't have to be DOT as they don't check out here, pretty much dry and rocky and I would like decent mileage out of them. Will be used for FS Roads and moderate trail usage
    Thanks!
  16. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    80 road..20 dirt?

    I like the Pirelli Scorpions. They work great on the pavement and surprisingly well offroad and last quite a while too.
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  17. GravityDT

    GravityDT Adventurer

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    Nope looking to go the other way - 80/20 Dirt vs rd. Bike currently has a 20/80 dirt rd setup installed
  18. DirtJack

    DirtJack Adventurer

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    Since the rear's go quickly on most knobby tires I like the Michelin T63 for their low price. The front's last well and don't cup and handle most surfaces well. Last time I bought, they were $130 front+back including shipping.
  19. Baja Dad

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  20. sdd04

    sdd04 Been here awhile

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    feel a need to change the gearing for playing in the forest. Am I better off with a 14-45 or going with something like 15-48?

    Thanks