On Friday I picked up my new (to me) '08 KTM 690 Enduro... it was on consignment at Beemers & More in Fort Collins, CO. The deal was smooth as could be, they were great to work with!
I decided the best way to get to know the new bike was to go on a big weekend ride for Saturday and Sunday....Friday night I set up my new bike with my GPS, packed my bags, secured the tent. I planned out riding from Fruita, thru Paonia, over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte and over Cottonwood Pass to Buena Vista and a campground for the night.
Sunday I set out from Buena Vista, planning on riding to Leadville, over Hagerman Pass, into Carbondale and up McClure Pass, then ditching the pavement for CR 265 and riding towards Vega Res and Collbran.
Sunday; Leadville, Hagerman Pass, Carbondale, McClure Pass, etc-
Ended up with right around 500 miles, crossed the Continental Divide 2x and rode to over 12k feet elevation!
The KTM 690 Enduro is silly-fun... on the road it feels like a supermoto bike, very fast & predictable. Off-road, it's just like a big, powerful dirtbike... I'm in love! It has it's quirks, but overall it's a great dual sport! The KTM 'comfort seat' is a joke, it need bar risers for me to be comfortable, but the fuel injection was flawless to over 12,000 feet. I'm going to make some tweaks, but I'm already looking forward to the next ride.