Originally Posted by BartG
Instead of ALWAYS talking about what is not made by KTM, buy 1 that is!!
You want a lighter ADV bike, KTM has just what you need. Slap some soft luggage on the back (sure, its not huge weight it can carry but enough for camping).
I`m pretty sure some of you will now explain why this is not good enough?
Our family has 8 KTM bikes in the garage so we buy enough of those that they already make, don't worry.
We've also adressed the shortcomings of the 690 engine in the other thread but let me recap it for you:
- Close ratio 6-speed was made for supermoto use where it works well (or for a race bike), sucks balls for an adventure bike.
- This makes it vibey and tiring to ride at highway speeds (even with a fairing) if you gear it low enough for off road.
- Spotty reliability track record, I don't know any (except Sherri Jo who babies the bike) that went over 50k without failures (countershaft balancer bearings, rockers, transmission gears, piston rings etc).
Other than that a chassis in that size and with that kind of rally/adventure setup (or original 690 Rally parts) would be ideal for me. The luggage capacity is fine once you upgrade the tank mounting hardware, with the right racks you can even fit hard luggage (which I'm not interested in).