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690 Discussion / Re: Upgrade
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:43:08 pm »
I've dumped mine several times without radiator damage.  I've had to replace my clutch cover (which is armored now).  I guess I've been lucky with the radiator.

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690 Discussion / Re: Hello. New here
« on: June 16, 2015, 09:13:48 am »
Welcome to the forum and to the best dual sport on the planet.

I don't have issues with the handlebar vibes.  You may want to upgrade the seat.  If you do a lot of slab riding you may want a little windscreen.  If you plan on a lot of tarmac, you may want less agressive tires.

The only thing the bike *needs* IMHO, is a new pipe.  The stocker is heavy, hot, and plugs up the 690's performance.  I suggest a Wings exhaust--they're totally easy to install and don't require a computer degree to tune.

Rusty

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Introductions / Re: New Guy from TN
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:23:56 pm »
Very nice and clean!  You need to invest in a Wings pipe, it really wakes the bike up (and looks awesome). 

Anyway, welcome to the forum and to the most versitile motorcycle in the world.

Rusty

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Iceland
« on: June 02, 2015, 02:19:24 pm »
Ah, Iceland, my ancestral home Grandma was always on about.

Now I live in Houston, which is as unlike Iceland as a place could possibly be.

Welcome to the forum!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.  Please post some pics of your Iceland adventures, I'm sure we'd all like to see them.

Rusty

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690 Discussion / Re: Essential upgrades?
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:33:02 am »
Other than basic maintenance, I've found that everything else you do to this bike is an option.  Upgrades really depend on how you are using the bike, enduro, adventure, commuting, etc.  Get your suspension and controls setup for you.  A more comfortable seat would be good.  The KTM comfort seat or Seat Concepts seem to be the most affordable options.  If you ride at night, the Cyclops Adventure Sports LED head light-bulb conversion works well and is not expensive.  The Wings muffler is nice if you want less weight, sweeter sound, and less chance of burning yourself on cat-equipped stocker.

+1 spot-on!

The Wings exhaust really wakes the bike up and sounds awesome.  I added supplementary lights, but the Cyclops looks like a simpler solution to the same problem.  I use an AirHawk pad for longer rides.

After that, It just depends how you want to use the bike.  The 690 really is a jack of all trades.

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That's a great deal.  Congrats to you both!

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Introductions / Re: Hi! I am an ENDURO HEAD :)
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:47:11 pm »
Ouch at 1:42!  Welcome to the forum!

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What Broke? / Re: How to replace a broken front brake lever on a 14
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:38:50 pm »
This site is growing internationally.  Let's be supportive of those who boldy participate despite having a language barrier. 

By the way, "google translate" sucks.

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It sounds like a great event and worthy cause.  I wish Houston wasn't so far from...everything!

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Story-Time / Re: XR50r - Blind Enduro
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:49:43 pm »
That's awesome!  My son likes my bike so much, he saved up enough to buy a KX140L.  I love riding with him and we both want to ride the TAT someday.

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Introductions / Re: Hello from the Barossa Valley South Australia
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:37:37 pm »
Welcome to the forum, Valley.  There's loads of info here, compliments of fellow forum members over the past couple years.  Help us keep the ball rolling by posting anything you learn along the way.  Thanks in advance.

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What Broke? / Re: Melted Rear Turn Signal
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:25:31 pm »
What we do say is that I like to read and do not understand.

I'm sorry, but, errr... what?? :-\

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Introductions / Re: New to Forum
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:19:03 pm »
Welcome to the Forum, Rob.  I hope you find what you need.  Be sure to share what you learn along the way!

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Introductions / Re: Hello All New 690 from So-cal!
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:12:39 pm »
Welcome to the forum dubsack!  Man, I wish I was within spitting distance of the Anza-Borrego Desert!

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Introductions / Re: new 690 in ohio
« on: April 21, 2015, 11:07:23 am »
Hey Brian,

Welcome!  It's true: Three's a crowd.

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