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Old 07-04-2012, 06:13 AM   #3361
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Test rode a 2012 690 (and a 990 ) today, was it just the fact they had the preload wound up on the 690 because I felt like I was sitting over the top of front wheel? Its really low in the front and you could be pitched over the bars quite easily in steep terrain were my thoughts. Markedly different ergos to the new 450/500s that feel a lot more dirt oriented with a lot more travel up front (and rear). I thought I'd love the 690, but now I'm confused. The power is great, but it does vibrate more than I thought it would too. Can you get a lowering link for the rear to drop the arse end down a bit and kick the forks out? Its also taller than the new 500 when I'm sitting on them. Bit more of a reach to the floor, and that's the 2012 with the 250mm suspension, not the 275 of the 2011 which would be an inch taller.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:02 AM   #3362
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Test rode a 2012 690 (and a 990 ) today, was it just the fact they had the preload wound up on the 690 because I felt like I was sitting over the top of front wheel? Its really low in the front and you could be pitched over the bars quite easily in steep terrain were my thoughts. Markedly different ergos to the new 450/500s that feel a lot more dirt oriented with a lot more travel up front (and rear). I thought I'd love the 690, but now I'm confused. The power is great, but it does vibrate more than I thought it would too. Can you get a lowering link for the rear to drop the arse end down a bit and kick the forks out? Its also taller than the new 500 when I'm sitting on them. Bit more of a reach to the floor, and that's the 2012 with the 250mm suspension, not the 275 of the 2011 which would be an inch taller.
The ergonomics on the 690's are a lot different than the 450/530 etc. I run a tall bar riser on my 690 and almost don't need one on my husaberg. Before getting to carried away you will want to set the front and rear suspension sag and play with the compression and rebound settings. Ultimately these bikes...like most bikes...need a suspension workover to be any good.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #3363
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I have 25mm bar raises on my 2009 690R, it has 275mm suspension & even at 6 foot tall I'm not flat foot on the ground.

That aside I love the bike, great allround offroad package, amazing motor, mine has no vibrations & puts a big smile on my dial every time I ride it.

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Old 07-05-2012, 10:36 PM   #3364
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Wiring heated grips

Is it OK to wire heated grips to the accessory wire behind the headlight cowl? I already have a pair of LEDS and an accessory power outlet wired to that wire. Or is it OK to wire the grips to the low beam power wire?

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Old 07-06-2012, 02:52 AM   #3365
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Is it OK to wire heated grips to the accessory wire behind the headlight cowl? I already have a pair of LEDS and an accessory power outlet wired to that wire. Or is it OK to wire the grips to the low beam power wire?

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When I had my 690 I wired the grips direct to the battery you just have to remember to turn them off, but I thought it was the best way to do it as they draw a fair bit of power.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:10 AM   #3366
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Attach to the AUX.
Yes.This is the way i've successfully carried them without risk of batt/flat.

If the ignition's off, so is the grip heating.

30 watt current draw over a surprisingly short period if i recall is enough to root your day if you pull in for a coffee and forget to turn them off.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:09 AM   #3367
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Thanks guys. Very helpful. Wired it to the switched acc wires
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:33 AM   #3368
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someone was trying to find the balancing point on his 690 last weekend...

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Old 07-09-2012, 04:44 PM   #3369
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nice vid B1 keep them coming,at the rate your going you will need 4 back tyres to 1 front

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:18 PM   #3370
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #3371
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #3372
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Hey Kato
Why arnt i in those photo's the invite still in the mail
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:25 PM   #3373
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Kato - looks like nice riding country

Where abouts is it?
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:36 PM   #3374
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Hey Kato
Why arnt i in those photo's the invite still in the mail
same here
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:25 AM   #3375
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Ive had enough of the stupid lantana catching side panel v section at the front of the bike -how stupid nearly ripped them of on numurous ocasions on the weekend-so i have drilled a hole in the top and bottom and zip tied the two together so the lantana will hit the zip tie and deflect off {hopefully}

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