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Old 07-10-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Question 690 Enduro R Vs 350 EXC Opinions Please

I am looking for advice from those of you that own or have owned a 690 Enduro and a 350 EXC.

I presently own a 690 Enduro and my local dealer is telling me I need to get a 350EXC next since it's a completely different bike and much lighter. He says it's a night and day difference and would be much better suited for trail riding and single track. According to spec sheets it's a difference of 50-60 lbs.

Is he giving me the sales pitch or is this fact?
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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Fact! 690 is a capable bike but night and day comparison to a true dirtbike. Might have better luck asking this question in thumper forum or maybe ktmtalk?
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:32 PM   #3
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Fact. Not even close. Have a 690 and Husaberg FE 350.

Posted by a way I don't really understand.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Put this in thumpers...

PS: Your dealer is trying to sell a bike . I rode my KTM 640 Adventure everywhere, single track, desert, woods etc 50-60 lbs wont tire you out as quick.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:22 PM   #5
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:42 PM   #6
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350, that's a pit bike right. We don't ride anything less than a 950 in this forum
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:29 AM   #7
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I own both... a 350 instead of a 690??? No real comparison...

What do you want to do with the bike?

A 350 (even the EXC) is a hardcore enduro plastic bike - it is made to ride tight single track, mountains and river beds - It is not a touring bike (oil changes every 15hours etc) a 690 is the best off-road capable mid sized adventure bike.

I use the 350 for fun in the bush (trailer the bike there and back) - and the 690 for rallye raid and serious off-road touring through Botswana etc
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:11 AM   #8
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Completely different machines. Do you need a 350 to do single track, no but it'll be much easier than a 690.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:26 AM   #9
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Put this in thumpers...

PS: Your dealer is trying to sell a bike . I rode my KTM 640 Adventure everywhere, single track, desert, woods etc 50-60 lbs wont tire you out as quick.
So the bigger and heavier a bike is,the less effort.

I would think the Endurocross guys would be onto this and setting up 690's for the tighter tracks.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:53 PM   #10
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690 Enduro R Vs 350 EXC Opinions Please

The 690 is capable but it's too big/heavy to be fast on the trails. I have fun with it on singletrack but I feel I'm in the minority - most guys want a mountain bike with an engine. Make up your own mind. If you're just doing easy casual trailriding, you'll never truly exploit the 350's weight advantage and you'll have the extra maintenance to deal with.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:01 PM   #11
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I don't know where the OP lives but here in Illinois/Iowa you couldn't really ride a 690 on our trails. The trails are simply to tight.
If you tried you'd either be hating life or you would destroy your bike.

A 350 would work great however.


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Old 07-11-2014, 08:21 PM   #12
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The trails are simply to tight.

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