Orangecicle v2.0: My KTM Basel 690 Quest story

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  1. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    I test drove a Ram ProMaster 159 high roof yesterday. It was surprisingly easy to drive. Butt ugly, but really pretty neat. Check out this setup:

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    The only issue I had with the freightliner sprinter I drove was some awful turbo lag, beyond that, it's superior to my current transit in every other way. Never been behind the wheel of a promaster, but it has to be at least as good as the transit.
  4. Orangecicle

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    The Promaster turns on a dime. It's crazy. I think it would out turn my Jeep Wrangler. :loco Because its front wheel drive, the floor is much lower than the competition, so lower center of gravity and lower roof than the competition while still giving you about 6'4" headroom in the high roof model. I think it has the same 3.6 liter engine as in the Wrangler these days, so it's a pretty solid engine. They offer a diesel with some oddball manual/automatic tranny that is a manual that shifts for you . . . and has no "park" setting. :jjen
  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    Some much needed 450 Rally porn:

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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Been following Pyn’s videos pretty close. Fantastic work!
  7. dirtybikefrank

    dirtybikefrank Beast wrestler

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    What does your Basel 690 weigh?

    Interested in passing on the 950 for one.

    Cheers
  8. Orangecicle

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    There's a photo in the thread somewhere showing actual weight. I think the general statement from Basel is that the kit adds 20 lbs over stock 690 weight. It's a featherweight compared to a 950.
  9. MiniNL

    MiniNL Dutchie in the US

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    Agreed, the 690 is more fun to ride than the 950, mostly due to weight. It’s not lacking in the power department either.
  10. Orangecicle

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    Yep. The 690 has a better power to weight ratio than the 950.
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    A little fun creeping down the best B road in Iowa:

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  12. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Looks like another great place to not take a 990!
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  13. timeOday

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    Using what figures? For dry weights I get:

    98/419 = .234
    67/309 = .217

    If these weight are right then then 701 Enduro with 72 HP would be equal in power/weight to the 950.
    Of course nobody can agree on weights.
  14. Orangecicle

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    So, 98/454 = .2158. Basically, the bikes are very close in terms of power to weight. But, the lack of weight makes the 690 much more enjoyable to ride. But, to each his own.
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    timeOday Long timer

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    That's the 950 Adventure, what I posted was for the 950 Enduro vs. the 690 Enduro.
  16. Dualsport4ever

    Dualsport4ever Been here awhile

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    Maybe he went with the 950 Adventure because his Quest is more like a 690 Adventure. :hmmmmm
  17. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    950A=Orange’s previous ride...ya go with what ya know.
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  18. Orangecicle

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    The real point is that you don’t really lose much of the giggle factor when you switch from the 950 to the 690. Very comparable power, but the lack of weight makes all the difference. Just ask RoundOz after doing Slickrock on his 990 with Safari tanks. :rofl

    Me: “Oh, I saw a bunch of old guys do it on YouTube. You’ll be fiiiiine.” :jack

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  19. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    I think all those old guys were riding on my back on the day!
  20. Tessier

    Tessier Been here awhile

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    I have owned both a 990 and a 690. They are totally different animals in my mind. I dreaded deep water and extreme off-road stuff with the 990. Sure you could get through everything but it was gonna hurt and boy was it gonna take a while. On the bright side you were rewarded on the road it was pure bliss!

    The 690 is an animal on the road. It’s light and powerful and lifts the front wheel all the time! She’s exciting and mean and will hurt you if you don’t pay attention. However if your go for A cruse on the highway its a bore the seat will hurt and you will finally notice the vibes. Take it off-road and you will be rewarded! It’s almost capable of small bike routes and you can do almost anything with it! I love mine and am glad I sold my 990 for it.
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