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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crankshaft, Sep 6, 2011.
Also looks like someone could use a Photoshop refresher course. That picture is a mess.
Did BMW buy KTM when we weren't looking?
Well that thing sure looks ugly. Lets hope its just another ugly concept photo and if they make a real one they work all the ugliness out of it.
If it does look like that then I saved a bunch of money.
Should be Wednesday, I think.
Had a closer look at the wiring tonight. No obvious shorts but one lead on the coil was a little loose. Started the bike and wiggled it around to no effect. The engine only died when I almost pulled the lead off, but there certainly could have been a loose connection there that was causing a problem that I fixed by wiggling the wires around yesterday. I crimped the connector and now it fits tight. I checked all the connector plugs around the throttle body and all looked clean. Added dielectric grease anyway. Nothing left to do now but some test riding.....
The coil connectors have been a common problem in South Africa as well. I've reported on it in the old, recently demised super threat
Correct me if I'm wrong--but I seem to recall you use the Scott's shark fin rear rotor protectors ( which are pretty beefy) on all of your off road bikes. If that is the case ( and I know you are a man of few words) would you mind briefly sharing the story of how you bent the rear rotor?
Well its not a 690, but this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeswyb7Bj5A&feature=player_embedded gives video proof that KTM does quality assurance checks at the end of the assembly line--at least on their 2011 RC8R 1190s. It's a 5 min video, kinda interesting. About 3/4 the way through the camera guy zooms in on a sign posted as a warning to the operator of the testing equipment. I'm curious as to why if the factory is in Austria (I'm assuming)--why the sign is in English and not German?
im not too sure how it hapened either as i do use scotts protector. i do ride it in lots of rocks and have destroyed the chain guide also.
is there a good chain guide replacement?
ktm twins sells a nice chain guid....i put it on the race bike...cannot remember the supplier but its the only ktm twins has listed.
Here are 2 to look at. I've no first hand experience with either though.
or for $50.00
I have the guide that Seth talked about from T.M. Designworks. Seems pretty beefy. Got it at KTM twins.
In my opinion it's ALOT better looking than most of the "rally" or "adventure" fairings most of you 690 guys have cobbled onto your otherwise good looking 690's in an effort to make them look racey.
cases in point...
+1 for TM Designworks. I've run them on all my HS bikes for years. Can't beat em'.
It looks line an F800, so why not eliminate the waiting period and just buy one of those. I think the true nature of the Rally fairing has more to do with function over form. Protecting the navigation equipment seems to be the point with some added wind protection for the rider at speed. Some people like to pretend a run to the store is a Dakar stage and that is fine, but that "adventure" is ugly for the sake of being ugly I think
Looks like it takes some styling cues from the Ducati MTS1200. I kinda like it.
I can say with 100% certainty that the Bulletproof designs chain guide protector DOES NOT WORK ON THE 690. I bought one and tried to fit it, at first it looked like just a little grinding was needed, pretty soon, I'd nearly ground it to nothing and still no go. I wish that I had just bought the TM designs one first, I'd be money ahead now.