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Old 06-30-2014, 06:01 AM   #1
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640 adventure - please talk me out of it...

I need this like I need a hole in the head but...there's a local low cost 2002 640 adventure for sale and I reminisce of the days of my 2005 640adv...don't know why really - it leaked oil, it vibrated its way down my driveway when idling on its centre stand, it was a bit on the slow side and it popped incessantly on decel. It was a bit heavy for any proper trail work and everyone used to ask me why it was so noisy and if it was a diesel powered motorcycle but I feel that I want this bike if not for anything then at least to restore it to its glory...is it my foggy memory or was my former 640adv that good of a bike for me to say it was nearly a classic whose design and engineering is yet to be repeated? Even after owning a 690 Enduro which was light years faster and more nimble on and off the road and having a 950 adv and now a 990R, I still want a 640adv. Maybe it's that massive fuel tank, the simplicity of the engine or that "angry bird" look of the front end as my kids used to say - I can't put my finger on it but I'm craving it. Not looking to replace any of my current bikes with it so yes, it's another bike to insure (which is not a trivial thing in Ontario) and another bike to wrench and find room to park in my decrepitude I call my garage...

Someone please talk me out of this and tell me that my memory of loving my former 640adv should be something that remains in my memory instead of trying to repeat it now with this one...please!
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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my 05 640 was stolen last year,
l hear your pain, its a amazing bike that can be flogged day in day out.

get it :))))
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:03 AM   #3
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Hmm, well, the only thing I have for you is if you dislike wrenching, buy another bike!

Otherwise it's still the best dual sport thumper out there. Great suspension, brakes, handling. More power and less weight than a BMW Dakar...

Honestly since KTM has never made a 690 Adv, I'm not sure there's anything out there that replaces the 640 Adv...
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #4
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I've got one, and I'll never sell it!


.....'nuf said!
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:03 AM   #5
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I had one for a few years and got really tired of the wrenching, and also the top heavy/heavy handling. If I was to get another, it would likely be the LC4 model, which weighs a lot less.

It is nice not ever having to worry about running out of gas, though...
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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Wait and get a 690
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:18 AM   #7
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Wait and get a 690
Been there, done that. I've got my 990R adv so I'm not looking for any real performance and I wouldn't replace my 990R with a 690. The 640adv intrigues me - I like the look, the oil in the frame and all that other crap...it's an impulse I can't seem to shake. I loved and hated mine at the same time when I had it. I wished it was smoother and had more power but now I've got my 990R for that not to mention my sport bike.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:04 PM   #8
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You have put the discrepancy of the feelings of an KTM owner into right words. Go get it. :)
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:16 PM   #9
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there is something magical about them. if one comes up for the right price around here again i'll probably jump on it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:42 PM   #10
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I would stay away from the pre-high flow models unless I was prepared to do the work to get the engine in a safe zone.

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Old 06-30-2014, 08:21 PM   #11
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Beyond the roller bearing upgrade, which is one afternoon in the grand scheme of things, i'd say go for it.

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Old 06-30-2014, 08:27 PM   #12
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Beyond the roller bearing upgrade, which is one afternoon in the grand scheme of things, i'd say go for it.
The bearing is likely to be the least of the problems.

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Old 06-30-2014, 08:51 PM   #13
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I would stay away from the pre-high flow models unless I was prepared to do the work to get the engine in a safe zone.

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i haven't seen anything about this in the index, would you care to expand on this?
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:01 PM   #14
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i haven't seen anything about this in the index, would you care to expand on this?
Detonation damage on pre-high flow head models has been covered here on Adv on multiple occasions.

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Old 06-30-2014, 11:55 PM   #15
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I'm in my 7th year and 70000th klm on my 02, and that is the first I have heard of that alleged problem.

Even the roller bearing upgrade is only done just as a precaution.

I say go for it.
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