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Old 02-03-2012, 01:26 PM   #1591
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:05 PM   #1592
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You guys are giving me the heebie jeebies with the staples this morning.
My last wreck a year and a half ago I broke 8 bones in 12 places. I did myself a favor and deleted the cell phone photos I took while in the E-room. Only saved the series with the cute little blonde radiologist.

YOWZA!!!!

690's held together by staples

We have seen the damage done....how about those pics of "the cute little blonde radiologist"
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #1593
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I am running the husaberg for sandblast...I really miss the 690. while the berg is still quite fast it just feels twitchyand very short. It will be interesting.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:01 PM   #1594
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Seth,
A guy really needs several bikes

Big Bike: Touring/easy dual sport
Mid bike: Dual sport (690)
Dirt: KTM/Berg ( or reasonable facsimile)

As for feeling twitchy.....I feel like that at higher speed on the 690 in 450 conditions
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #1595
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Only saved the series with the cute little blonde radiologist.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #1596
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:57 PM   #1597
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Seth,
A guy really needs several bikes

Big Bike: Touring/easy dual sport
Mid bike: Dual sport (690)
Dirt: KTM/Berg ( or reasonable facsimile)

As for feeling twitchy.....I feel like that at higher speed on the 690 in 450 conditions
I will get another 950 at some point. 690 is rally bike now. Berg reserved for woods/enduro riding.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #1598
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Sorry for my ignorance on this, I have only been looking at 690's for a few weeks, currently Im on a 2011 450exc and 2011 990R, but thinking pretty serious about adding a 690 for the middle of the road- just thinking at this point, my 990 actually does pretty good so the jury is still out on if I should spring on a 690.
My understanding is that the 2012 690 is just bigger displacement ? Not sure if its just a larger bore, I assume so. I can get a 2011- for under 9K , but a 2012 will cost me closer to 10k. Is it worth the money to go with a 2012 ?
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #1599
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is it worth the money to go with a 2012 ?

no...
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:38 PM   #1600
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:43 PM   #1601
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save some money and buy a used 690..several for sale with a lot of goodies.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:45 AM   #1602
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Just saw a 2012 yesterday and played with it. Actually it was a pretty cool how it happened.

I'm on a 3 week vacation buzzing thru Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (not so much vacation ) and in Bangkok was looking for a shop to work on my bike. (I'm not on the KTM - I'm riding a KLX250/351; 690 doesn't go that far from home!)

Anyways it's been a while since I've been somewhere where I don't speak the languae let alone the script and I had spent hours on google maps/advrider/hand motions to taxi drivers trying to find 3 motorcycle shops in this congested city of 13 million! (At least on the KTM you don't have try to figure out how to say "mikuki 147.5 main jet" in Thai" - not in a single dictionary I found!)

Anyways after giving up 7 hours later I decided to go to some glitzy mall some fellow tourists were going to. Normally I hate those places - the guys I heard about it from were obviously into the kind of things I'm not but I was really craving AC and a Starbucks. Walk in the mall and there in front of me was a massive Dainese display - I thought this may be a cooler mall than I thought!
Then I see a new RC8 and a KTM X-bow car! 100 meters later there were about 50 new Kawasaki's and all of Kawasaki's top brass was there (best chance for figuring out how to say "mikuni 147.5 main jet" in Thai and writing it down and keeping it if I get it!). Long story short Honda, Triumph, Harley and yes KTM were all there.

I've had the 2008 and '11 690's. The 2012 looked/felt shorter to me than the 2008 but it's been a while since I've seen my 8. It was a gauge back to the 08 style which to be honest I really would like if it didn't break all the time. I could be wrong, but the rake/trail seemed a tad different too; my feeling was that it would be better on the road, more stable at high speeds but not as good in the dirt.
It's been a year + that I've seen/ridden my 08 so I may be whacked on that perception it appears to me the 2012 would be more road oriented than the 08 even with the rake and trail and of course the 09-11's the best off road.

I left my camera - I may go back to said glitzy malls though not just you guys pictures though but because they had a cold stone ice cream there!
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:02 AM   #1603
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You guys are giving me the heebie jeebies with the staples this morning.
My last wreck a year and a half ago I broke 8 bones in 12 places. I did myself a favor and deleted the cell phone photos I took while in the E-room. Only saved the series with the cute little blonde radiologist.
Prefer stiches??

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:41 AM   #1604
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Prefer stiches??

You guys fall off your bikes a lot.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #1605
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I had 6 fractures in my wrist when I bumped into my buddy with 40km/h when he suddenly stopped in the middle of the road...
Not a great way to end a great day of off-roading somewhere in the German woods...
That's 2,5 years ago and my wrist will never be the same. I still ride and climb though. I'm unstoppable :)





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