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Old 03-11-2012, 03:54 AM   #76
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jesus B2. i know you are a short bugger but i'd swear you photoshopped yourself in that pic to make yourself look even smaller.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:58 AM   #77
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Its a very tall bike as you can see by the weeds in the background I ride to much
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #78
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jesus B2. i know you are a short bugger but i'd swear you photoshopped yourself in that pic to make yourself look even smaller.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #79
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Ok guys. I am 46 YO and have sold my 300 EXC smoker as I cannot keep up to my brotherinlaw who is 10 years my junior and his ex motocross champ mates doing the snotty stuff Watagans Letter A etc anymore.

So after reading all your replies and threads on Advrider, I have just paid for a 2012 690. Ships from SA and will be here in the new year. No dealer had one so I have purchased without even riding one! Am I nuts?

Conceding defeat after riding hard core dirt bikes since the age of 14 was very hard to do for me! So I figured this was the perfect transition bike. I test rode a bmw gs 650 and 800. Frankly they felt like postie bikes to me. bmw gs 650 was so boring that I would rather mow the law than ride that thing!

I know every high performance single will vibrate somewhere in the rev range so no big deal here. I have done the ducati thing and am happy with 1 hour tar rides now.. So I am thinking this bike will be perfect for me. I need a bike that makes you smile. From what I have read the 690 will do this for me. Have read amazing varied summations on this bike and figure the ones that do not like it had something different in mind and the disappointment was not the bike rather rider expectation. Akro going straight on after reading horror stories.

Unless the vibrations are intolerable I cannot see why I will not love this bike!!!

All comments welcome!!!

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Old 12-26-2012, 09:39 PM   #80
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Well done, I'm sure you will love it.

My 625SXC vibrated a bit, but my 690R doesnt.

It's a great bike to hit single track & the more snotty trails when you feel like it but at the same time its great for longer distance riding as well.

If the terrain gets a bit gnarly off road, you will easily leave behind just about any BMW GS 650 or 800.

Make sure you replace the upper & lower rear subframe tank bolts as they eventually snap (Rally Raid in the UK make after market ones).

http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/KTM-690-Enduro-R-SMC/performance-upgrades?page=1


Dont forget to re-map your bike to suit the Akro.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #81
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Hi Chris, welcome to the fold. I made the switch about 12 months ago from Trail to Adventure and haven't looked back. I've had a couple of bikes including a KTM 625, KTM 640 and now a 690. The 690 is definitely the pick of the bunch (imo). Especially coming from an enduro background. There are good and bad points about any bike including the 690. There are definately a couple of small things that need fixing like the aforementioned tank bolts and the remap. But more importantly get out and ride the bloody thing and enjoy it. I snuck in a couple of hundred k's today and came home with a grin from ear to ear.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:03 AM   #82
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Hey Chris
Spend some money and time on her and she will look after you , she may like a pat goodnight before bed mine does, I might go and have a beer with her on the back verandah now actually
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #83
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Thx for replies guys! Forum is full of awesome tips! I read about tank bolts. Thought they would have fixed this by now?

Has anyone taken a pillion on a 690?

My 300 exc was horrid on the tar and dangerous even. I have heard the 690 is ok for 1 hour stints with the right tyres single up?

Now I just got to count down the days for delivery from SA when trucking coy comes back from hols!

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:31 AM   #84
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Thx for replies guys! Forum is full of awesome tips! I read about tank bolts. Thought they would have fixed this by now?

Has anyone taken a pillion on a 690?

My 300 exc was horrid on the tar and dangerous even. I have heard the 690 is ok for 1 hour stints with the right tyres single up?

Now I just got to count down the days for delivery from SA when trucking coy comes back from hols!

Cheers,

Chris

Kirbs will be a long any minute!!

He followed me home from thrashers 560 kms up the bitumen and although he rarely makes sense I think the vibes may have helped him as he got off and walked like a normal human.

I think they are ok on the bitumen just something you have to get used to and be prepared to walk like a bow legged cowpoke for a while.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:50 AM   #85
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Thx for replies guys! Forum is full of awesome tips! I read about tank bolts. Thought they would have fixed this by now?

Has anyone taken a pillion on a 690?

My 300 exc was horrid on the tar and dangerous even. I have heard the 690 is ok for 1 hour stints with the right tyres single up?

Now I just got to count down the days for delivery from SA when trucking coy comes back from hols!

Cheers,

Chris
I have done a couple rides with the missus as pillion on the 690 50/50 road/dirt she loved the whole adventure thing, furthest one was 300 odd k's for the day with a counter lunch stop.
I have no problem with vibrations or the seat I can ride all day no probs
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #86
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Kirbs will be a long any minute!!

He followed me home from thrashers 560 kms up the bitumen and although he rarely makes sense I think the vibes may have helped him as he got off and walked like a normal human.

I think they are ok on the bitumen just something you have to get used to and be prepared to walk like a bow legged cowpoke for a while.
errr thanks Lentil

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I haven't found the vibrations to be too bad at all and I still ride with the standard seat, but I do have a bit of built-in padding
I've had a few different people on the back, kids and adults, and I'd say that as long as the roads you go on aren't too rough, your pillion will be fine. Actually, the spring rate on my bike might be a bit high as it felt a lot smoother with a pillion on

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:27 AM   #87
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My 300 exc was horrid on the tar and dangerous even. I have heard the 690 is ok for 1 hour stints with the right tyres single up?


Cheers,

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Don't worry about the hour on the tar shit. I rode mine to Alice \Springs from nsw south coast. 800k's a day no worries, 7,000k round trip. I fkn love this bike, IMO it is the best do it all bike. You'l love it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #88
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Hi Chris, welcome to the fold. I made the switch about 12 months ago from Trail to Adventure and haven't looked back. I've had a couple of bikes including a KTM 625, KTM 640 and now a 690. The 690 is definitely the pick of the bunch (imo). Especially coming from an enduro background. There are good and bad points about any bike including the 690. There are definately a couple of small things that need fixing like the aforementioned tank bolts and the remap. But more importantly get out and ride the bloody thing and enjoy it. I snuck in a couple of hundred k's today and came home with a grin from ear to ear.
Wasn't your 690 at Wallerawang shops the other day, orange safari tank??
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:42 PM   #89
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So after reading all your replies and threads on Advrider, I have just paid for a 2012 690. Ships from SA and will be here in the new year. No dealer had one so I have purchased without even riding one! Am I nuts?

Unless the vibrations are intolerable I cannot see why I will not love this bike!!!

All comments welcome!!!

Chris
Yeah you might be a bit nuts but no more then the rest of us. I bought a used 690 and drove 1000km round trip to pick it up, no test ride and never rode one before and I love it. Coming from a trail riding background its the closest thing to a 450 you'll get but it can cruise all day on the tar if needed. And just like a true enduro your ass will be numb in no time so you might want an airhawk or something for multi day rides

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:56 PM   #90
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Coming from a trail riding background its the closest thing to a 450 you'll get but it can cruise all day on the tar if needed.
That was my concern... I do a lot of my riding at Sunny and Dark Corners and was still wanting something that will do the single track/fire trails found there as well as the ADV thing when required. Thanks for the input
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