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Old 08-24-2013, 06:21 AM   #2491
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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   #2492
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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.

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #2493
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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 08-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #2494
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:38 AM   #2495
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:39 AM   #2496
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #2497
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:44 AM   #2498
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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   #2499
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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   #2500
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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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Old 08-27-2013, 01:24 PM   #2501
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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.
You'll get an interesting mix of opinions on this one ...

I've ridden bikes with much more obvious power and responsiveness - at one end, things like the 990 - at the other end, things like the 300EXC - the 690 is (IMO) very tame by comparison - it's got heaps to work with, but quite controlled - I'm running it with an Akrapovic pipe / air filter / Akra map ...

I also feel that there's not heaps happening up about 4,500rpm - I tend to run it at that or lower - it'll certainly keep revving, but not heaps of payoff ...
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:13 AM   #2502
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You'll get an interesting mix of opinions on this one ...

I've ridden bikes with much more obvious power and responsiveness - at one end, things like the 990 - at the other end, things like the 300EXC - the 690 is (IMO) very tame by comparison - it's got heaps to work with, but quite controlled - I'm running it with an Akrapovic pipe / air filter / Akra map ...

I also feel that there's not heaps happening up about 4,500rpm - I tend to run it at that or lower - it'll certainly keep revving, but not heaps of payoff ...
I would agree that in general the bike is pretty easy to control, but I find the exact opposite in terms of where the power is. On my bike it starts around 4500rpm.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #2503
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You'll get an interesting mix of opinions on this one ...

I've ridden bikes with much more obvious power and responsiveness - at one end, things like the 990 - at the other end, things like the 300EXC - the 690 is (IMO) very tame by comparison - it's got heaps to work with, but quite controlled - I'm running it with an Akrapovic pipe / air filter / Akra map ...

I also feel that there's not heaps happening up about 4,500rpm - I tend to run it at that or lower - it'll certainly keep revving, but not heaps of payoff ...
I agree somewhat with what you say {I also have a 990 and 300XC}, but I find it pulls well below 4500, but I run 14/48 gearing for more serious dirt. I run a Leo Vince exhaust and Rally Raid foam air filter which replaces the air box snorkel {similar setup to yours} so it might be the gearing difference.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #2504
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:24 AM   #2505
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