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Old 08-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #2491
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Hello,

Having lurked around here for what seems like forever I finally have something to post....

Picked up today my new (to me) 690 with Rally Raid bling:




Looking forward to posting lots more photos!!!


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Old 08-23-2013, 12:36 PM   #2492
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Looking forward to posting lots more photos!!!


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And we are looking forward to seeing them!

Great entrance into the 690 world!
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #2493
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Hey guys....

Sorry if this has been already covered somewhere in this MASSIVE thread, but has anyone here made the switch from the 990 and regretted it?

I should mention I'm SoCal so dirt is always less than an hour away, but I'm now thinking I need to take my 990 and turn it into 2 bikes: 690 for dirt/city and K1200R sport for major road work.

I wondered how many of swapped from a 990 and then switched back after a "honeymoon" with the 690?

Thanks in advance....
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #2494
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I've had 950 , I do miss the the 950 but the 690 is far better off road

But the 950/990 are far better for long haul dirt road , paved road but it is still
Very capable off road it's just big .

It I were to tour Australia a 950/990 is my first choose 690 is a excellent
Multiway day platform small light nimble

Power to weight is pretty even , you will bet a 990 in the tight stuff but as soon as it opens up the 990 will be out of sight .

So what I'm say is keep your 990 and get 690 as well but then you will need a 500 exc for the single track
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:57 PM   #2495
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I had the 950 and now on the 690.

No regrets, did the EVO ll conversion/ Rally Raid / Vortex MAP ect

Not looking back at the 950 unless its in the rear view......
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:21 AM   #2496
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I have a 950 and a 690.
The adventure is is my street machine for work and play. I never really got comfortable throwing that big thing around even on dirt roads.
My Ginger replaced my 525exc that I passed on to my son. Still making the transition from light nimble exc to the heavier stiffer 690.

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:00 PM   #2497
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Hello hello

Recently bought a 690 R and right now I'm building up the Dottori rally kit, great fun! Did my first test ride with the kit on the bike yesterday, nothing 'plugged in' yet and without fuel in the front tanks (and no paint), but seems to be working well.

The bike as I bought it:



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Old 08-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #2498
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Hello,

Having lurked around here for what seems like forever I finally have something to post....

Picked up today my new (to me) 690 with Rally Raid bling:




Looking forward to posting lots more photos!!!


Nick.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #2499
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:39 AM   #2501
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #2502
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:44 AM   #2503
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question for the 690 owners

Ive never had the oppurtunity to ride one of these amazing bikes and i was wondering what is the power delivery like? Is it an absolute torque monster or does it like to be revved?

I currently have an xrr with some goodies and just wonder if the power delivery is anything similar.

Look forward to hearing about it!
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:06 AM   #2504
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I can say that it is the most powerful single I have ever ridden. It will easily loft the wheel changing gears so you have to be careful. The gearbox is pretty close ratio with the lower end of the power band at around 4k RPM. But it revs to the moon.

Contrast that with a Yamaha XT660. It pulls from just off idle, but runs out of breath around 7k rpm.

I keep my map at the low power map setting because I ride it in the city a lot and the throttle is less touchy. I don't seem to need all the power it makes anyway.


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Ive never had the oppurtunity to ride one of these amazing bikes and i was wondering what is the power delivery like? Is it an absolute torque monster or does it like to be revved?

I currently have an xrr with some goodies and just wonder if the power delivery is anything similar.

Look forward to hearing about it!
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #2505
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I can say that it is the most powerful single I have ever ridden. It will easily loft the wheel changing gears so you have to be careful...
I've been reading about this amazing wheeling machine well before I even bought one. So for the last few months I've been leary of twisting the throttle and looping the bike. Well the other day I got brave - I brought it up to 4500rpm, leaned back a bit and cranked it WFO. I didn't end up on my ass but I can tell you I went straight home to change my underwear...

It's a beast, no doubt about it.
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