The KTM 690 Enduro Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Anyone have a good source for spark plugs for a 2014 690? I’m about to do my 12,000mi service and it seems like they’re due for replacement.

    I checked KTM Twins, but it seems they list LKAR8AI-9 instead of what’s in the manual (LKAR8BI-9). Maybe it is compatible?
    The do have the LMAR7A-9, so it’d be nice to order from one place.

    I also checked Babbitt’s but they listed one of them at $34, which felt a little excessive. Plus my recent orders from them have taken forever to arrive, so the combination has me slightly less than enthused.
  2. Oddfellow

    Oddfellow Beasty Rider Supporter

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    I was going to buy them from my local shop. The long one was $46! The shorter one was just shy of $30. I’m still a trip away from 12k so I elected to wait. I did find one on Amazon for $13.36.


    https://www.amazon.com/NGK-LKAR9BI9...-----------&vehicleName=2014+KTM+690+Enduro+R
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  3. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Thanks -- maybe Babbitts isn't as out of their mind's as I thought.

    Looks like the plug on Amazon is the same as what KTM Twins sells. Oddly, Amazon says the part number listed in my manual does not fit the bike (LKAR8BI-9) while this one (LKAR9BI-9) does.

    It'd probably help if I educated myself as to what the codes mean, but that would take all the fun out of it.
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  5. BigWally

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    Recently bought both plugs from RMA for around $45.
  6. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    Before you get too far invested in farkle - start with the exhaust. Getting rid of that nuclear furnace solved 99% of my complaints. I'm thousands of miles and many big rides into my simple setup now (no emissions stuff and new exhaust). I went with the Leo Vince as it was well under $300 and I've had great luck with them in the past...it's a great option for the 690.

    All my complaints about the bike in stock form vanished. I stopped modding it and just love it for what/how it is.
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  7. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    Regarding the spark plug posts above: 2015 690 Rottweiler intake and aftermarket silencer.

    So what is the difference between NGK LKAR8AI-9 and NGK LKAR8BI-9? Is one better for the opened up 690?

    It's time for me to change plugs as well.

    Thank you.
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    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    "B" has a removable nut on the terminal, "A" has a solid end.

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  9. GF-kam

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    Hey NJ-Bill,

    Came across your post from 2017. I am in similar situation. Looking to migrate from a heavily modded out WR250R to something like KMT 690 Enduro. I am looking for something less buzzy and more street worthy than my WR250R. But, still hope to do fire roads and mellow dirt roads. Reliability is still a concern and seat comfort. Any updated comments to share between your WRR and 690 experience ?

    GF-kam
  10. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    I don't want to speak for @NJ-Bill, but I know that I bought his 690 from him this past winter. I believe he had bought a Beta and was really concentrating on more dirt bike style riding down in the Pine Barrens. Granted, he may have also mentioned that he might also get another WR.....so take that for whatever it's wort (and with a grain of salt...as I was totally fixated on the 690 when we met).

    For whatever it is worth, I moved down from a 990 and have been blown away at how much more capable the 690 is when the going gets a little rougher. It's certainly boosted my confidence and been a hell of a lot of fun in doing so. Knowing all bikes are a bit of a compromise, I think KTM nailed it with this one. Good luck.
  11. GF-kam

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    Hey MattF44,

    No problem all good. You're input is spot on.

    I have two bikes. One is a 2012 BMW F800GS and my xBDR bike is a 2012 Yama WR250R. I am getting too short for my tall F800GS. Not to mentioned very heavy F800GS. So I keep my F800GS to nothing more than gravel roads. I actually started looking for something smaller and lighter to transition from 530 lb. F800GS. Call it adventure touring bike. The KTM 690 Enduro R has always on my short list. I finally got a chance to ride a lowered one last week. Felt good. I was impressed my power, suspension, weight, and ergonomics. Seat might be only issue. But, ll around bike.

    I am just thinking instead of taking a big hit on my F800GS to swap my WR250R for KTM 690 Enduro R. Living in northern VA, I am mostly on country roads and some gravel roads. I don't do anything like single track

    Appreciate your input.
  12. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good Supporter

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    Matt is correct. The 690 was great, but I am riding almost no street anymore, so it was overkill. My big bike is now a WR250R and my small bike is a Beta 300 2-stroke. :lol3


  13. River-Runner

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    FYI - Again regarding the plug discussion above.

    Just bought two sets of plugs from NGK.com for $42 and change shipped.
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  14. MattF44

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    Which product numbers? I’m procrastinating for some weird reason.
  15. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    NGK.com $5 shipping

    NGK 4908 LMAR7A-9 Standard Plug

    NGK 1553 LKAR8BI-9 Plug
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    Ive got factory forged billet one... no complaints, other than it being expensive but its billet vs plastic cap
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    Not wanting to spend that much. The vanasche has a metal cap too
  19. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    I just removed the lock and added the thick gasket. Worked fine for several years now
  20. GF-kam

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    I am planning on finding on a late model KTM 690 Enduro R. I am assuming KTM sells a detailed Service Manual on DVD? Bike year specific? Does it provide adequate detail, torque specifications, and diagrams?