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bigbikejohn

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Airing out the 690
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:00:13 am »
Here's my latest video, dedicated to offroad riding with my family and friends. Got some great footage of me flogging the 690 offroad pretty hard. Enjoy! Make sure to watch in HD!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_feLpF_sjcI&list=UUqRbj35hg7ybSOjS8zIUcvw
« Last Edit: August 11, 2014, 03:01:56 am by bigbikejohn »

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 08:50:57 pm »
Nice

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 01:43:36 am »
Thanks Dane! I'm still impressed with how versatile our 690's are. Haven't found anything it can't do yet.

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 11:26:48 pm »
Man!  You're flicking that 690 around like a 450!  Well done.
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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 11:51:05 pm »
Haha thanks Rusty. I'll have to load more video of the single track up. I was trying to keep up with a local pro, and me being out of shape held me up a lot more than the 690 did. It was a beast trying to wrangle around as dry as it is here though, the Sandy parts were like talcum powder. I need to lose some lbs and quit smoking. Haha.

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 06:29:59 pm »
Hey bigbikejohn that track is cool as heii!! I love that jump where you kick it sideways a bit. The 690 is a big girl to push around huh?! You ride great dude. Where is that track?
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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 07:21:09 pm »
Nicely done! :)

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 03:29:15 am »
Hey thanks guys,

The 690 wasn't too bad to ride offroad at all. A little heavy at times, but certainly manageable. I really felt the only thing I'd change for riding it like a dirt bike was the exhaust and the suspension, as it was much too soft to keep up with the rest of the bike.

Unfortunately I didn't end up riding her the way I had planned, and ended up doing a lot more commuting and street rides, some 2 up, than I anticipated when I purchased her. I ended up keeping my kx500 and trading the 690 on a leftover new 13 MG Stelvio. I do plan to keep up with you guys, though. May eventually get a 690 again in the future, as I did love it for what it was good at. Just not room enough in the budget for now. I do, however, have plans to get video of the stelvio offroad as well.  :o

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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 07:33:04 pm »
Don't imaging that you're not still "one of us."  We've got members who ride other makes and models here.  Everyone is welcome.
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Re: Airing out the 690
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2014, 08:12:44 am »
They're a a pretty decent bike for the dirt all around. Easy to drop the weight and the suspension can be worked (or just replace it like I did). I liken it to a modern version of an Xr650r in its role, except I think it's better on single track than the big red beast.