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Old 12-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Question KTM 690 ENDURO R ( 2014 vs earlier ) ?

Hey guys, I have an opportunity to purchase a 2015 enduro 690 r or a 2009 690 enduro r for 5k less... My question is for the people who have a 2014 and have ridden the earlier model. Is the 2014 a much better edition of the bike? Is it worth it to go for the new one or save and buy the older one? Any opinions would be appreciated.

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Old 12-07-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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I own a 2009 Enduro R but had a spin on the 2014 model which I believe is being carried through into 2015.

IMHO I'd take the earlier model and use the 5K for upgrades.

The newer full 690 motor is definitely a little smoother but I'm not sure you'd notice the extra power and the new model ECU isn't compatible with TuneECU so you can't adjust the feeling or throttle as easily.

The 2014 suspension is less suited to heavy off-road riding due to less travel and a smaller cartridge diameter. That being said, the older fork could do with some tuning as well so either model needs a little money spent on massaging if you want it to be perfect?

Apart from that there aren't any real updates of note.

Is the 2014/15 model better? Overall, probably!

Is it worth 5k over the older model? That's something you'll have to decide...
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have a 2014, my first KTM and I swapped the stock muffler for a relatively inexpensive FMF Q4 and I haven't noticed any problem with throttle I personally don't see a big issue with the new ECU incompatibility.

It is much smoother than my rejetted DR 650. With more Hp out othe box, I don't see the need for high flow filter and remapping to gain more response and at least my bike seems pretty spot on.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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How many miles on the 09?
What does it need? Or will soon need?
Tires,chain,sprockets,brake pads,fork seals, etc etc can really add up quick.
ABS is nice for the street and easily turned off for dirt.
Warranty is with a few bucks too.
I love my 14, fuels perfectly (with Wings) and is the best bike I have ever owned.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:48 PM   #5
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You get ABS on the 14/15 models, if that's relevant to you. Also the ride-by-wire throttle.

Some people ride the bikes as is and that's great. There are a ton of aftermarket options for just about anything for the 690 so having that $5K would be great if you wanted to make a rally bike or a RTW bike or whatever.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:37 AM   #6
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I bought a 2010 R this summer. I didn't save $5K, but I did save $3.5K over new and the bike was nearly perfect.

I took the money saved and got the bike setup the way I wanted. The aftermarket is especially strong, but I feel it's also especially $$$. I've got nearly the price of a new bike in mine now, but it's set up with just about everything I need to make it the perfect do-it-all dual sport.

I'd do it all over again, too. Very pleased with this bike.
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:18 AM   #7
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I had a 2009 for about 15000 km. I sold it in 2011 for a 990, but now I'm selling the 990 for a 2014 690.
The very big difference (for me) is the smooth of the 2014 model.

After I installed the Leo Vince on the 2009, the bike became very brutal with the throttle, even after I remapped. I rode a 2014 with a wings and it is very very smooth.

If you can ride both of them would be best for you to help you choose

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Old 12-16-2014, 05:49 AM   #8
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