BMW Xchallenge 690 Rally Adventure

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  1. rade

    rade Adventure enthusiast

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    BMW Xchallenge

    I wanted reliable bike (BMW) not heavy (as GSA) with long range tank for an Africa overland adventure trip.

    So I build this:D
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    The tuning:
    - excel rims
    - TT tank (500km no problem)
    - Blash plate is custom made (If you order 5+ pieces I can supply them)
    - custom seat from (I can supply it)
    - the rack for TT cases is custom made so that the cases are more in front and their weight is more centralized and you dont need to change the under seat frame (let me know if you want them:-)
    - fairing from KTM 690 Rally
    - bracket for the fairing is custom and removable from the steering neck
    - and a lot small other details

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    The bike was tested on Africa overland trip from Czech Rep to Cape town via Middle East and East Africa. See the practical notes and pix from the trip here.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Nice work :thumb Moving this to Thumpers and adding it to the Index thread.
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  3. MTBiker78

    MTBiker78 ENDURO Wanabee

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    Nice !! Nice !! Almost Perfect :d

    Are You using standard suspension ? :huh
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  4. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Hey Rade,

    Good to see you here as well. :beer

    How you decided about the twin project yet?

    Cheers,
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  5. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Damn that looks good. It's that I spent way to much time fiddling with my Dakar that keeps me from getting a Xc.
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  6. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

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    Sweet. The bike is limited only by imagination and ingenuity. Did your friend at times wish he had a smaller bike than his 1150? Looks like fun was had by all regardless.
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  7. rade

    rade Adventure enthusiast

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    Front:
    I've tried progressive springs, but I like the standard one more as they are more soft and better absorbing the shocks...

    Rear:
    I have Ohlins as well. It reacts faster and sharper, but to Africa I took the standard Air one and no problem:wink: Main reason was ability to adjust the seat height...
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  8. rade

    rade Adventure enthusiast

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    Hey Lukas,
    I did some small research and I think of combinig versys engine with Yamaha TT600S frame... But I dont rush. I like more and more the superenduro conversion, but than the weight is again 200kg...
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  9. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    :D but nice chop job!
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  10. header

    header Chris

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    Sweet build. It looks kind of funny but I really like it.

    Where did you source the 690 fairings?

    Also you said the fairing bracket is removable. Did you do something different than drilling into the frame? Pics?
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  11. rade

    rade Adventure enthusiast

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    690 fairing is original and I think of producing few copies as there is demand...

    Here you can see the fairing bracket:

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  12. redbastard

    redbastard Long timer

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    I strongly considered getting an X-challange BMW before getting my ktm 950. The 690 ferring looks way better than the TT fairing for the big tank. Nice work my friend , nice work.
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  13. Seth S

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    I thought that when KTM parts came into contact with BMW parts there would be some sort of violent reaction or perhaps some contact corrosion :rofl
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  14. header

    header Chris

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    I get it, much smaller than the regular navigational tower used on a bike that needs all the equipment for rallye racing. Im assuming this leaves you with a lot more room to mount your own equipment or maybe the stock bmw speedo? (im not furmiliar with any of the stock bmw components)
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  15. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Did you say that you used an original 690RR fairing? :eek1

    The thought of buying the 3 pieces for €2000 or so and cutting them to match your tank is pretty nasty...

    Did you know that RallyRaid Int. makes a copy for about €350?

    https://shop.rallyraid.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=BI_1002

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  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Save yourself 35 kgs and start again!
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  17. rade

    rade Adventure enthusiast

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    Yes, I did used the original... but not for an 2000E :puke1
    I hope I will be able to offer an copy cheaper than RallyRaid...
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  18. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    :rofl :rofl Try getting that past the Mrs. I told he last year I needed a DRZ E to learn to ride on, and keep the Dakar as a travel bike. Which we did.

    I'm not holding much hope.
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  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Rade ... I like the luggage rack ... nice and forward.

    You can make more?
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  20. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    rade, why don't you consider doing a replica of the new Aprilia rallye fairing...much more unique and you'll garner a lot of interest!

    The "hammerhead shark" headlight design will look exy on the X!
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