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Old 12-13-2013, 08:40 PM   #4711
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I agree the Safari tank is not pretty, and at the time of purchase there was only a couple of choices,in my case when fuel range is more important than looks, the safari tank fits the bill. But i Now wish the 700R kit being produced was available back in '09, big fuel, low gravity, good looks.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #4712
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I was at Sutto's Bike shop in Penrith yesterday and they have 3 690's.
1 was a brand new 2013, 1 2nd hand with Safari tank and renazco seat and another 2nd hand with rally raid tanks and fairing.
To see the pair of second hand ones side by side was a great comparison of tanks.
I have to agree with Hoots somewhat, the Safari looked bloody huge while the RR ones (evo1) looked so much sleeker.
But then the price difference is pretty large too...

I had my suspension worked on by Terry Hay which was the reason for being up there. Did a small test ride on his single track and the bike feels great. About to go for a longer ride after lunch on some erosion mound fire trails.

This is the work done as per the invoice:
Fork service / oil seal /lower
FSRP ? 435154
Fork gold valve
fork bush

Shock service/ oil seal/ revalve/ lower
Shock spring 0800.225.0450
Shock spring adapter 1 thick 1 thin

Its a bit greek to me but it feels much better so far
The secondhand 690 is actually I think a 2011 demo that they're having trouble shifting, with the older Rally Raid Evo-1 tanks and fairing - in some ways it looks better than the new EVO-2 version, as the side plastics are retained - and that arrangement would also get around the peeling sticker issue ...

I looked at that one when I bought mine, which was a 2012 demo with racks and pipe and some other farkling ...

I decided it was too expensive, and at the time I liked the 2012 model's increased displacement and longer service interval ...

The arrangement I have now seems to work really well - i.e. just Evo-2 tanks and the hardparts windscreen - 400-450km range, with a bladder I can carry if I ever need any more than that - I wouldn't fit a full fairing - too much expensive stuff hanging off the front of the bike - I guess if only using it for open gravel touring or rallies then that would be a different matter ...

I'd like to see the new 700RR in the flesh - not very pretty in pics, but probably not realistic - it's good to have a home-grown alternative, but IMO the UK Rally Raid product is beautifully designed and engineered - and very well tested, through their own rally bikes and bikes they put together for others - their service is also excellent ...

Anyway, there will be lots of 700RRs around to look at in he near future I suspect ...
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:22 PM   #4713
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Well the bike felt great although i did manage to bottom out the forks a couple of times. More rider error than anything I think, those erosion mounts where you don't clear the whole cut and land on the face..

It was awesome on rocky rough stuff where before it was terribly harsh, just soaked up the hits. Its a pleasure to jump now when I get the landing right

Well worth the visit to Terry.

If I were to need a bigger tank I wouldn't rule out the safari, The evo 1 set up did look very nice though. 180km range is enough for me at the moment
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:25 AM   #4714
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These things are dog-ugly IMO ...
Lucky we all have an opinion, i think my bike looks better that one fitted with the rally raid option.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:21 AM   #4715
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Lucky we all have an opinion, i think my bike looks better that one fitted with the rally raid option.
Have to agree with Hoots, I think the Safari tank is hands down the worst looking tank around. I'm stunned they produce something so goddamn ugly.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #4716
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Have to agree with Hoots, I think the Safari tank is hands down the worst looking tank around. I'm stunned they produce something so goddamn ugly.

well its more of a function over form thing. They made it look as good as they could given the design limitations. Most of the safari tanks are ugly but they hold a lot of fuel and they hold up to abuse. I prefer the RR design too. I had a Safari tank for a while and then switched to the RR gen 1's when they came out. Looking to switch tot he Gen 2's now
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:35 AM   #4717
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I prefer to ride my bike not just look at it. The joy I get from riding her far out ways the look, so function is more important than form. Safari tanks do the job and can handle abuse.

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Old 12-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #4718
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I prefer to ride my bike not just look at it. The joy I get from riding her far out ways the look, so function is more important than form. Safari tanks do the job and can handle abuse.
It was a bit rude to say that about the Safari tank - sorry about that - I've had them on other bikes, and really like the brand - just thought that they didn't do a good job of the aesthetics on this one - have no doubt that it is robust ...

Function is always the key ...

But you've got to admit that these bikes are very nice to look at ...
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #4719
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I will be going this option for my 690R :

http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/...nk-Kit-Natural
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:30 PM   #4720
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I will be going this option for my 690R :

http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/...nk-Kit-Natural
I have a set I might be willing to part with
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #4721
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I will be going this option for my 690R :

http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/...nk-Kit-Natural
I also have a set I want to sell .
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Rally Raid EVO 1 tanks to suit a KTM 690 . Good condition with all fittings etc . Adds another 10 litres to the 690`s fuel capacity . http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/.../evo1-Tank-Kit
Located in Melbourne , pick up no probs or post . $650 plus post . Please pm for more details or pics .
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:11 AM   #4722
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I prefer the RR evo 1 because side the bike look unchanged and when you drop it on its side the tanks are protected
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:29 AM   #4723
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #4724
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Cool Creedy, bit bumpy on transport sections I imagine?
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:28 PM   #4725
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I have a safari tank, yep, very ugly but doesnt really phase me as I just use it for putting fuel in... works a treat for that !
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