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Old 04-18-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Swopped your 690 for a 500? Happy?

I've been on a 2011 690 the last year and seriously considering swooping it for a new 500exc for general trail/dual sport use and to set up as a rally-lite bike for the 3000 km Amageza rally here in South Africa at the end of this year.

Have you made that same swap? How do you feel about it?
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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I swapped mine for a 2011 husaberg 570 which is real close to the 500 to ride.
The 570 is way better than the 690 at pretty much everything. After fitting a cush hub, steering damper and balancing the wheels it's pretty close to the 690 in terms of on road performance

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:10 AM   #3
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570 looks awesome but there aren't any down here hence the 500.... Nice to hear though!
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:12 AM   #4
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Not all that worried about on-road performance as such.... Happy to sit at 70mph and both have bad seats....
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:32 AM   #5
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Currently contemplating the swap myself. I really only want to for the dirt setup of the 500. I recently got tired of flat spotting tires so I will no longer be blasting 80mph on the interstate for hours at a time. I figured I could still have fun on the streets, but swap up wheels for the weekend and hit the trails.

Its a hard trade off honestly. The 500 is a dirt bike. The 690 is a street bike.

The 690 has also been proven to go 100,000 k's on a factory engine. I like the high service intervals as well. The 500 isn't going to stay in spec nearly as long as the 690.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:02 AM   #6
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If you have a scratch around the interweb you won't find many stories of reliability problems with the 500 and you have to assume not everyone services them when they are supposed to. There has got to be a reason they aren't blowing up. I would say the evidence suggests they are pretty bullet proof
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:08 AM   #7
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Over the last 5 years I've averaged about 6000km/3800mi per year in total, mostly off-road touring. Recently bought a 2 stroke enduro that I'm riding a lot now.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:04 PM   #8
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Over the last 5 years I've averaged about 6000km/3800mi per year in total, mostly off-road touring. Recently bought a 2 stroke enduro that I'm riding a lot now.
The 2014 300's are ridiculously good,and stock gearing will cruise 60+ on my XCW easily.

Any 4 stroke seems boat like compared to this thing,at least on tight trail.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:15 PM   #9
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Amageza is 3000 km at race pace. 2 stages of full day dunes. I calculate you'll have to do 3 or 4 oil changes. Carry 4 litres of oil in your trunks. I'll do no oil changes on the 690. Which is a good thing, as last year I was so tired some evenings that I could not take my boots off, never mind do an oil change.
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Yeah true, but the oil change on the 500 should be a pretty quick and painless job. Reports on long distance reliability so far seem pretty good.
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