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Old 04-27-2011, 01:45 PM   #16
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:42 PM   #17
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The girl who rode that bike is only 5' 3".. Just sayin'

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What tyres do you have on there?? I need to get me some new ones and those look great for serious offroad
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:19 AM   #18
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Those are Dunlop 606's, I had them on my 640 too.. My 690 came with MT21's though, and I think I actually like them more. Just my opinion though, either tire is probably fine. Both are a 90/10 dirt oriented DOT tire.. if you want something more dirt oriented than that but still DOT check out the Pirelli Scorpion Pro.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:11 AM   #19
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The girl who rode that bike is only 5' 3".. Just sayin'

That was a low blow. It looks like she had the forks and shock shortened. That is V-strom travel range.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:15 AM   #20
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Yea, I think it still had about 6.5"-7" of travel, but it was also much lighter than a v-strom and it looks better . She had the suspension lowered 3" I think (Maybe 4", but for some reason I don't think it was actually lowered that much), resprung and revalved for her weight and riding style.. The bike performed very well offroad, especially in rocky sections. Practically no deflection on baby-head rocks, the bike would just roll over them.. Here are a couple short clips of her riding it:








Well I was trying to embed those, but it's not working for me for some reason.. I'll try to fix it later, for now you can just click on the pictures if you want to watch the videos.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:50 PM   #21
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T,
If you need to ask I would consider something else.
It is not a machine to learn on.
It's more like grad school for a doctorate in dual sporting.

If you don't know what you are doing it will cause you some grief especially if you use it hard.

The machine was designed for Paris Dakar racing and KTM won with it.
The non race version sold to the public is designed for off road touring and dual sporting and for travel in the second and third world.

There is no other machine like it, it is special because of it's suspension, fuel carrying capacity, aerodynamic cowling with dual lights, brakes, tire size and general quality.

The owners are all a little weird and eccentric, a cult.

The machine is a classic in it's weight class.

The motorcycle's looks are wickedly beautiful.

It is no longer made and has not been replaced except by the 690 and a pile of money.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:52 PM   #22
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If you need to ask I would consider something else.
It is not a machine to learn on.
It's more like grad school for a doctorate in dual sporting.

If you don't know what you are doing it will cause you some grief especially if you use it hard.

The machine was designed for Paris Dakar racing and KTM won with it.
The non race version sold to the public is designed for off road touring and dual sporting and for travel in the second and third world.

There is no other machine like it, it is special because of it's suspension, fuel carrying capacity, aerodynamic cowling with dual lights, brakes, tire size and general quality.

The owners are all a little weird and eccentric, a cult.

The machine is a classic in it's weight class.

The motorcycle's looks are wickedly beautiful.

It is no longer made and has not been replaced except by the 690 and a pile of money.
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Spot on.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:08 AM   #23
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I Love this bike.

I was worried about the vibration - yes its a bit more, but seriously - people who complain about it are seriously off base. I hardly notice the way the bike purrs/shakes.

It - Just - Does - Everything.

It IS the perfect all around bike.

You can TEAR it up offroad, you can luggage it up and take it 10,000 miles without a hiccup, you can rip around town on it like a super moto (albeit a slightly heavier one).

I cannot say enough about the 640 Adventure.





I even ride it through winter (when the roads aren't icerinks !)



Find one and ride it. The 640 Adventure is like Opera - You either absolutely LOVE it of you absolutely hate it.


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Old 04-29-2011, 01:27 AM   #24
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It is the best bike ever. The only bike I ever had that compared was the original Yamaha Tenere, itself also a great bike and much-loved, but simply not in the same class by any stretch. The KTM is just so good.

If you didn't get a factory-allocated 660 Rallye then you would have bought one of these and visited the hardparts catalogue, then gone and raced Dakar. It eats anything in it's path, and is a far and away better bike than I am a rider. Road, trail, track, desert, you name it.
I'm not selling mine either.

Mine's a 2003 model and doesn't shake for some reason (I got lucky?).

PS It's not a novice bike either.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:51 PM   #25
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Hey y'all, just out of curiosity, why specifically does it cause grief for the noobs? sounds like maintenance schedule and performance are not a big deal, so where is the learning curve exactly? just taming her abilities? i too am falling in love with this bike, but want to know what i'm getting into!
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:40 PM   #26
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Its not a starter bike

But if you have some experience you can handle it. The motor pulls smoothly like a tractor. So it only goes as fast as you twist the throttle. I you are coming from a very light 400cc or less there is a size difference. But nothing you cant adapt too with a little time.Dont let these big mouths scare you off. They think they are more skilled than they are. Like we all do.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:29 PM   #27
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...It's more like grad school for a doctorate in dual sporting....
I think Bill hit the nail on the head.

I had been riding dirt bikes for over 30 years when I got mine and it took quite a while to master the beast, both wrench-wise and riding-wise.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:03 PM   #28
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For me it really depends on what type of riding you'll be doing. The 640 is a blast down gravel roads but for me it was a handful on tight trails and you only have to lay it down once with a full load of fuel to say you'll not do that again. I have owned 2 and enjoyed them both. I switched over to the XR650R and then I put a few features of the KTM that I enjoyed like the long range fuel tank....plus the aftermarket for the XR650Rs is still robust and in the US there is a Honda shop just about anywhere you go...KTM parts can take a while to arrive.

Bottomline is you need to find a bike that you feel comfortable on but you can grow your skills with...If this is your first dual sport bike, I would opt to go with a Suzuki DR650 for a year or two then move up to the KTMs.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #29
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Hey y'all, just out of curiosity, why specifically does it cause grief for the noobs? sounds like maintenance schedule and performance are not a big deal, so where is the learning curve exactly? just taming her abilities? i too am falling in love with this bike, but want to know what i'm getting into!
Guessing it's not a novice bike because it is not a light bike compared to a 450 full blown dirt bike, with a full tank it can be very top heavy, often catching you ( meaning me) off guard doing tight turns on a single track.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:33 AM   #30
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T,
If you need to ask I would consider something else.
It is not a machine to learn on.
It's more like grad school for a doctorate in dual sporting.

If you don't know what you are doing it will cause you some grief especially if you use it hard.

The machine was designed for Paris Dakar racing and KTM won with it.
The non race version sold to the public is designed for off road touring and dual sporting and for travel in the second and third world.

There is no other machine like it, it is special because of it's suspension, fuel carrying capacity, aerodynamic cowling with dual lights, brakes, tire size and general quality.

The owners are all a little weird and eccentric, a cult.

The machine is a classic in it's weight class.

The motorcycle's looks are wickedly beautiful.

It is no longer made and has not been replaced except by the 690 and a pile of money.
bill
Perfectly Stated. Especially about the owners If you have to ask just move along........
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