KTM 690 Enduro - Long Haul - Alaska Bound

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  1. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    I recently picked up a KTM 690 Enduro, and put some iron butt miles on it.

    The stock tires on it worked great off road, but were a slog onroad.

    I was curious to people's opinions of setting this up for long distance rides.

    Tires, and other setup advice.

    Leaving Minneapolis towards Alaska
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  2. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    690 enduro...... long distance?


    Why?
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  3. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    I want to be able to handle the Dawson highway, and mixed condition roads.
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  4. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    _lee,

    Is this your 1st 690?
    If so, very cool!
    If not, very cool!

    You are going to have a blast!

    Your bum will de-friend you.

    I've ridden a mile or two on the 690/701 family of travel bikes. to Alaska. for breakfast. for dinner.

    This year I'm riding again. on my big dirt bike. to Alaska. for brunch.

    I tell you about my travel set up, but in no way, is that meant to be advice.

    smiley face icon.

    Dave, the bum.
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  5. Kaalsb

    Kaalsb Adventurer

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    Comfortable seat, taller bars, comfortable luggage and suspension to handle it all. I would want a rally kit or some setup with more fuel capacity and a fairing.

    I don't think i could take an enduro on an ~8k mile road trip.
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  6. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    _lee,

    I just traded in the 701 for Kate4. (yes, my 4th 690)
    Husky had a respectable 29,000 miles.

    He never let me down, though I let him down once in Utah, and had fun both trips north with him. He was a good boy.

    Meet "Dances on Rocks":
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    He set the Tuk-Inuvik record last year in 2 hours.
    He did the work, I just held on and randomly barked at stuff.

    I ran Mitas Dakar E07 Rear, TKC80 front. These worked for me. Very wheelie-able.
    I will have some hippo hands enduro front hand (paw, in my case) protectors this year, those giant protectors in the photo weren't good for off-roading - they were a must for keeping my paws dry.
    Vanasche Motor Sports Side Racks and Perun top thing mounted with Mosko/BMW 25L BC side bags and Touratech Dry duffels for my camping gear.
    Enduristan Tank bag.
    XTrig Preload Adjuster be cause I need proper tension on the wheel that usually stays on the ground.

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    A few spare fasteners and a few tiny tubes of KTM recommended thread lock 243.
    Extra oil. The big beasty will consume a wee bit during the thousands of fun miles.

    I carry the snapjack thing for chain maintenance. I also carry light weight chain break and press tool.

    That's all I can remember for now.

    Dave
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  7. DisqoG

    DisqoG Adventurer

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    Leaving NYC 5/28-ish meeting GF (flying) in Twin Cities 6/1-2ish
    Then off to Prudhoe or Tuk
    Mostly camping
    I’m old, slow n sleepy and do 450 +?on the slab 200 on local tar and mental health / laundry days
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    Makes sense? Hit me up
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  8. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    This is my first 690, I have a seat concepts seat on it now.
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  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    If you have a 2019, the gear shifting with no clutch is kinda cool. I think I like it.

    :-)
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  10. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    Dave, your setup looks great. I currently have the stock tires, seat concept seats, the underseat extra fuel, touratech rear panniers, ortlieb dry top bag, wolfman tank bag, and a front fender wolfman bag for levers, and brake replacements.

    I have done a triumph scrambler from Seattle to Minneapolis, a R1200GSA from San Diego to Minneapolis, and a several Rocky mountain trips.

    I got this bike to be more nimble for off road and sketchy roads. I fully understand I compromise comfort, but would rather start smaller and move to comfort. I am thinking of road tires while slabbing it, and moving to more of the knobbies come northwest and up.
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  11. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    George, my plans are for next year. Thanks for the invite.
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  12. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    For you 690/701 riders, no issues with the fuel injector, pumps or filters? I worry about the fueling on my 690, is it just internet jabber?
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  13. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    _lee

    Well said.

    At least 4 of my favorite camp spots (on my AK trips) are single track for short distance.
    This bike is the only one that'll do that and still blast up the highways for long hauls and do sand.

    Dave
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  14. goin2alaska

    goin2alaska Been here awhile

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    That is a perfect bike for this, I did it with a sherpax trailer and 2 ROTOPAX mounted on trailer ( the 690 doesn’t carry much fuel) cruised all day at lets just say good speeds! The nay sayers probably don’t have the knowledge or experience some of us global travelers do.
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  15. uncle milkbone

    uncle milkbone Been here awhile

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    @ _lee;
    Mitas E07 rear will do well on all conditions you're likely to find on your route north. Long lasting too.
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  16. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    I owned one of these bikes for five months. The fuel pump was a cause for me to jabber. Five months and I was done.


    If you plan on riding it, first course of protection would be a tank pre filter from Guglatech.

    Or just wish you had.

    Good luck
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  17. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander still alive and well

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    Not sure if the use the same fuel pump as my Super Enduro had but carry spares ... plural ... not fun on the side of the Trans Lab changing the pump with a million black flies around and the spare pump giving me days of total trouble in northern Newfoundland where I finally got one off a snowmobile which worked but would hydrolock the motor if left overnight.

    Back to BMW's for me with never any issues :D
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  18. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    How do your tires work for extended durations on highway?

    The stock tires made the hands and bum numb. A friend rides the 701, and said with his more street style tires that he could ride 8 hrs and no issues.

    Like I said, I plan on riding road to Alaska and then switch tires to a more dirt oriented tire once I get there
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  19. Sneeze Juice

    Sneeze Juice Been here awhile

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    I’m traveling the country right now on a 690 duke. Both have small fuel tanks, so be conscious of that! Also, over 5k RPM it will suck down fuel.

    No fairings at freeway speeds after a couple thousand miles, starts to wear you down. I would add a rally fairing considering you have the option.
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  20. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile Supporter

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    Seems like the offering out there has huge swings on price points. I like the idea of the rally fairings for sure
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