The KTM 690 SM Rocks!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MarkN, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. MarkN

    MarkN Long timer

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    Wow, I've just been out on the 690SM demonstrator at Sideways and I'm really impressed! The motor just pulls and pulls and is so smooth, it feels like it wants to send the front sky wards everytime to change gear and accelerate. Stopping isn't a problem either, the brakes are fab'.

    Anyone who buys one of these babies are in for a fun ownership experience.:clap

    Mark
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  2. Terrytori

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    Yeah ... i can pretty much confirm that. After I uncorked this little guy my face went into perma grin. I can only imagine that the additional CCs will stretch the smiles a little.

    Hey Mark... are they now delivering them in de-restricted form or does one still have to go through the BS of removing the throttle stop and re-jetting the carb?

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  3. FrenchOnionSoup

    FrenchOnionSoup Confirmed lunatic

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    Another awesome KTM bike we're not likely to get here in the US. Is it pricy in England? I imagine it would be.
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  4. GB

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    It's available now in Canada, so I would think it will be available in the US.
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  5. FrenchOnionSoup

    FrenchOnionSoup Confirmed lunatic

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    Doesn't look like it. The local KTM also does Kawasaki, and his orders for KTM bikes are skimpy. Only the cross and supermoto competition bike, the 990 adventure, the 950 supermoto. Nothing with the big singles. KTM US apparently pulled the plug on the LC4 Supermoto, which is the one replaced by the 690 I guess. But next year that might change hopefully. The Euro is still high compared to the dollar, and most smaller companies don't even try to export for now. (Husaberg, Husqvarna, even Aprilia to some extent). The bikes they export now into the US market cost them money almost (I understand that's the reason why so many delearships closed down or do not carry these brands anymore). They only try to keep a presence so if things change with the dolar they'll be ready to go. Emissions are no longer a concern since all these bikes are Euro III, which is on par with 50 states (except California I guess)
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    Luckily, the 690 is a fuelie and no jetting required. The new motor is a six speed with a slipper clutch standard! I loved the few laps I got on it at the Streets of Willow Springs last Monday. :super
    The new motor is super smooth with the counterbalancer design, the buzzzuzzzuzzzuzzzuzzzzzzzzz:clap is gone!
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  7. Terrytori

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    Hmmm... i think i may have missed all that good news by about 8 months. My 625 SMC is a serious party. It will also detach your retinas and loosen your fillings in about a mile and a half. :rofl
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  8. The Cheat

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    how about some pictures of this new 690..........................................
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  9. twotyred

    twotyred Practising Recedivist

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    This link has lot of info on all the new 690 variants from Adventure (proposed) to the SM.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=137643&highlight=ktm690

    While the engine sounds like a great improvement on the 640 LC4 I really don't like some of the design aspects of the SM. The vertical mufflers are just plain wrong and I don't really like the mudguard/headlight area.

    Still would be a hoot to ride. I reckon there are lot of 640Adventure riders out there waiting for the new engine.
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  10. micio

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    Naw, looking at that ugly thing will kill this thread.:cry
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  11. crazybrit

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    I'd say +1 but thats not enough, +10 :D
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  12. MarkN

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    In the UK the standard bike is £5795 with a prestige model at £5995 (comes in the same paint as the black 990 Adv.

    There are no carbs on these bike as it has FI.

    There are also two Akro systems available for the bike with the triangular cans looking the best IMHO.

    The bike looks best in black!
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  13. micio

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    Nooooo, my eyes!

    :eek1
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  14. wufdog

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    Glad to hear it, I will be getting mine in a month or 2 and am looking forward to riding again. Been a few years but im stoked and happy to hear the good news.

    Its selling in canada for 10,900.00 if you wanted to know.

    Later.
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  15. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Unfortunately it's still the ugliest street moto ever built!
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  16. Marx

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    don't know about that.
    It's not that the world of dual-sports & supermotos is overflowing with good lookers.

    Besides looks don't matter that much when you're having this much fun.

    The test ride reports circulating here in Australia wrap-on about how the whole bike is designed around the engine - most power & meet Euro 3 , no comprimise - so we get fugly pipes & a massive airbox.
    The battery is just behind the steering head.
    'Ride by wire' but there's a cable from the throttle to the FI body. Seems that the engine 'manages' power output at things like WFO at low revs & full lean - kinda takes the 'user error' out of riding to an extent. Dubbed " Electric power throttle" .
    The 'beak' thing [headlight surround] has been said to actually effectively deflect air enhance stablilty at (some)speed - something alot of SM's can't really achieve unless you cut the high guard right back to the bottom triple clamp.
    185kms/hr top speed
    14 litre tank.(not including reserve)
    Seat height 875mm
    210mm suspension travel front & rear


    In Melbourne (Aust) the first demo 690SMs are available early May so I'll be there with helmet in hand.
    It'll all come down to the test ride.
    Rock & roll.
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  17. wpbarlow

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    Though Cycle World really liked it, they described the styling a "Spy v Spy meets Peterbilt Grill". Probably copped the first part from an early AdvRider thread.

    I have a 950SM, so I'll pass on this. However, an E version would interest me as a replacement for my 2001 LC4.
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  18. Hair

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    Is the 690 snappy from low RPMs?

    The 525 snaps from any RPM.
    While the LC4 is a little slow to rev.

    Where does the 690 fall in that mix?
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  19. Marx

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    Guess: 690 is smoother so less snappy maybe.
    Ask me next month.

    Might be off topic but anyone know if you can bump start a FI engine with a dead battery?
    Happened to my previous '87 KLR650 16 yrs ago (no kickstarter), thankfully it was possible to bump start it (using 2nd gear) because it was carb'ed.
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  20. Max Kool

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    You mean the bike looks least worst in black. I sincerely believe the bike rides very good, but that design, ouch!! :huh
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