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Old 08-27-2013, 02:24 PM   #2506
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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, 08:13 AM   #2507
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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, 08:54 AM   #2508
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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, 09:22 AM   #2509
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #2510
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:10 PM   #2511
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:32 AM   #2512
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:49 AM   #2513
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Creedyflyr: Wow! From a fellow F-18 guy, to my eyes that is one of the best pictures on this site ever. For an interior picture, there's more visual interest in that shot than most by a lot---Sweet!


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Old 08-31-2013, 07:56 AM   #2514
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creedyflyr, sweet photo!

Love your stack of tires.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #2515
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:50 PM   #2516
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Just applied my Rally Raid graphics package for the EVO2 tanks. Bike is a 2009 690r. Package comes with stuff for front and rear fenders, fork guards, tanks, side panels, and swing arm. They have headlight stuff but it does not fit my aftermarket light. Figured I would get some picks before it all gets dirty and scratched again! Certainly a lot of Rally Raid logos but they make good stuff so whatever!




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Old 08-31-2013, 08:22 PM   #2517
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #2518
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Bike looks great!!! For some reason, I can't find time to take a picture of my bike when it's clean. Seems like it's always dirty......
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #2519
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It was a great day away from work to enjoy the countryside. This bike just loves cruising power line trails.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:55 PM   #2520
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