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Old 12-08-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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How well can KTM 690 R be set up for Touring

I have been going over my options for a R1150GS replacement that would be better on logging roads and two track and have pretty much narrowed to either the KTM 690 R or a BMW F800GS after looking hard at the XR650L and DR650 with great input from this forum and the Gspot. I want better highway performance and power than the japanese 650's put out.

I know the KTM will be the better off road choice but I am wondering how well it can be set up for the highway and touring side of things as this will be 50/50 duty.

I think the KTM would be easier to make comfortable with a better screen and custom seat than it would be to make a F800GS better in the dirt. I am thinking some sort of a tall modified screen with adjustment as buffetting is always a nightmare for me at 6'3". I like the rally fairings but high price and no adjustment will probably mean buffetting.
I made my own dished seat for the R1150GS that is great . A scaled back more rally style seat of my design will likely solve the seat issues and will cheap.

I have read a ton and searched alot and have not found too much feedback on tall guy touring setups of a 690 enduro r.

Anyone have a nice setup they want to tell me about ? Pics ?
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Lots of options, here are a few pictures with the KTM tank bag, rear bag & touring shield.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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I am a KTM guy, but if you plan to run fire roads and two track instead of single track, sand, and rocks, I would probably pick the BMW. Dirt bikes aren't a whole lot of fun on dirt roads, and really aren't fun on the highway. The perfect environment for the 690 to me would be running around in the city, maybe 10 mile commutes on 2 lane highways, and mild single track or ATV type trails.

The 950 super enduros seem plenty capable on road and off as well, any reason you aren't considering one besides being a bit difficult to locate?
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
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This barely applies, but at 6-5, I set up my 640 by adding 2" to the seat and at first put on 2" bar risers. I knocked off the 2" risers and installed some 5" Rox risers. Have not got a chance to try this set up yet.

On my 990, I took off the stock pegs and put on the SW Mototech pegs. That added another 15mm (iirc) for leg room. Then the 2" risers went on.

I think at 6-3, you'll want to do the bar risers and pegs at the minimum. Probably on either bike.

I just recently saw a picture of a 990 SMT windshield on an enduro style headlight. It was on a 950 SM. Look HERE. I think that would work on the 690 as well. (Edit: 205'd by the touring wind screen on the 690!)
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Touring on a could be done.
Your one of those guys how can flat foot the 690? Good for you!
One possible wish list might include.
50/50 tires ..check
custom seat check
heated grips
wind screen check
tankbag check
added fuel capacity
heated clothing...check
gps w/tunes..check
The weight difference is significant 300# 690 600# 1150
For tricky riding I'd prefer the 690.
I found a used windscreen and cut it down. No buffeting.

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #6
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very pleased with mine

I'm extremely please with my '12 690. I was attracted to the 690 for the same reasons you (and many) are: it straddles the on road / off road divide. I was coming from a Triumph Speed Triple so I honestly expected I'd be sacrificing just about all on road excitement - I was wrong. It turned out to be much more road worthy than I expected, easily doing in the 70s on the interstate. My typical use includes commuting to work - about 20 miles one way, and the occasional off road use. I've done some multi-day trips using a Giant Loop Great Basin and tank bag (I can dig up a pic of the bike w/ bags if you'd like) to carry several days worth of stuff. I did some 'aggressive' fire road riding and also hit the interstate on the way there and back. Yesterday I took her to some local OHV trails (about 1.5 hours one way) and tore it up on the trails with some jumps and pretty aggressive OHV riding.

The bike is tall, at 6'1" I can't flat foot - you might have more luck at 6'3". I don't use a windscreen so can't speak to excessive buffeting. (for me the wind is part of the thrill of the ride - and while 'young' at 37 I'm still fit enough to ward off any fatigue)

This 690 is a compromise though and the guys above list some great points; you're the only one that can decide where on that road vs off road spectrum you lie. It all comes down to if you want a more road worthy or off road oriented bike. If you're worried about road worthiness for the 690 like I was - don't be. For me it's the perfect compromise and I couldn't be happier.
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