Originally Posted by LukasM
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).
Talk Flanny into strapping a 990 in this 690 chassis...
Problem is supply and demand, KTM will need to boost sales with the new 1190`s to allow for a 800 series to become reality. Having 1 now would cannibalize the 990 sales, so I would think, give it another year or 2 and KTM will have your dream bike. Although i`m sure humans being humans, they wont be able to make everyone happy with it.