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Old 07-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #1
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KTM 690 Fuel Range

So, I'm looking at buying a 690. I'm currently on a 2004 950 ADV and want to size down a bit. However, the range on the 690 is some concern. I see the Rally Raid tanks but WOW they are really proud of them. What are some of the alternatives to increase the range of the 690? I don't need to get across Siberia I'd just like to get an solid 150 ~ 175 mile range.

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Old 07-17-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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Tons of info here on the 690 Thread index
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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So, I'm looking at buying a 690. I'm currently on a 2004 950 ADV and want to size down a bit. However, the range on the 690 is some concern. I see the Rally Raid tanks but WOW they are really proud of them. What are some of the alternatives to increase the range of the 690? I don't need to get across Siberia I'd just like to get an solid 150 ~ 175 mile range.

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150 is possible, but thats pretty close to its limits with a stock tank. I squeaked out 160 with strict throttle control a few times, but have never run out yet

IMHO the fuel light comes on wayyyyyy to early, usually have 40-60 miles of fuel left.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:46 PM   #4
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I have a 2014 690E. To date I have not gotten below 65 mpg. I've got 1700 miles on it. Only let the gas light come on once, and it happened at 180 miles. As they say, YMMV.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:27 PM   #5
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I have a 2014 690E. To date I have not gotten below 65 mpg. I've got 1700 miles on it. Only let the gas light come on once, and it happened at 180 miles. As they say, YMMV.
Got to love the mileage you get riding up in altitude. Me, I've run out at 90 miles before. Course I was flogging the dog snot out of it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:41 PM   #6
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Got to love the mileage you get riding up in altitude. Me, I've run out at 90 miles before. Course I was flogging the dog snot out of it.
I just went 150 mostly not aggressive riding. I had 1/2 gallon of fuel left in tank. Much better then expected
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:41 PM   #7
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So, I'm looking at buying a 690. I'm currently on a 2004 950 ADV and want to size down a bit. However, the range on the 690 is some concern. I see the Rally Raid tanks but WOW they are really proud of them. What are some of the alternatives to increase the range of the 690? I don't need to get across Siberia I'd just like to get an solid 150 ~ 175 mile range.

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You could probably get by with just an msr bottle or two if that's all the range you need.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:57 PM   #8
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Altitude does wonderful things to the miles we get out of a tank before the fuel light comes on, but here in Louisiana at 13 feet above sea level the light comes on anywhere from 120 to 130 miles.

My '12 got 62 mpg's on this past Saturdays ride. These bikes get stupid good mileage.

Strap on a few 1.5 liter fuel bottles or a 1 or 1.75 gallon Rotopax on a tail rack and save yourself that $700 set of front tanks and call it done.

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Old 07-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #9
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Strap on a few 1.5 liter fuel bottles or a 1 or 1.75 gallon Rotopax on a tail rack and save yourself that $700 set of front tanks and call it done. Dirty
Yep, I throw a 1 gal. oil jug full of gas in my backpack when I need more than 150 mile range. That will put me in the 200 mile range. No where in my area that you need more than 200 mile range.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:33 PM   #10
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..Strap on a few 1.5 liter fuel bottles or a 1 or 1.75 gallon Rotopax on a tail rack and save yourself that $700 set of front tanks and call it done.

Dirty
yup this is a good option if you only require 150-175m.

The safari tank will get you about 280m but its big and fugly looking. They are pretty robust though and provide good protection for the radiators.

Rally Raid also do a 4.5l rear tank but its also expensive.Rally Raid
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:34 AM   #11
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Yep, I get about 200km (125 miles) out of the tank before the reserve light goes on. I have never went to the end of the reserve, but It seems that there is about 50km (31 miles) in it.

Never run your bike until it is full empty, this is a quick way to mess up and break the fuel pump. The pump needs to stay wet.

I also heard that if you are gentle on the throttle and you run on mapping 1, you can extend the range. (but I have yet to test that).

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Old 07-18-2014, 07:45 AM   #12
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I bought a 1 gallon Rotopax and mount it on my rear luggage rack. This gives me a tested range of >210 miles with a mixture of hard and easy riding.

I considered soft aux gas storage like a bladder, but I was leery of damaging it. I do a lot of multi-day trips in some very rugged terrain.

I think my mileage decreased a little when I swapped out the exhaust and remapped my 2013 model.

Here is a picture of my trip setup. (Elbow Canyon outside Mesquite NV on our way to Toroweap)


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Old 07-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #13
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This Rotopax setup might be a realistic(if inelegant) solution.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #14
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FWIW.....my first tank of gas. Filled bike up with 7 miles on the odometer. Rode a mix of highway and dirt, kept it below 6k rpm but got up to 75-80 mph on the highway for about 10 miles. Most of riding including dirt (flat lands at sea level) was 50-60 mph.

Low fuel light came on at 128 miles and I rode to 140.2 miles and gassed up. Took 2.67 gallons, so first tank on new engine averaged 52.5 mile/gallon and had about 0.5 gallons left of which I have no idea what is actually useable vs. how low can one safely drain the tank without risking damage to the fuel pump.

Hoping as I get some miles on it the avg mpg will creep up to 55.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:59 AM   #15
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Stock----on a ride out in Utah---------one time mine ran out at 153 miles---in the middle of nowhere.
Another time the Odometer was showing 170 miles and it was still running when I pulled into the gas station.
I wasn't carrying any gas in the pic below----------than goodness my buddy Dr. Rock had a few bottles of gas--which got me to a gas station.



I have always refused to carry extra gas in portable containers.
I always just put on a bigger gas tank-----or tanks.
For several reasons----the biggest reason is---- it takes up valuable packing space that is crucial when traveling on a small bike with camping and cooking gear.

So---haven't had a chance to see how far the EVO2's will go---but I put 5.6 gallons in them (all 3 tanks) after the install.
Big tanks will usually "help" protect your radiator as an added benefit---this has been true for the 690---my KLR---my HuskyTE610-----my WR250R-----my Husky Terra 650---and my KTM 450EXC.

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