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Old 06-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #1111
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Excuse me if this has been asked but what skid plate you running? Is it easy to mount/remove?
That is a "Gaurd-it" or "G-IT" skid plate sold through Adventure Spec http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...m-690-e-r.html I've had the same one on my 690 for 3 years and when I finally destroy it, I will buy the same one again! It mounts with 2 bolts (same as stock skidplate) and the 2 studs at the back of the plate under the footpegs.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:13 AM   #1112
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That is a "Gaurd-it" or "G-IT" skid plate sold through Adventure Spec http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...m-690-e-r.html I've had the same one on my 690 for 3 years and when I finally destroy it, I will buy the same one again! It mounts with 2 bolts (same as stock skidplate) and the 2 studs at the back of the plate under the footpegs.
That's why I shouldn't be logging in or asking questions...hard on the CC. I like

I'm trying to figure out where to put the essential tools. Anyone know how dry the RR engine mounted box stays? Mind if I ask what you can fit in there?

I'm searching over the bike to find space to hide/store tools so any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #1113
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Fetch fetch,

Your bikes looks great. Hope it worked well for you. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

John
John,

The 690E did work very well, it ran for 2'500 km in Morocco without an issue. However, it was too heavy for me, especially in sand. I had a hard time to pick it up after dropping it a few times. With all the additional gear - extra tanks, bash plate with integrated water reservoir, navigation equipment, etc. - the bike weighed about 175 kg will all tanks full. I did a similar trip in Morocco this year, this time with a KTM 350 EXC-F. More on this here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=794731

The 350 was a lot easier to ride in sand and rocky terrain. I could go faster on the 350 and at the same time felt safer and got less tired on it. The 690E was of course more comfortable on tarmac and on smooth gravel roads.

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Old 06-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #1114
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KTM 690 City

Here's a new take on the KTM 690 platform. I wanted to build a great general purpose bike for weekend tarmac rides, commuting and just having fun. The bike started out as a very nice used 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R.





From there I made a small number of mods

Front wheel - 19" Excel/RAD Mfg, Continental Road Attack 2
Rear wheel - 17" Excel/RAD Mfg, Continental Road Attack 2
Exhaust - FMF Q4
Gearing - 16/42
Seat - KTM Ergo Seat








I am VERY happy with the result. The bike is great in the canyons, easy to ride around town, a bit easier to swing a leg over. It reminds me of a modern Yamaha XT 500.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #1115
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My '09 690r Adventurised

Thought it was about time I posted to this thread.
I have own the bike from new and so finally got around to adventurising the bike. I have most of the main additions added (only have to work out luggage and potentially a few other little bit's & peices); the main reason for me to go down this path was that I need a good comuter, good weekend blaster and finally a bike that's capable of heading out into the West Australian desert.

Additions include:
Wings Exhaust
GiT Engine Guard
Britannia Lynx Fairing (HID low beam only)
Safari Fuel tank (takes the total fuel capacity to 26L)
Rally-Raid: Bullet 25mm Bar raiser, Billet Sprocket Guard, Subframe bolts, Lower tank kit, Rear Rack, Soft Luggage Rack, Billet Filler adaptor (for the rear fuel tank), tool tube (thinking this could be good carrying a camping nightcap)
Tour-a-tech GPS mount (for the GPSmap 60cx)
LED rear indicators
Folding mirrors
and finally a KTM ergo seat & Foam Air filter.


Pics (I'm heading out on it's first off-road test ride with all the new addition this weekend, so these are all in my backyard):

Side:



Front:



Cockpit (adding GPS very soon)


Bashplate


Rear


Finally - my boys testing the bike:
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #1116
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Few additions since the last post.

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Old 06-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #1117
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It's clean again!







I've always liked the 690, but never seriously considered buying one because of the added weight.(I ride a 525EXC)

Lately, I've been considering the thought of a 690 more and more. Mostly due to a little more comfort, added range, easier maintenance schedule, etc. I have to ride a long way before I get to some good off roading, which still doesn't compare to the riding spots most of you FF's have to ride. If you don't know, the 525 SUCKS on the road, but is a ton of fun on single track.


Anyway, this pic is making me want a 690 even more.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:30 AM   #1118
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My commute today.


bigvan - please tell me about your topcase / mount / rack. That's a nice looking setup.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #1119
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Talking KTM 690 : very slippery and muddy mountain enduro in Sweden / Stockholm

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Old 06-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #1120
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Anyway, this pic is making me want a 690 even more.

Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:05 PM   #1121
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Bjorn, who makes those mirrors, I see in the above photo, if I may ask?
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #1122
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Bjorn, who makes those mirrors, I see in the above photo, if I may ask?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=357336
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:55 PM   #1123
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Just finished getting it back together with the paniers and such. First time the dirt wheels have been on in over 3 years.



bad pic I know, but now its ready for my summer road trip to Nordkapp.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:37 AM   #1124
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I'm trying to figure out where to put the essential tools. any suggestions would be appreciated.
i ended up with a small touratech tankbag for a 950 se. It holds tools and a few other things. It mounts far enough forward so that it doesnt interfere if you have to slide up the seat to go up hill steep. Not ideal but not bad. I wanted anything with weight centralized so better than putting on the tail.

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:57 AM   #1125
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hi, Here are some photos of my 690









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