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Old 05-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #8791
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The 500 EXC keeps tempting me!
Feeling the same temptation. Love the 690 but am wondering how much better the 500 would be off road, lighter better suspension....hum, still the 690 is a hell of a lot of fun and the compromise list is pretty short.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #8792
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Feeling the same temptation. Love the 690 but am wondering how much better the 500 would be off road, lighter better suspension....hum, still the 690 is a hell of a lot of fun and the compromise list is pretty short.
No comparison offroad, if that's your focus and you can put up with higher maintenance ...
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #8793
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Feeling the same temptation. Love the 690 but am wondering how much better the 500 would be off road, lighter better suspension....hum, still the 690 is a hell of a lot of fun and the compromise list is pretty short.
What type of riding will determine the answer. The 500exc is plated but really doesn't run down the highway very well. It has a much better turn radius and is a much better dirt bike. For real dualsport applications, the 690 is head and shoulders above it. I rode my 690e from Yuma through the Copper Canyon region and back, no way the 500 would do that trip, 2300 miles of great times.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #8794
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What type of riding will determine the answer. The 500exc is plated but really doesn't run down the highway very well. It has a much better turn radius and is a much better dirt bike. For real dualsport applications, the 690 is head and shoulders above it. I rode my 690e from Yuma through the Copper Canyon region and back, no way the 500 would do that trip, 2300 miles of great times.
That is why I am tempted by the 500 but will keep the 690.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:27 PM   #8795
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2006 950 Adventure Black

$22 for that little piece.

Thanks, Tom.

$31 by the time it gets to my dealer!
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #8796
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Thanks, Tom.

$31 by the time it gets to my dealer!
I think I have one in my tool box
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:24 AM   #8797
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What type of riding will determine the answer. The 500exc is plated but really doesn't run down the highway very well. It has a much better turn radius and is a much better dirt bike. For real dualsport applications, the 690 is head and shoulders above it. I rode my 690e from Yuma through the Copper Canyon region and back, no way the 500 would do that trip, 2300 miles of great times.
Bought the 690 when I started to feel bad taking the GSA so far off the beaten track, started to feel bad for beating on the GSA, although it never complained and feel bad also referring to me. Physically, muscling the 575lbs GSA over rough stuff wears you out . I went with the 690 because of the lower maintenance intervals and better road manners but never tried the 500. Now the 690 is a weekday commuter for the short ride into work, usually take the torn up train tracks and it is the afterwork and weekend off road toy and explorer.

Tempted by the lure of even more off road capability and lighter weight and better suspension of the 500. Not sure I could add another bike to the garage without Mrs CdnX noticing. . I'll have to get a test ride on one and see, it would be hard too give up the 690, love this bike, and it has all sorts of allure because of its DS capabilities.

I still have the GSA for long treks, 2 up and occasional offload use.

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Old 05-22-2013, 05:21 AM   #8798
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Just the Wings for now. What size Heidenau (140/80 Tube)? You're in the rainy South East I see. How is this combo on wet roads. Would you commute 40 miles one way with that 606? Good to hear from you Dirty. Appreciate your posts.
Any knob on the front might make for some excitement in the rain, but the 606 on the front of the 640A or the 690 so far has been fine in the wet.

I don't think any of us have the gonads to ride like a footpeg scraping hooligan in the wet though, so tire choice is really a moot point.

Running a 606, a 908, or the Heidenau K60 all gripped well enough that the 640A running with the FCR carb never had the power to actually break the back end of the bike loose as I goosed the throttle coming out of tight paved twisties on the Pig Trail they have up in NW Arkansas. The 690 on the other hand WILL break the ass-end of the bike loose under hard acceleration coming out the tight twisties even with the K60 on the rear. If that don't make you pucker up and tear a hole in the naugahide I don't know what will...

I do like the 606 on the front for the sort of riding we do here in Louisiana and up in AR where we ride a few times each year. I usually keep the front at 22psi. This is the likely culprit for the reason the knobs fold back and develop a sawtooth-like wear pattern caused by front tire braking forces. Some folks would flip the tire to reverse the wear pattern but I'm too lazy to do so.

I do like the 140 Heidenau on the back of both bikes.

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:50 AM   #8799
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Wow! I finally uploaded the 2012 evo-1 map into the bike (evo-1 airbox and an FMF Q4 slip-on atm). What a difference! Much better power over the whole rev range and the throttle smoothed out in first gear on/off. I can't wait to hit the trials with it after these changes (and the throttle response wasn't bad to begin with).



As for all the debate on bikes I have a 690e coming from a 950 adv. The 690 will be my do everything bike from commuting to pretty aggressive trail riding. I've ridden my uncle's TE511 for a bit on the trail and while the 690 isn't as nimble or light it does just fine. I would get (and have) a stiffer rear spring before riding trails, jumping over water bars, and whoops. RRaid tank bolt upgrades are a must for this kind of riding.

It's easy to ride 100 miles to the trails, do trails all day, and then ride home. Not having to fuss with a trailer is nice. I am planning on even longer (500-1000 mile) trips on the bike this summer with camping gear. It's not the best street bike by any means but it's good enough for me; and nearly all of the interesting roads are non-interstates, 65-70mph which the bike easily handles and the windblast isn't too bad.

No one bike does it all perfectly though. If I won the lottery I'd probably have a 450 dirt bike for close super gnarly trails, the 690 for camping trips, and a road bike of some kind (probably a MG Griso 8v ).
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:13 AM   #8800
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Wow! I finally uploaded the 2012 evo-1 map into the bike (evo-1 airbox and an FMF Q4 slip-on atm). What a difference! Much better power over the whole rev range and the throttle smoothed out in first gear on/off. I can't wait to hit the trials with it after these changes (and the throttle response wasn't bad to begin with).
Let us know if your fuel mileage goes down...
I'm getting around 50-55 mpg with the stock map,stock air box w/foam filter and a Wings slip-on...
I'm not willing to sacrifice mileage for a few extra HP....
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #8801
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I was getting 50-60 commuting and about 45-50 on trails so we'll see how that changes. Eventually I'm going to get a wideband or EGT sensor welded in so I can fine tune the mapping myself.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #8802
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Anyone knows whether this can be fitted on earlier version models. I have a 2010 enduro R. If yes, whats the trick to get the tacho to work ?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #8803
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Anyone knows whether this can be fitted on earlier version models. I have a 2010 enduro R. If yes, whats the trick to get the tacho to work ?
All you need to do is change the main wiring harness on the bike, and buy the headlight/tach/mount hardware from an 08/12/13 or any year smc.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #8804
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I just finished installing the new Lynx Fairing on my bike. So far I'm pretty pleased. Installation is very simple, the unit provides nice wind protection, but does not get in the way when trail riding and puts out some nice light.



I replaced the aluminum grid rock guard w/ a piece of Lexan. While the aluminum guard looked cool it put a strange web shaddow in the headlight throw.











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Dash w/ Garmin Montana and OEM speedo:


The red button on the side turns off the low beam. Saves some wattage when offroad riding or using electric gear or trying to start the bike w/ a weak battery.

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Old 05-22-2013, 11:09 AM   #8805
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I just finished installing the new Lynx Fairing on my bike. So far I'm pretty pleased. Installation is very simple, the unit provides nice wind protection, but does not get in the way when trail riding and puts out some nice light.

How do you feel it compares to the race light you had on your SE? My 690 has TT race light with Boatmans conversion and I'm trying to decide which way to go. I like the race light output and the clean air. Above 70 though it gets hard to hang on...

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