Originally Posted by WARRIORPRINCEJJ
With any luck, "LukasM" will see this thread. He is a very knowledgeable guy (with all bikes), and has a relative who actually owns one of these (which has given him some quality "hands-on" time with this machine/690RR).
As I'm sure you already know, that frame is pretty standard on most "true" rally bikes. I don't think that the frame has as much to do with crashing as it does with getting the weight off the bars (thereby preventing some crashes
Good Luck. I hope that you get one, and post pics. when you do.
May take a couple of years yet - or at least after 2012 - when all dakar bikes are 450cc - thus opening up for more 690RR in private hands etc., but thanks for the heads up. At some point in life one wants the ultimate functional tool for a specific riding style - and the rally-bike concept has always appealed to my functional-minded mindset.
And of course having been through a 3-day riding course with Pal Anders Ullevalseter back in 2006 has planted some seeds here and there,