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Old 05-01-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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BMW Xchallenge 690 Rally Adventure

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I wanted reliable bike (BMW) not heavy (as GSA) with long range tank for an Africa overland adventure trip.

So I build this


The tuning:
- excel rims
- TT tank (500km no problem)
- Blash plate is custom made (If you order 5+ pieces I can supply them)
- custom seat from (I can supply it)
- the rack for TT cases is custom made so that the cases are more in front and their weight is more centralized and you dont need to change the under seat frame (let me know if you want them:-)
- fairing from KTM 690 Rally
- bracket for the fairing is custom and removable from the steering neck
- and a lot small other details












The bike was tested on Africa overland trip from Czech Rep to Cape town via Middle East and East Africa. See the practical notes and pix from the trip here.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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Nice work Moving this to Thumpers and adding it to the Index thread.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:41 AM   #3
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Nice !! Nice !! Almost Perfect

Are You using standard suspension ?
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Hey Rade,

Good to see you here as well.

How you decided about the twin project yet?

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Old 05-01-2010, 03:11 PM   #5
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Damn that looks good. It's that I spent way to much time fiddling with my Dakar that keeps me from getting a Xc.
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #6
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Sweet. The bike is limited only by imagination and ingenuity. Did your friend at times wish he had a smaller bike than his 1150? Looks like fun was had by all regardless.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:16 AM   #7
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Front:
I've tried progressive springs, but I like the standard one more as they are more soft and better absorbing the shocks...

Rear:
I have Ohlins as well. It reacts faster and sharper, but to Africa I took the standard Air one and no problem Main reason was ability to adjust the seat height...
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:29 AM   #8
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Hey Rade,

Good to see you here as well.

How you decided about the twin project yet?

Cheers,
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Hey Lukas,
I did some small research and I think of combinig versys engine with Yamaha TT600S frame... But I dont rush. I like more and more the superenduro conversion, but than the weight is again 200kg...
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:03 AM   #9
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Ya but...



but nice chop job!
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:16 AM   #10
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Sweet build. It looks kind of funny but I really like it.

Where did you source the 690 fairings?

Also you said the fairing bracket is removable. Did you do something different than drilling into the frame? Pics?
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:16 AM   #11
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Sweet build. It looks kind of funny but I really like it.

Where did you source the 690 fairings?

Also you said the fairing bracket is removable. Did you do something different than drilling into the frame? Pics?
690 fairing is original and I think of producing few copies as there is demand...

Here you can see the fairing bracket:



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Old 05-06-2010, 09:47 AM   #12
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looks great!

I strongly considered getting an X-challange BMW before getting my ktm 950. The 690 ferring looks way better than the TT fairing for the big tank. Nice work my friend , nice work.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:28 AM   #13
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I thought that when KTM parts came into contact with BMW parts there would be some sort of violent reaction or perhaps some contact corrosion
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:25 AM   #14
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Here you can see the fairing bracket:


I get it, much smaller than the regular navigational tower used on a bike that needs all the equipment for rallye racing. Im assuming this leaves you with a lot more room to mount your own equipment or maybe the stock bmw speedo? (im not furmiliar with any of the stock bmw components)
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:40 AM   #15
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Did you say that you used an original 690RR fairing?

The thought of buying the 3 pieces for €2000 or so and cutting them to match your tank is pretty nasty...

Did you know that RallyRaid Int. makes a copy for about €350?

https://shop.rallyraid.co.uk/proddet...p?prod=BI_1002

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