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Old 03-30-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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MY 2013 KTM 690R Review

I picked up the only KTM 690 the dealership up in Wichita was getting this year and it was $10,300 out the door. They waived all the setup, destination fees, etc that most places tack on which was nice.

So the first thing I did after unloading off the truck was to take her down the dry creek I have on my property to compare it to my 990 and all I can say is WOW!


Even with the suspension not being setup she was dream...........well except for those long ass mirrors, geez what was KTM thinking?


So when I parked it I placed my order for the handguards/mirror combo like I have on my 990 from http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_...KTM_Handguards

While I was online I went ahead and ordered the tail tidy with integrated turn signals from Paul http://www.ebay.com/itm/190714880288...3&vxp=mtrwhich will help with the ugly backside of the bike.



With that out of the way the first couple of mods I do with my bikes which also happen to be free is to remove the passenger pegs and in the case of the 690, KTM is nice enough to supply a couple of guards to install that'll keep your boots out of the chain and off the swingarm.



The second Mod, is a little mud and grass supplied free of charge by nature.Ah, that's better!




Final thoughts: The dealership had a 500 they offered to let me ride around the parking lot but after sitting on both the 690 and 500 along with pushing them around I wasn't able to tell any difference in weight so I passed. The other thing I'm not sure about is the seat. Everything I'd read about the 690 reported that the seat was very uncomfortable. I don't know if they've upgraded it for 2013 or I just don't have any living butt nerves left because it felt no worse then the seat on my 990?


Don't get me wrong she's far from perfect so this week I'll see if I can't loose the SAS and find a quiet aftermarket can.

I also need to order the BDCW footpegs http://blackdogcw.com/black-dog-shop...etail.htmllike I have on my 990.

Flexx 12 Enduro bars, heated grips, wire in a controller for my warm and safe heated gear, Aux lights, Rally Raid Skid plate, fuel tanks, bodywork, fairing...............okay this all may take longer then a week.

Oh crap! I need to get the forks installed on the 990, Chow!
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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Nice! That's one bike I'd love to own. For now, my WRR will have to do. Good luck on that beast!
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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Sweet machine !! Nothing runs like a Ktm, except maybe a Husaberg.
I have my buddys 500 in my garage because I am changing springs for him and I am impressed with the 500 also.
That 690 sure would be awsome though.
Keep this thread alive with future pictures and progress and updates on how the bike does.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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Oh crap! I need to get the forks installed on the 990, Chow!
Must be time for dinner...
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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LOL, I didn't want folks to have look up ciao.

Salut!
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:24 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new arrival!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:03 AM   #8
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Went to install the extra set of FP racing levers I had for my 990 and KTM has changed the clutch master on the 2013 690 so they won't work. Just thought you all should know.

So what this means is we'll have to wait until manufacturers make us 2013 KTM 690 specific clutch levers. (Or change to a 2012 Master)

I'll shoot a pic when I install my HDB handguards.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:20 AM   #9
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So the first thing I did after unloading off the truck was to take her down the dry creek I have on my property to compare it to my 990 and all I can say is WOW!

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Flexx 12 Enduro bars, heated grips, wire in a controller for my warm and safe heated gear, Aux lights, Rally Raid Skid plate, fuel tanks, bodywork, fairing.
Keep her light and simple: with all those lights, fairing, tanks, and so on it will look and feel like a 990 without one cilynder...

Have fun!
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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690 vs 990

hello all
new here...
dunno if i can ask this on this post but here goes...
since u have ridden both 690 and 990 can u pls compare their handling on road? i dont care about touring, comfort or anything else other than pure fun on a twisty road. not even outright cornering speed but rather the ease of sliding, backing in and general illegal activities. the only part where i know the 990 will be better is high speed stuff mainly above 80 mph.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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hello all
new here...
dunno if i can ask this on this post but here goes...
since u have ridden both 690 and 990 can u pls compare their handling on road? i dont care about touring, comfort or anything else other than pure fun on a twisty road. not even outright cornering speed but rather the ease of sliding, backing in and general illegal activities. the only part where i know the 990 will be better is high speed stuff mainly above 80 mph.
For sheer fun the 690 is it. Turns sharper, lighter and I feel that when it comes to power to weight the 690 might be a little more efficient in stock form (wheelies are easy).

That's why I bought the 690 and I'm not disappointed. Anything under 200 miles and I'll be riding the 690 with the 990 being used for long range exploring.


Stage 1 is complete for my 2013 690. Most of the things done are also done to my 990 so the transition, comfort and feel will be sort of the same between the two.





Black Dog Cycle Works pegs. (Ya need to do some modifying for them to work but well worth it.)



Like I said, well worth it!



Cj Design filler.



Scotts antivibration damper setup, Flexx 12 enduro high bar, Highway Dirt Bikes hand guard and Enduristan SANDSTORM 2 SPORT which when extended will haul the longneck version of your favorite adult beverage.


Adventure Spec skid plate, Lost dog center stand and HammerHead shifter.


Took her for a 100 mile shakedown Sunday and I'm very happy with the changes.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #12
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grats this bike just looks angry ready to rip... like a 500 on steroids
im seriously thinking of making that swich but the 990 has my heart prisoner.
i think i cant ride anything that doesnt sound like the 990 with pipes.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:40 AM   #13
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Your bike and the 690 in general is a bad ass bike. The after market support this bike has should be enough to tell a person
this is a good bike and will be around for some time. They wouldn't spend that kind money/time in research and development
if it wasn't a great bike. The range of this bike with the extra tanks is unreal.
A person could turn this into a $20/30 thousand dollar bike in no time at all. $2420.99 just for the tanks I would want.
Of course you would need?want a premium set of supermoto wheel for some street time.
The money would add up fast. I don't like to admit it but I've got $10 grand into a
stupid '07 KLR. The only way I'll get my moneys worth out of the KLR is ride it till it's worn out.
I'm trying to figure out how many of the bikes I currently own that I would have to sell to get a 690. When you get down to
it I can only ride one bike at a time, right?

Hmmmmm, or,............. anyone needing a good, slightly used wife, only ridden every other day and twice on Sundays??
I'll even throw in a Grand Kid to sweeten the deal.


Factory tank 12 liter

http://safaritanksusa.com/product_in...products_id=19 14.2 liter $769.99 Conventional tank location

http://www.ktmtwins.com/rally-raid-k...liter-tank-kit 9.5 liter $1275.00 " '' or this one

http://www.ktmtwins.com/mecasystem-k...rear-fuel-tank 7 liter $1150.00 This one

http://www.ktmtwins.com/rally-raid-k...auxiliary-tank 5 liter $645.62 Or this one

http://www.ktmtwins.com/rally-raid-k...ine-guard-tank 2 liter $501.00

Total fuel supply with the extra tanks (using the largest capacity.) 35.2 liter or 9.29 gallons
Roughly $40 bucks a fill up.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:27 PM   #14
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Really nice bike, tell me about it on the Freeway and such, what is the top speed, (with stock gearing), at what RPM does it do 70mph?

I know its great at off roading, i just want to see how it compares to a DRZ on the road and the freeway and such.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:59 PM   #15
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After owning a DRZ I ride around on my 690 sometimes not even realising I'm not in top gear yet. The 690 is not that wide a gear (wider then DRZ though) ratio even though its a 6 speed but it uses it well. At 70mph would be not much over 5000rpm. The 690 vibrates at various points more than the DRZ, but I much prefer a highway ride on the 690 than DRZ. The ACT gearbox would be a great investment for the DRZ

This is a great thread to understand different bikes gear ratios compared to each other, it even has a post adding the DRZ in with an ACT Box to see hiw it compares. But one thing I will say is you have to ride to get the full picture not just read specs. For example if you look on the list the 690 and WR450f sit next to each other in ratio width, but when you ride them side by side ( I own both) there is no way you would think the WR has as wide a ratio as the 690.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281742

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Really nice bike, tell me about it on the Freeway and such, what is the top speed, (with stock gearing), at what RPM does it do 70mph?

I know its great at off roading, i just want to see how it compares to a DRZ on the road and the freeway and such.
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