Opinions needed......640 vs. 690

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crestedbutte-rtw, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    What they said.

    Having had a 640 for ages & having done a few thousand miles on a 690 also I'd go for the 640 for your job. There's a lot that's really cool about the 690 but as an out of the box travel machine the 640 wins for the many reasons outlined above.

    Check into the common issues, Reinforce the subframe, plan to rebuild the waterpump & cam rollers at 25K miles & have fun.

    Cheers
    Clint
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  2. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Well you do have Noah doing a RTW on a 690.. and I met Sherry Jo down here she is doing a RTW on her 690.. which has over 50,000km's on it and still raging.. so it is possible.....

    But thank you very much for your input and time...

    Thanks everyone for your very helpful input and your time... Means alot.. Making my original decision look like it will be the right one.. with the 640...

    Still open to hear other opinions.. thanks again Fletch
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  3. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Thanks for the tips.. had been warned about the water pump and the cam Rollers.. Good to know about the subframe as well..

    Can't wait to make it to NZ to shred in the Next year or so.. My good friend and riding buddy who I met in Panama and then again in Colombia and Chile, but spent three weeks shredding hard with him in Bolivia.. Just shipped over to NZ about 3 weeks ago.. and is now working in Auckland before he keeps moving on with his RTW.. but keeps saying the riding is f-ing awesome and he has only been riding near Auckland.. so cannot wait for that for sure..
    Laters Fletch
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  4. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    I never said it couldn't be done on the 690...

    My concern is the lack of special oil and gas on the trip, fancy internal clutch system the lack of support you will have in the 3rd world. I have 30,000k on mine and still pulls hard.

    something to be said for gravity fed fuel and carburetors,

    I wish you all the luck on what ever choice you decide... no matter what,,, it will be the trip a very few will ever do....
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  5. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Thank you...
    Was not trying to come off as a ass...If I did sorry brother...Was not my intention, was just naming the people I know along my travels, on that bike.. and was jealous of there bikes.. hahaha... Really thank you for your advice.. Specially coming from a owner of a 690... telling me his thoughts.. But I do agree with you, that is one of the reasons I have leaned toward.. the 640... Thank you very much for your time... Fletch:clap:clap
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  6. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    KISS - Keep it Simple Stupid.

    =)

    The 690 wasn't really what 640 riders were after when they wanted an updated platform. haha. Or so I think. Really wish somebody would make that perfect bike but the Japanese don't want to invest, KTM goes overboard with finiky designs, and the others miss the mark. Husky 610 is decent / good.

    There's a 640ADV 3 hrs from me with 15000km's for 5grand CDN. Says all it needs is a chain but the tires and chain in the picture make me wonder if maintenance was an issue. Chain is rusted and tires are about what you'd expect from a traveler riding the world. Worn down to numbs of uneven size (like mine were)

    Not sure what they sell for in Americana. Usually our bike prices are 1-3 grand more.
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  7. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    That's bullshit since your riding season (does not include ice-capades) is usually 1-3 months shorter as well.

    Go figure, eh?
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  8. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The only thing they really got a little wrong with the 690 was the gearing spread IMHO. Everything else can be sorted by the aftermarket. If I had surplus cash I'd happily upgrade & mod & farkle to my requirements, but with the more sorted & reliable 2012+ 690 rather than the first of the line.

    If the OP had cash to burn & was trying to decide between farkling up a brand new 690 or getting a cherry low miles 640 Adv for RTW the choice would be a lot harder but with an 08 690 & value for $ in the equation the 640 is a no brainer.

    Cheers
    Clint
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