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Old 03-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #7621
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Damn, had a slow washout in a muddy rut and went down.

The tab to mount the plastic shroud punched a hole right in the radiator. Glad I made it home.
Known issue, you should spend some time reading the 690 Wiki, may save you some more headaches down the road.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #7622
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Any of you guys have some good videos of a 690 doing some technical trails?

I'm waffling between a 500 EXC and a 690 but THIS is sort of the riding I am thinking of and am wondering how the bigger 690 handles the rough stuff. I've looked around on youtube a bit, but most of the 690 vids seem to be on dirt roads and the like...


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Old 03-07-2013, 02:59 PM   #7623
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Any of you guys have some good videos of a 690 doing some technical trails?

I'm waffling between a 500 EXC and a 690 but THIS is sort of the riding I am thinking of and am wondering how the bigger 690 handles the rough stuff. I've looked around on youtube a bit, but most of the 690 vids seem to be on dirt roads and the like...


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I think even a Jimmy Lewis or Shane Watts would find the 690 suspension not up to that task, based on that video.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #7624
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Any of you guys have some good videos of a 690 doing some technical trails?

I'm waffling between a 500 EXC and a 690 but THIS is sort of the riding I am thinking of and am wondering how the bigger 690 handles the rough stuff. I've looked around on youtube a bit, but most of the 690 vids seem to be on dirt roads and the like...


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690 wouldn't have that much of a problem with any of what I saw on that vid. You would definitely be more worn out at the end of the day though compared to riding the 500.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #7625
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I have this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvatXSnXNME

That video you posted was great. That rider is way way better than me. What he rode seems doable on a 690 but would be slower.

Some of the stuff in my video was challenging on the 690, due both to my lack of talent, the weight of the bike, and the too high gearing for the terrain. BTW I was riding by myself so I ride nice and easy. Can't take the chance of a big off.

A 500 EXC would have been a lot easier to ride no question.

I am keeping my 690 because I rode 50 miles back home on the highway!
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:08 PM   #7626
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I think even a Jimmy Lewis or Shane Watts would find the 690 suspension not up to that task, based on that video.
Agreed.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:41 PM   #7627
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Geeeze, ...... KTM still won't allow import of their bikes newer than 2007 from any other country into Canada. Jerks.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #7628
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Any of you guys have some good videos of a 690 doing some technical trails?

I'm waffling between a 500 EXC and a 690 but THIS is sort of the riding I am thinking of and am wondering how the bigger 690 handles the rough stuff. I've looked around on youtube a bit, but most of the 690 vids seem to be on dirt roads and the like...


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If you are an experienced rider and of above average size like myself (6'5" ~220lbs) riding the 690 everywhere that a 450class bike goes is not a problem. I replaced a crf450r with my 690 and it has not held me back at all (after extensive suspension work) and I have taken it in terrain that has had A rider's DNF'ing (I was NOT racing.) No matter how you slice it, the bigger bike will ALWAYS take more effort to get through the tight stuff but I find it more stable in the high speed stuff.

Sorry, no video. Here are some stills of tech sections that I've posted a gazillion times:




...alright my computer is not cooperating, I'll add them shortly.

here's my "geek slide" video that's always good for a laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ZnB...layer_embedded

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #7629
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690 wouldn't have that much of a problem with any of what I saw on that vid. You would definitely be more worn out at the end of the day though compared to riding the 500.
I agree.....that terrain would be more fun with the 500 due mostly to weight issues over a long day.....the 690 has the edge for paved riding/gravel roads and distance.....the 500 is better for tighter single track.....

That's why I have a 450 and a 690....different tool for different job

I would buy a 500 over the 690 if the majority of my riding was technical....I like the 690 for the added benefit for on-road



But some heroes ride their 990's two up in this shit:






Great ride report at: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=867128
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #7630
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Known issue, you should spend some time reading the 690 Wiki, may save you some more headaches down the road.
Thanks, guess I'll head over there. Got a link?

The thing that sucks is there is no damage at all to the plastic shroud or the hand guard.

Whoa, over $500 for a new radiator. That was an expensive 0 MPH tipover.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #7631
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Any of you guys have some good videos of a 690 doing some technical trails?

I'm waffling between a 500 EXC and a 690 but THIS is sort of the riding I am thinking of and am wondering how the bigger 690 handles the rough stuff. I've looked around on youtube a bit, but most of the 690 vids seem to be on dirt roads and the like...


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I ride a lot of that stuff here in Arizona on my 690. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. If I knew the trail would be like that I would take my 400. But sometimes you don't know what you're getting into.

I would rather ride my 690 through crap than my 400 on slab. But that's me.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #7632
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Thanks, guess I'll head over there. Got a link?

The thing that sucks is there is no damage at all to the plastic shroud or the hand guard.

Whoa, over $500 for a new radiator. That was an expensive 0 MPH tipover.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:47 PM   #7633
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Appreciate that link. Great info.

Here's my damage. I wonder if my local radiator repair shop can do something with it?

Also, I've seen the KTM and the Touratech rad guards. Any others to consider?



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Old 03-08-2013, 01:53 AM   #7634
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Thats a easy fix. I had the core leak on mine right behind the bracing rod at the top. Cost me $92 to have fixed. You could do it yourself for a quick fix with J-B weld.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:38 AM   #7635
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Shrug, sure super rough trails on the 690 would be harder than on a 500 but the difference is much less than what you gain on the street.

Then again I was one of those people who took their 950's almost anywhere .

Any bike that has an exposed radiator should get some sort of guards for it. I've personally gone down multiple times on mine without issue (I have the KTM rad guards and did the zip-tie fix for the radiator shroud).
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