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Old 01-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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660 Tenere or 690 KTM enduro

Hi guys,

I have just sold my KTM 300 EXC as I feel too old (46 YO) to keep up with the younger guys I ride with. So after 6 months of reaserch I purchased a KTM 690. I have ridden it only a few times, but am now wondering if I did the right thing? It is awsome in the bush and dirt, but riding it on the road seems criminal and a waste of rubber. Plus not so comfortable for long streches on the tar!

I am now thinking that to do true adventure riding you need to do many k's on road to get to dirt. So I am now thinking the Tenere might be a better option and more comfortable???

I love dirt so maybe I need to have 2 bikes?? I am already missing the single stuff when I tried to take the 690 for an easy ride through the single stuff I used to do and struggled???

This adventure stuff seems to be a real compromise!!!

Help comments please!!!!

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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This is easy, get three bikes. One for the single trail, one for gnarly adventure stuff and a big one for the long distance adventure stuff.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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The 690 is a fun bike.Put on a better seat,small winshield and some d/p tires for a little more comfort and get a plated rfs model for the dirt.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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Pick up a set of super moto rims and tires for the 690 for the days you want to ride on the road.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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The 660 is nearly as heavy as a 950 but with half the power so I can't imagine them to be that much fun.

Plenty of people ride there 690s for months on end. Inmate E-dog just rode his from london back to sydney

And heres a few more http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834987
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:11 AM   #6
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The 690 is a fun bike.Put on a better seat,small winshield and some d/p tires for a little more comfort and get a plated rfs model for the dirt.
+1 The 690 needs a few changes to be a good adv bike but once set up there is nothing else in it's class that comes near it. cept maybe the 640 adv.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:40 AM   #7
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The 690 is a fun bike.Put on a better seat,small winshield and some d/p tires for a little more comfort and get a plated rfs model for the dirt.
Yes this is now what I am thinking! I am still a dirt rider and use the road to get there! I test rode a Tenere 660 today and was way more comfy on the tar than the 690! Funny enough the 2 bikes new are about the same price around $15k. So do I mod the 690 or get a second hand Tenere and spend the diff on another single trail machine WR 450 or similar?

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Old 01-23-2013, 04:44 AM   #8
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This is easy, get three bikes. One for the single trail, one for gnarly adventure stuff and a big one for the long distance adventure stuff.
LOL, indeed this would be the perfect scenario! Would just have to convince the wife and kids!

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:05 AM   #9
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In one of the threads there is a picture of a guy on his BMW God Spoke(GS) with a single rail MC Trailer on back with a yamahe dirt bike on it. I'm leaning towards the KTM 990 becuase it is easy to pick up off the side stand and the clutch only takes my pinky.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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In one of the threads there is a picture of a guy on his BMW God Spoke(GS) with a single rail MC Trailer on back with a yamahe dirt bike on it. I'm leaning towards the KTM 990 becuase it is easy to pick up off the side stand and the clutch only takes my pinky.
That is hilarous!

Can you find the link and post!!!!

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:48 PM   #11
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So do I mod the 690 or get a second hand Tenere and spend the diff on another single trail machine WR 450 or similar?

Chris
Try a decent seat & a windscreen on the 690 first. It's cheap & easy. If you want to mix up your road & dirt there is nothing better than a 690 IMHO.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:25 PM   #12
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690 - yes, I have one, but even if the Yamaha was available where I live, I'd still go withthe KTM... ;)
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:08 AM   #13
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This is easy, get three bikes. One for the single trail, one for gnarly adventure stuff and a big one for the long distance adventure stuff.
I test rode a Tenere 660 yesterday and must say it was way more comfortable on the tar than my 690!

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:07 AM   #14
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A Seat Concepts seat and some risers made a world of difference to my 690. Really comfortable now.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:42 AM   #15
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I had a KTM690EnduroR 2011 that I rode with in Tuareg Rallye 2012.Complete wonderful bike and I miss it even today but Rallye is expensive so had to sell the bike and found a XT660R for a good price. Like the engine in the XT but it is really heavy engine. I told my self that it would be a stock bike but know I change the front fork to a WP from a KTM690EnduroR and a 2-1 system still cheap compared to what I sold my KTM690 for. Are you a dirtrider there are nothing to compare between this bikes the KTM690 is outstanding in every way and if I can afford a new bike say about 3 years it will be a KTM690 again but with real front fork with 300mm travel compared with the 690 -12 shorter travel.

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