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Orangecicle v2.0: My KTM Basel 690 Quest story

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Orangecicle, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Yeah I had to look that up. I’m glad you said exhaust rather than muffler. You could achieve the same effect in 10 minutes on the oem pipes with a sawzall - Austin Racing: a division of Dewalt Inc.
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  2. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    It's insane really. I mean it really sounds like a NASCAR racer against the wall at full throttle. When I was riding it home with the baffles in it, I would pass semis and drop a gear just to listen to the chaos being emitted.
  3. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    It's starting to look somewhat like a motorcycle again.

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  4. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Any progress?
  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    She's back together again and an inch shorter (RaceTech components installed to fix the harsh suspension). I'll pick her up later today.

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    I also got all of the parts in the mail to make the Dnepr run, but I'm having problems with a leaky left carb that I can't quite figure out. I'm planning on dropping it off to see if it's reparable. Otherwise, she should be close to operational. I have an LED headlight on the way: https://www.ebay.com/itm/DOT-Approv...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Once I have it running, I'll have to dive into the alternator. Either the alternator or the odd little rectifier box thingy is not working.
  6. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Sounds like great progress. What height is your suspension now? I’m finding the 2019 to be about as tall as I would want it to be, but I have yet to properly set the sag.
  7. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    We haven’t set the sag as yet. The suspension before was 275. I think the newer 690s are 250, so our bikes should now be the same height. And yes, I wouldn’t want it any taller than it is right now. I’ve always struggled with the height of the bike as it was, and the suspension was also so harsh (i.e., it would not compress when hitting something) that the bike was a real pain to ride in the rough. It seemed much improved overall with these changes, but time will tell.
  8. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?!

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    Did you ever upload an app to the app store?
  9. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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  10. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    The winter project is coming along. Wahoo!

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  11. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    What's everybody else doing? I'm finally getting enough time to finish a few parts for my sidecar bike project. The little toolbox door is the most complex part I've ever made. It has an inner layer that matches the curve of the gas tank, an outer layer that is flat, and a carbon fiber piano hinge down one side to give it a mount point for the tank. Whew!

    The other part is just a taillight spacer . . . that no one will ever actually notice.

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  12. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Wow. I wanna see that piano hinge!
    I've almost run out of needed mods on my 690. Now to save for the ones I don't need...just want.
    Ive been collecting my spare parts kit - electrical components, levers, fuel filters etc. I like to think I can be self-sufficient, or have just the right thing to help someone else out trailside. Suddenly realised the other day I was carrying two front tubes, but no rear. Doh!
  13. ts3doug

    ts3doug Long timer

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    Excellent work!!!
  14. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    @RoundOz, here's that hinge. I had very little room to work with to mate up with the tank mounts, so I made little carbon fiber "straws" and then shaped them to fit around the existing mounts. I made the straws by wrapping carbon around the metal leg of my wife's "Garage Sale" sign. Because the little leg was the perfect size for the carbon straws, the sign had to donate a leg to finish out the piano hinge. The tank and hinge bits will all be gloss black in the end, so it should all blend pretty well.

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  15. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Great work!
    I imagined the tubes to be much bigger, but you kept them very small. Carbon nano tubes - real leading-edge technology!
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  16. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    Well, drats! I just learned that the app I use the most -- Motion-X -- has shut down. :baldy The company has gone out of the mapping business and is now into biometric something or other. You can still use the app if it's installed but maps no longer load. Although my tracks are still on the device, there's no way to export them. :2cry
    Well, off to find a new app. Any suggestions for iOS? I need track recording, import of tracks I create, export of recorded tracks, and the ability to load maps before heading out on a trip. Or, there's always paper maps. I'm really good with a paper map. :cromag

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  17. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    A recent shot of the Orangecicle. I still suck at riding in the mud.

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  18. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    And a recent shot of the hack I liberated from @RoundOz's barn. Blu the dog is in heaven.

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  19. AJRJ

    AJRJ Been here awhile

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    I see that you mentioned MotionX shut down. I used their app a ton, and really liked it for live tracking and ease of use.

    About a year ago I switched to Gaia for the iPhone, which has been great. The main reason for the switch was the absolutely HUGE map base. I run the pro version so I get the Backroads Map Book download. This is the only way to get these maps electronically that are not on a Garmin GPS. There are a lot of threads and opinions on GPS apps and devices, but the map options are what drove me this way. Only gripe is that it isn't the most glove friendly interface, due to lots of features and small buttons. Other than that, I really like it.

    https://www.gaia.com/
  20. ZLTFUL

    ZLTFUL Optimistic Pessimist

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    Brad, I also used Gaia a bit during our trip last fall. I liked it a lot but it was just a trial for that trip and I didn't really do anything with it after that...

    Using it on my iPhone was challenging with gloves as noted by @AJRJ but I think it would be easier on your iPad.

    I am thinking of throwing the Tom Tom Rider I had on the Multi onto the KTM as a backup but it was pretty finicky about waypoints and the ability to skip them.