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Discussion in 'Photos' started by kiwiDakar, Jun 29, 2002.
Wow is the red graphics a 690, hell of a good look for that bike.
Great looking bikes - I can only imagine how much fun they are (not having owned or even ridden an SM).
I looked up the history of Husqvarna (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husqvarna_Motorcycles#Ownership_changes_and_acquisition_by_KTM
And KTM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTM
Did KTM pick up all the other stuff (farming equipment, basically)?
Does a rider feel like they're riding anything different (lineage wise) simply due to the bodywork and livery?
Yeah, that’s a 2020 KTM 690 SMC R. I’ll get a better picture of it.
It appears that KTM only purchased the motorcycle division.
These things are super fun to ride. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they are the most fun bike they have ever ridden. I came from a dirt bike background. I grew up on a 1,500 acre ranch, close to Los Angeles. So, most of my life I rode almost every day. Back then I didn’t have a street bike. I just didn’t need one to ride. I had sports cars for the outside world. About 2008, when I wasn’t spending as much time on the ranch, I picked up a KTM 530 EXC. It was a good bike. But, they are a lot of maintenance and their engines aren’t that flexible for street riding. Then I bought the ‘18 701. I believe in hard break ins for these. And, when I took my first pull through the gears down the street, I got a silly grin and told myself, “yeah, this is the way it’s supposed to be”. And, the maintenance on these are a lot less. Suggested oil changes are 6,000 miles. I do mine at 3,000 miles and it’s still a lot less than the 530 intervals. And, the valves rarely need adjustment.
The 701 and 690 feel more different than I though they would. The 690 has full traction control, ABS front and rear and a quick shifter. The 701 only has the front and rear ABS. Engine wise, the 690 feels a little softer than the 701. The suspension on the 690 is a little shorter than the 701. But, the 690 suspension feels smoother. It feels like it gets a little bit better traction in the corners. Overall, I like the 701 better. It just seems more raw to me. I’ve spent most of my life riding a CR 500. And, the 701 really reminds me of riding that bike. I swear, it makes me feel like a hooligan kid again.
It really is a beautiful bike. I wish I had long legs.
Looks a great setup, I would have paint the trailer though.
How tall are you?
I have a Silver colored Wing as well. What kind of trailer is that?
Champion colorado sport trailer...I have had it 8 yrs
My wife on her 690R with 17” supermoto wheels. We installed a 1.75” lowering link. She’s 5’6” tall.
Ask and the answer will appear. That trailer regardless of color, it dam nice, with that setup, there is little as regards time and distance to stop you, look real good my friend. Civilized camping.
5-07 with 29 in inseam
The long ride home;
The long ride home by APM Photography, on Flickr
Evening ride, after work beside the TN river.
Kind-a new here but, here's my contribution to the *Picture* thread. It's my 3 month old, 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT. What a great machine.
Hell of a start! Look forward to more good stuff.
I notice on YouTube everyone had a Honda CRF250L so I got one too.