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690 Pics / Re: Airing out the 690
« 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

General Maintenance / Re: screws?
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:58:00 pm »
Yeah, Ace is good. Also, rocky mountain and other sites sell some metric nut and bolt kits as well. I lost the bolt frim the clamp that hold both heat shields to the frame around the header. Lol. I think it was an M8 1.25 threads and 15 or 20 mm long.

Racks & Luggage / Re: Touratech panniers on KTM mount
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:39:52 pm »
Almost forgot,

If you want to retain your passenger pegs in stock location with this mounting system, you can. I got 4 allen head bolts that are m8 x 1.25 x 20mm long, spaced the bottom bolt equally to the top one (which now has the mounting point for the pannier frame on it) and thread locked them in.

Racks & Luggage / Touratech panniers on KTM mount
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:13:46 pm »
I bought a used luggage system from these very forums and got it installed yesterday. It's the older Zega cases by touratech mounted on the KTM rack. Install was pretty straightforward and easy, just watch out for a few things:

1. It's very easy to shave plastic off of your fender around the grab handle holes where the top mounts.

2. Be careful where the bolts go in at the buddy peg mounts if you use this rack. It took a bit of pushing to line the holes up, and I very nearly cross threaded a bolt on one side.

Other than that, went on super easy! I'm quite happy with my purchase, since it was well below retail. I've also always liked the idea of hard luggage for road trips.  Since I've never brought more than a camelback and maybe a bum bag with me on tough trails, I'm not too worried about hard case issues there. It's strange getting used to hearing hard stuff rattling around in these aluminum cases, though. Haha.

Also, everyone knows a thread isn't a thread without pics!

Off Topic / Re: best upgrade path for a 50/50 690?
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:48:39 am »
Lol!  You aren't lying there.

When I still had my 450 e/xc, I came off of a single track in colorado one year. I nailed a boulder front wheel first, flew over the bars, landed on my back, found my bike across the dip I had gone into laying on the trail facing the direction I had come from, and when I got to it the bike had smashed a  side cover along the way. It drained oil out and smashed the flywheel. Had it not been for my skid plate (which was drastically bent) I may have required a lot more than a new flywheel and a cover. Lol

To me it's even more important on the 690, since is has no frame cradle to help protect it 

What Broke? / Re: Oops! Bolt fell out.
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:42:18 am »
Now it's a double oops! I misread the parts fiche I was looking at and also stated the wrong clamp in my prior post. It's the clamp for the heat shields, and the bolt is an M8, but it isn't nearly 35mm long. It will contact the tank at that length.

Off Topic / Re: best upgrade path for a 50/50 690?
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:11:55 pm »
Heck yeah, first time I laid mine over, I caved in a hand guard. I bent it back out and rode the rest of the day, went home and ordered a set of real ones. I just went into a corner too hot, grabbed some brakes, over shot it, came to a total stop, then fell over. Haha.

Off Topic / Re: best upgrade path for a 50/50 690?
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:01:42 pm »
For me, since I was about offroad first, street second, I put real hand guards on mine, then the bash plate. I also put some doubletakes on it, since the stock ones decided they need to vibrate to new positions. I bought some luggage from the for sale forums that's on the way and should be installed before the end of the week.

Next is a seat concepts seat install,  and my last big mod that I feel is necessary for making it my perfect 50/50 bike will be the Lynx. After that I'll probably drop an FMF q4 or something on it. The performance really isn't bad, but I'd like to ditch our thermo reactor 100 lb exhaust can.

Someday I might consider getting the suspension resprung and valved to be more progressive and less soft and wallowy,  but I really don't know if it's worth it for my all arounder bike.

What Broke? / Oops! Bolt fell out.
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:49:48 pm »
Well, found a bolt I didn't check during my first service the hard way. Lol. Kept hearing a weird clattering/rattle around the top end of the engine after start up and at certain throttle conditions, mostly when engine braking from mid to high RPMs. Started doing some hunting and found this bolt missing:

It's the bolt that goes through the clamp that seals the muffler to the header pipe. That clamp is surprisingly loud when it rattles just right, lol. No biggie. Found a M8 bolt that's 35 mm long, I think it's a 1.25 thread pitch, but I don't remember, and is a cheap fix. I'll throw some thread lock on it and call it good. Just figured I'd share the first one I've found missing or loose from vibes. If you have some you'd like to share, post 'em up in this thread.

Off Topic / Re: Dream 2nd Bike
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:10:10 pm »
That's how I am, I can do everything on my 690. However, if I had the dough, I'd be rocking one of these too:

A Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX. Just seems like it'd be a sweet bike to gobble up tons of miles on in the off chance I actually had time to ride tons of miles at once. Lol. Plus that Guzzi twin sound is super sexy. Then when you figure it comes with all the stuff the 1200 GSAW does at 24K for only 15 or 16k, seems an easy choice.

690 Pics / Re: Post a Pic of your 690
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:54:11 pm »
Hey, I rode it over Stoney pass through the Rio Grande river to kite lake 2 up, over slumgullion pass 2 up on pavement, and over cinnamon and engineer 2 up. It's definitely capable except for the seat. Lol. I have a lot of plans for weekend day trips in store for the girly and I. Besides, when she's not on it, it gets a worthy offroad ride with my fat butt aboard. Lol

690 Pics / Re: Airing out the 690
« 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.

Off Topic / Re: KTM 390 Adventure ?
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:43:24 pm »
Eh the 1190 wouldn't be bad. I had an 08 1200gs and dropped it twice or three times. It wasn't too terrible to pick up, and it's a good bit fatter than the 1190. If I had the dough, though, I'd grab a Moto Guzzi Stelvio and keep my 690 and 500. Haha.

690 Pics / Re: Post a Pic of your 690
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:40:43 pm »
Oh nice! I wish I had the expertise to do that. I don't know much about upholstery. I'd like to make one that is more friendly for 2 up riding, most of the aftermarket seats look like they're made for one person who sits slightly rear of the center of the bike. Lol.

Introductions / Re: 2014 690R coming soon!
« on: August 20, 2014, 08:48:56 pm »
Welcome aboard man! You'll love your 690. It seems like the most versatile bike ever. With aftermarket support you can make it whatever you want. It's turning into an addiction for me.

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