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General Maintenance / Re: Dimple Magnetic Oil Drain Bolts
« Last post by Winminicoob on November 27, 2017, 03:51:00 am »
The content has been read. It is a very good thing. I like it very much. 
Sweet Mods and Accessories / Re: Manual Cam Chain tensioner?
« Last post by Winminicoob on November 27, 2017, 03:50:52 am »
It is very good. I read that feeling that I know what is new knowledge for me.
Suspension / Koubalink Vs Rally-Raid lowering link
« Last post by evya on November 14, 2017, 07:31:02 am »

I'm debating between the famous Koubalink, which offers 1 5/8" (4.1275 centimeters) of lowering, and the Rallyraid which offers more significant 5 cm of lowering.
Does anyone have experience with the latter?

Thank :-)

The mentioned RallyRaid link:
Introductions / Hello from North East England
« Last post by GeorgeB on October 30, 2017, 05:28:12 pm »
Hi fellow 690ers
    I have a 2016 Enduro R, used mostly for commuting and trail riding. Loving it so far, a proper go-anywhere, do-anything bike.

I'm hoping to pick up some tips and tweaks from the forum, find out what works best and what doesn't.

All I have done with the bike so far is replace the std Metz Sahara tyres with TKC80s. Big improvement off road.

Next thing I'd like to look at is replacing the silencer as I believe it weighs around half a ton. Any recommendations out there? Nothing too noisy though as I want to keep the country folk sweet.

Anyway, thanks for having me and happy and safe riding!

Lighting & Electrical / Bike not starting/turning over
« Last post by mtschindler on October 25, 2017, 04:08:42 pm »
I hope I'm  not the only one with this issue - it's an intermittent one.
The first occurrence - stopped at the gas station put the kickstand down, turned the engine off, refueled got back on the bike, push the start button - NOTHING not a sound. The display is on, the bike is in neutral, the kickstand is up etc. After I brought bike home and couldn't find any issues two days later bike starts like normal.
The second occurrence - out on the trail, used the start to restart the bike several times as I stalled it on the hill climb. Got to the top turned bike off, after a while when I was ready to go again same as above - not a sound when I push the start button. It doesn't matter if kickstand is up or down, in gear or out of gear etc. Display cycles as normal ABS light is on etc.
I pointed it downhill and was able after a few tries to restart it in the second gear by just bump starting it. Rode home shut the bike off and it restarts perfectly just by pushing the start button.
I'm lost as to whats going on.
For Sale / Wanted / Re: WANTED ... Wheel hubs or Wheel set (stock)
« Last post by Bilbo on October 13, 2017, 06:40:55 pm »
I have the same problem.  I got a 2009  with 17 inch front and rear. I'm looking to return to stock size 18 and 21. Does anyone have good lead on reasonably priced replacement wheels?  Thanks
For Sale / Wanted / KTM 690 Enduro R, 2013 parts bike
« Last post by mcrider on October 09, 2017, 08:36:23 am »
I just started an action for my flooded 690 on ebay.
690 Discussion / Re: Burning oil?
« Last post by coarsegoldkid 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
« Last post by coarsegoldkid 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
« Last post by coarsegoldkid 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. 
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