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General Maintenance / Re: Q's about valve adjustment
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:24:35 pm »
Examine the rocker bearing carefully.  Any play up or down is the tell.  If you have any replace them before selecting shims. You didn't see any movement so I think you are in good shape.  As for getting tighter clearances all I can say is tight side of the range isn't necessarily bad.  Although I prefer the mid range. If you know the reading / setting from the last check compare it to the new check.  If it got tighter then keep an eye on it.  It could mean that the valve is pounding it's way into the seat bringing the stem closer to the rocker.  This would be not so good.  My easy chair opinion is that is not happening.  My experience on this engine is once the engine has a few thousand miles on it the clearances will not change unless the rocker goes bad.

Ride Announcements / July 14-15 2018 Ride the Sierra National Forest
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:39:49 pm »
For all you California KTM 690 riders this event is right up your alley.  The Stewards of the Sierra National Forest will be presenting their 9th annual Membership Fundraiser Dual Sport event.  Mark your calendars for July 14-15 2018 to enjoy some of the best riding on the Western Slope of the Sierra.  There will be hard way, easy way splits for the Dual Sport riders and for the third year Adventure Bike routes that I have selected.  All routes are followed via GPS tracks and roll charts for the Dual Sport routes, what route you follow is entirely up to you.  Bring a friend for a great riding experience.  Fuel will be available at the pre-selected lunch stop each day.  We stage out of the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst, Ca on Hwy 41.

You can visit, like, and follow the Stewards of the Sierra National on Facebook.
The Stewards website is  Email is
Registration for the event will begin as soon as the info is posted.  You can also register the weekend of the event.  In the meantime mark your calendars so you don't miss it.
I hope to see my fellow 690 brothers and sisters there.

690 Discussion / Re: Burning oil?
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:43:28 pm »
Check your manual on this but I think the accepted oil consumption on the 690 is 1 liter per 1000miles.  I think that's way too much even for the first few thousand miles.  My engine was consuming oil too but just a little.  I needed to rebuild the entire engine for another reason.  I did all the work myself so I know the engine very well.  The piston top was pretty much covered in a layer of carbon.  Whether from the worn valve seals or rings I have no idea.  But the bike did not smoke according to riders behind me over the 16K miles.  During the rebuild I hand honed the barrel with a scratch pad in a semi-circular/downward motion. The top end got new rings and valve seals just because I was in there.  I just completed the WABDR and over the 1100 miles it consumed 0.04 liters of 10w-60 Motul oil.  Yes, I really did measure it after draining.

Why some engines consume so much is beyond my comprehension.  Everyone does break-in differently.  I'm sure KTM knows how to do it best.  I just rode it normally. Cold engine/hot engine. Various RPMs, some on paved country roads, some on highways, more on dirt roads and single track.  I will say that the for at least the early air-boxes they were prone to leak dirty air before filtration.  I had to silicone seal the filter frame / airbox interface and I also grease the filter and make sure the airbox / throttle body clamp is firmly secured.  Dirty air can ruin rings quickly.

690 Discussion / Re: cam lobes, odd wear marks
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:17:18 pm »
The rockers don't look bad to me.  If the bearing has any up or down movement change the rocker. The cam lobe is certainly scratched.  The surfaces are very hard to scratch under normal conditions. What would cause that I can only guess.  Did you run without oil?  Did the engine need any shim adjustment?  What was the before and after clearance measurements?

690 Discussion / Re: Front Brake Help Needed Please
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:02:08 pm »
Your post is a bit old maybe you already cured the problem.  This does appear to be a strange symptom.  Ordinarily these OEM components work fine for years and years.  If I remember correctly the 2014 has ABS.  I have a 2013 so my response may not apply.  Were this mine I would check to make sure the lever pivot is smooth.  I would also make sure the brake lever is the OEM if you are the second owner.  If you changed it put OEM back on. Next re-bleed to clean out the system- line, master, and caliper of all fluid using lots of synthetic brake fluid.  Leave the level in the master in the center of the sight glass. 

Sweet Mods and Accessories / Re: Foot Pegs
« on: April 01, 2017, 10:10:38 am »
I installed the CJ Designs footpeg extenders.  It takes a bit of time to get it done.  My procedure may be different than yours.  Removing the stock pegs is simple.  When I tried to mark the exact spot to drill I found that the marks were not visible.  So I spray painted a bit in the areas for the front/rear holes.  When dry I marked them without issue laying them flat down so the cleats of peg were level with cleats of extenders.  Drilling was a multi step process.  A pilot then final hole for the holes.  A bit of back and forth to make sure all was lined up carefully.  For the reinstall on the bike you will find that the spring is stout enough to balance a garage door.  I required a long nose vice grip pliers to squeeze the ends of the spring to partially insert into position then with a screw driver from the bottom into the spring and the pin positioned at the top the spring could be let go.  It still takes a bit of messing with but it was the only way I could do it.  I will try the pegs today.

What Broke? / Re: OEM seat **** !!
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:36:21 am »
The OEM seat is a piece of junk.  On mine the holes for the pads were broken.  OEM pan is made out of a brittle material it's not even suitable for stapling on a new cover/pad.  The Seat Concepts pan is far better and the seat comfort is better too.

What Broke? / Re: TAT in August - What's gonna break?
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:29:23 am »
Probably nothing will break.  Apply thread locker "medium strength" to every fastener you can get to and use a torque wrench when reinstalling.  If you feel like it lube the suspension linkage where you can.  Should be a great trip.  On the IBCDR last year 690s were the bike of choice as far as I could tell.  Lots of them.

What Broke? / Re: oil leak on new bike left side
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:22:47 am »
My guess on the source of the oil is a pinched o-ring or poor seal for the sensor to shift drum interface.  As for noise there are a couple of areas that I have found make them sound like farm equipment.  My 690 has 16,000 miles on it.  First is the rocker arms. They were making lots of noise I first thought were wide valve clearances.  Although that really didn't make sense to me.  I checked and found the problem. I've replace both intake and exhaust because the intake rocker bearing was so worn out. I could not even believe it was still running as strong as it did.  The second sourc is the crankshaft main bearing.  I'm replacing mine now.  The play wasn't sever but a definite rattle when I took the cylinder off and gave the small end of the rod a wiggle side to side and twisting side to side.  The clearance between the big end and the crank was in spec but very loose feeling.  Once chucked up in the lathe I could really make it noisy by grabbing the small end to turn the crank.  Anyway I bought a new crank and it sure is tighter and smoother.  The engine isn't back together yet.  I've heard that if a KTM engine isn't noisy then it must be broken though.  I'm hoping the engine rebuild was not a waste of time and money.  There is also another area of potential noise some 690's have exhibited and that is the balance shaft bearing surface.  I didn't have that issue.

Hello friends, the Steward's Of The Sierra National Forest are having their annual fundraising BBQ and optional Dual Sport Ride July 18 and 19 of 2015. The event is held at the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst, California. Their optional Dual Sport ride has always been a winner. Hard and easy splits, so there is something for everyone. The Steward's work hard all year to make the forest accessible to the OHV community. There is no other group looking out for your interests in the Sierra National Forest. Your contribution is sorely needed of cover the associated costs. Follow this link to read more and sign up.

Lighting & Electrical / Re: Squadron XL Light
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:35:44 am »
Also interested!
Email sent to BD.  I'll report back with their reply as to fit on 2012+ machines.
The good news is BD is working on it.

From BD:  We unfortunately do not offer a a Squadron that will fit on your bike. We are trying to produce a Squadorn that will work on that model. The main issue is clearing the Speedometer unit, thanks – Christian

Over on ADVRider when I asked the same question about lighting options a fellow, not too far from me actually, mounted a Squadron XL using a 2012 500EXC mask and creative bracket making.

Lighting & Electrical / How do you light up the night?
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:01:34 pm »
I want more light for night riding in the woods.  The cockpit is already crowded for handlebar mounting.  What did you use for lights?  How did you mount them?  How did you electrify them?

Tires / Tusk and Motion Pro valve stem pullers
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:10:46 pm »
Rusty this might belong in a tool category that I didn't locate.
A valve stem puller is designed to be a dual purpose tool or so I thought.  My departed Motion Pro tool worked fine for me for a short while.  It removes the core and pulls the valve stem through the rim.  The Tusk Valve Stem Puller is a single purpose tool.  The end that is used to remove the core, at least on the one that I bought, is not wide or deep enough to remove the core. Once the core is removed it will screw into the valve stem however.  Make sure you include a proper core removing tool in your kit just incase you need to mess with a tube.  I now have one in the form of a valve cap.
Bye the way the Motion Pro tool had a longer cable than the Tusk which is a good thing.  The downside was it was designed as a two piece head and always unscrewed itself due to vibration causing that small piece to get lost in the tool bag.  Also the cable on the Motion Pro frayed, painfully drew blood, and was thrown away.  Why is it so difficult to manufacture a simple tool perform the intended task and last for more than a few months?

Sweet Mods and Accessories / Re: Sidestand Fix/Mod
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:32:10 am »
I took about 2 inches off of mine.  One inch might just do it for those lucky enough to have  32+ inseams.  Mine is about 2 inches since I lowered the bike 1 inch.  A tab to hook the boot on would be great though as I find the stand a bit close to the chassis when deployed and hard to get purchase with my boots.

Sweet Mods and Accessories / Re: Cool turn signals
« on: May 26, 2014, 12:59:42 pm »
patented click-release system gets you going in seconds

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