Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 => Topic started by: BossPierreLombard on December 07, 2016, 06:38:08 pm

Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 07, 2016, 06:38:08 pm
Here goes,

After riding my dads Bmw 650 x country 3 months ago.. i was hooked.. completely hooked. We did a Cederberg/tankwa/uitspankraal/wupperthal trip.

The bm was new to the stable, for years we cruised on a DT175 and XL185.

So i did my research, dakar / xt / klr / tenere but every time i looked at the 640ktm.. i was like YES!! Thats it!

I knew that the 640 wouldn't be the most reliable or sensible purchase. But i went and drove one..which I ended up purchasing.

After a good clean i noticed some things that i dont like, mainly cosmetic issues..

But for now...I am happy, very happy!(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161207/a775e5a21d59590322d6d6df76297afa.jpg)

On Saturday, I Ride:)

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on December 07, 2016, 08:26:00 pm
Congratulations!!

My absolute favorite bike, welcome to the club.  Mileage? Did you get the panniers with?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: edgy on December 07, 2016, 08:33:13 pm
I still want to own one of these! :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 07, 2016, 09:41:15 pm
Thanks, 30000km and I got the panniers


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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: TheAnt on December 07, 2016, 09:58:26 pm
Welcome to the darkside! Enjoy every moment out riding and keep safe! One of my favorites as well. 2nd bike maybe one day...  :drif:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 07, 2016, 10:26:18 pm
The one bike I would loved to have owned if only it had a different engine in. :drif:
Happy travels. :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: desertfox on December 07, 2016, 10:27:15 pm
 :drif:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 08, 2016, 12:08:01 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161208/e02ac287b921fe45961cf6f90d70763a.png)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161208/b96ece288128fb8e4a24c81c425afdbb.jpg)

When we removed the pannier racks, a bolt broke off. ( there are many rusty bolts )

We tried, tried and tried.. and saw we were not going to win.

I made some calls and got a "mobile bolt removal" company to come and sort me out :/

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161208/8302be1d2b5285af206fd9a240fcef5a.jpg)

Job done.

After that i got some fresh tires.

TKC 80 , front and back.

The bike had 130/80 at the back, the bookie says 140 - so we went for the 140.

Happy Happy!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 08, 2016, 12:14:20 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161208/7ddcd9b707fe7fb38a01c0a7c72f7e02.jpg)

Next up.. the spokes.

The bike came with those spoke covers. And once removed...rust...

We managed to get most of them back to there former glory. But Im still not happy.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161208/7f813de7edf995a25c11dfcea20cfe3e.jpg)

Im not getting into the "hard to reach" places.

I was quoted R450 per wheel excluding the spokes.

I could go original or stainless steel.

Waiting for the costing on the stainless steel option.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 08, 2016, 01:02:04 pm
BossPierre take those wheels to Superfoxi :deal:
You can just send him a pm.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 08, 2016, 03:02:50 pm
Thanks Chris


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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 09, 2016, 09:52:15 am
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161209/b0b93dbe12f0a744a8c1574e58bfa913.jpg)

Wheels came off last night.

New spokes today.

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: roburt on December 09, 2016, 10:08:11 am
now if you realy want to have fun go try kick start it :-) .... always nice to think will it start or will it kick back :-)
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 09, 2016, 08:31:52 pm
I'll give that a go Roburt, thanks for the warning.

Taking the bike out tomorrow on its maiden voyage

"Route: grabouw, old houw hoek pass to botrivier, karwyders kraal, hemel en aarde, teslaarsdal, akkedisbergpas, sandies glen, stanford brewery, hermanus, highlands road , n2 home. Omtrent 400km +"
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: JustBendIt on December 10, 2016, 04:58:32 am
Hi Pierre

Congrats on the purchase of one of the very last 640s

It was a pleasure meeting you and your dad and doing business with you guys - I look forward to enjoying a ride with you guys some day  :ricky:

The bike definitely sold to the right person in the end - you are doing exactly (and more) than I would have done if it was mine

Look after the bike and it will look after you - do not listen to all the bad press about 640s - those stories come from people who don't know how to look after their stuff  :pot:

Regards

Justin  :thumleft:

PS - even though it was made in 2007 it was only first registered in 2008 and thus according to Natis it is a 2008 - maybe the only one in the world  :biggrin:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 10, 2016, 10:21:15 am
Look after the bike and it will look after you - do not listen to all the bad press about 640s

Only 640 I know that did not give any problems belonged to Bradleys.
pm him and ask him how he treated/servived his bike.
He must have done something right as he rode the wheels off it but it never broke.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 11, 2016, 08:45:03 pm
Hi Pierre

Congrats on the purchase of one of the very last 640s

It was a pleasure meeting you and your dad and doing business with you guys - I look forward to enjoying a ride with you guys some day  :ricky:

The bike definitely sold to the right person in the end - you are doing exactly (and more) than I would have done if it was mine

Look after the bike and it will look after you - do not listen to all the bad press about 640s - those stories come from people who don't know how to look after their stuff  :pot:

Regards

Justin  :thumleft:

PS - even though it was made in 2007 it was only first registered in 2008 and thus according to Natis it is a 2008 - maybe the only one in the world  :biggrin:

Thanks Justin!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 11, 2016, 08:45:38 pm
Look after the bike and it will look after you - do not listen to all the bad press about 640s

Only 640 I know that did not give any problems belonged to Bradleys.
pm him and ask him how he treated/servived his bike.
He must have done something right as he rode the wheels off it but it never broke.


Thanks Chris.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: LouiST on December 11, 2016, 09:33:48 pm
Enjoy Pierre... :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 12, 2016, 06:37:07 am
First trip done and dusted!

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161211/e585eaa6db9612f521382a1cda2c84d9.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161211/c708bb4fc878293da6ff6ed132758802.jpg)

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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on December 12, 2016, 06:52:40 am
That first pic! Wow!

Hoe vind jy die 640?


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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: JustBendIt on December 12, 2016, 07:02:30 am
Stunning pics Pierre - especially the first one !!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: JourneySA on December 12, 2016, 02:09:49 pm
Killer pics Pierre - where were they taken? looks like a lekker ride!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 12, 2016, 07:03:55 pm
That first pic! Wow!

Hoe vind jy die 640?


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Im super impressed.

The bike is a beast on the more technical sections. Its like it almost comes alive :)

I drove the Xt for a bit, and felt everything on the gravel road vs almost nothing on the 640. No rattles , no shakes. 

Clearly the bike is not a road cruiser. And thats why I went for it.. offroad !

I'm well accustomed to smaller dirt bikes, so not having a clear view of where the front wheel will take some getting used to when hitting more technical stuff.

The vibrations are also almost nonexistent when I have my mx boots on.

Happy
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: MickeyT on December 13, 2016, 09:28:49 am
She is not built for open roads, and if you try, she will give you a numb butt and vibrate the shait out of you, but boy, give her a hint of gravel and she'll come alive.  Better still - give her technical sections and she'll leave everyone behind!

I took my 640 to Superfoxi just after I bought her, for him to give her a good look-over.  The day I picked her up from him, I got a little too exited and high-sided on a hairpin bend, dislocated and fractured my shoulder in 3 places.

Unfortunately, the previous owners didn't look after her properly, so she spent more time with an open engine than on gravel, but no bike gets near a 640 on gravel.

Enjoy her!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 13, 2016, 07:51:09 pm
Thanks for the wise words MickeyT.

I am most comfortable offroad, and new to highways.

This past weekend on the N2 up Sir Louries Pass with wind was an eye-opener and on the return journey I was way more confident.

Don't want to get over confident and see my arse. So forsure..i'll just take it easy on the black stuff
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 13, 2016, 07:58:18 pm
Killer pics Pierre - where were they taken? looks like a lekker ride!


I think the first one is at Karwyderskraal, off the N2.

The rest is the road behind the Honingklip 4x4 route.

Honingklip was our last stop, they serve a tasty menu and brew their own craft beer.(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/8b09588196fc3dbdf339528fda1fbaf3.jpg)
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on December 13, 2016, 08:56:00 pm
The day I picked her up from him, I got a little too exited and high-sided on a hairpin bend,
Nearly did the same with mine yesterday........on a dry tar road......wearing T-shirt, jeans & hiking boots, no gloves.......and I bought mine new in 2004.
Easy to underestimate and get tame if you hardly ridden it in the past year  :patch:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 14, 2016, 06:53:12 am
I have a Garmin Montana 600 with a AMPS mount and anti vibration Touratech mount.

After riding this weekend its clear that I'll need this bracket:

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(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161214/3d76b73ec2bf80198c632a38a66298e2.jpg)

The handle bar count won't allow for an uninterrupted view:
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161214/33e4153b9b74ed5a423245c31ff218bb.jpg)

Where do you guys reckon I could find one?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on December 14, 2016, 06:58:43 am
I'm sure someone can make it for you.  I would be interested as well.  I need to go to Rost Engineering early January and will check with Steve if he can help.

I lost my Garmin Quest on the 640 due to an inferior mount that couldn't handle the vibrations.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 15, 2016, 06:44:38 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161215/f435ac496936851cd0a33a7a6098d688.jpg)

Is there a trick to remove that round black rubber cover to check the light bulb?

My hands aren't tungsten and I dont want to rip it off :/:/

The rear light is not working after the last trip, and I suspect its the bulb that needs to be replaced.

Thanks
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on December 15, 2016, 07:52:01 pm
Haha!
I remember hurting my fingers doing is as well  :imaposer:
If I remember correctly you twist it a bit, like 5 or 10 degrees, but you still sukkel a bit.
Rear globes don't last long due to vibration.

I replaced mine with an LED one that I think I got from Midas.
I had to modify the reflector surround a bit though.
No trouble since then.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: husky on December 16, 2016, 07:49:08 am
He he - enjoy the bike. Mine is on blocks having new water pump internals - surprisingly cheap from KTM.

Ja, that back bung is a bastid; no known method to extract  :biggrin:  But just an oil change can be a messy affair.

Massive thread on AdvRider covering just about everything (even kick starting which is surprisingly easy).  Watch that side stand - it can be fragile and work loose.  Ditto many nuts and bolts - Loctite is your friend.  Be sure to rubber mount your GPS bar otherwise it will vibrate the GPS into self switch off.  Maybe remove any emissions crap if this hasn't been done - mine hadn't been and made a small difference on removal.  Make sure all the wiring under the headlight area is well routed and protected - it is very thin and easily wears through, leaving you stranded.  Maybe weld a reinforcing bar across the bash plate in front of the screw on oil filter - a rap in the wrong spot will crack the filter.  Obviously handling with a full 20 litres of fuel is somewhat different to when it has only 5 litres in that giant tank.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 18, 2016, 03:29:55 pm
Thanks Sprocketbek and husky.

Still no joy from my side :/

I.just.cant.get.it.off..

Went for a ride in some loose sand today..

Well impressed and I didn't fall over.

Next investment will be to get the Shocks setup to my style and weight.

Bike is on 30800km now, will get a full service lined up for 35000km



Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 18, 2016, 03:31:07 pm
He he - enjoy the bike. Mine is on blocks having new water pump internals - surprisingly cheap from KTM.

Ja, that back bung is a bastid; no known method to extract  :biggrin:  But just an oil change can be a messy affair.

Massive thread on AdvRider covering just about everything (even kick starting which is surprisingly easy).  Watch that side stand - it can be fragile and work loose.  Ditto many nuts and bolts - Loctite is your friend.  Be sure to rubber mount your GPS bar otherwise it will vibrate the GPS into self switch off.  Maybe remove any emissions crap if this hasn't been done - mine hadn't been and made a small difference on removal.  Make sure all the wiring under the headlight area is well routed and protected - it is very thin and easily wears through, leaving you stranded.  Maybe weld a reinforcing bar across the bash plate in front of the screw on oil filter - a rap in the wrong spot will crack the filter.  Obviously handling with a full 20 litres of fuel is somewhat different to when it has only 5 litres in that giant tank.


I'll defiantly have these items checked on the 35k service
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 18, 2016, 03:31:39 pm
He he - enjoy the bike. Mine is on blocks having new water pump internals - surprisingly cheap from KTM.

Ja, that back bung is a bastid; no known method to extract  :biggrin:  But just an oil change can be a messy affair.

Massive thread on AdvRider covering just about everything (even kick starting which is surprisingly easy).  Watch that side stand - it can be fragile and work loose.  Ditto many nuts and bolts - Loctite is your friend.  Be sure to rubber mount your GPS bar otherwise it will vibrate the GPS into self switch off.  Maybe remove any emissions crap if this hasn't been done - mine hadn't been and made a small difference on removal.  Make sure all the wiring under the headlight area is well routed and protected - it is very thin and easily wears through, leaving you stranded.  Maybe weld a reinforcing bar across the bash plate in front of the screw on oil filter - a rap in the wrong spot will crack the filter.  Obviously handling with a full 20 litres of fuel is somewhat different to when it has only 5 litres in that giant tank.


I'll defiantly have these items checked on the 35k service
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 20, 2016, 05:39:16 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161220/730b7ee66c355ca10f632492a60df335.jpg)

A quick stop to KTM Cape Town and Im sorted.

Now that I know what it looks like and how simple it is to remove it, I can do so myself.

While I was there I got 2 extra bulbs and a spark plug.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161220/6d1902f35657274a69d43cc73884c2f9.jpg)

And then the bolts... slowly but surely they all someday be new :) and installed with "copper anti-seize grease"

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on January 30, 2017, 07:49:59 pm
I thought the start of 2017 would bring with it a set of Crash Bars and a GPS mount.

Instead I dropped some $$$ on getting the suspension setup properly with my weight.

I was advised of a couple of guys around the Northern Suburbs and went with 737 Racing,  Tom, in Stellenberg.

Fork service
Shock service
Swing arm/linkage service

Both wheels needed to removed to " true and straighten" after i had new spokes put in by a different guy :/:/

Got the bike back and feels great. It was stiff, very stiff. Now there is some give and take with a minimal amount of force.

The bike is also a little lower which helps as I am 1.75.

I did a breakfast run ( all tar ) this weekend and man I cant wait to get in the dirt again.

Some WC Wilddogs did a trip to Oasis..which I has to miss due to work. Flippen worst case scenario.

I hear the Cederberg calling....

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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on February 05, 2017, 10:15:00 pm
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Managed to get stuck today.

This bike is really awesome off the road :)
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: evansv on February 06, 2017, 06:36:06 am
Welcome to the dark side. The thing that impresses me the most on these bikes is the suspension.

BTW I've done 800km in a day, 50% tar - no problems.

Enjoy :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Ruff on February 06, 2017, 07:08:28 am

Managed to get stuck today.

This bike is really awesome off the road :)

Bosveld centerstand.

Man I miss the Cape, you guys have awesome riding spots there. I used to go to the Philippi farms/quarry all the time on my 625.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on February 13, 2017, 07:05:24 pm
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Sunday I took the 640 to Atlantis.

What an awesome morning with some Wilddogs..

The single tracks with whoops were the only trouble I had.
You need good momentum and theres no real room for error( Port Jacksons)

So ego in he pocket and slow down.. which also means stop/start - in loose sand. Not nice.

The "corners" in the single track also put me off. One needs entry speed and I was uncomfortable pushing because the bike was pushing me more than i was pushing her... I guess thats why we also own "plastics"

all in all, put the bike down twicevery chuffed.

Would I do it again?

Forsure..except the single track.. that is unemotional unsentimental territory

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Omninorm on March 02, 2017, 04:28:31 pm
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Sunday I took the 640 to Atlantis.

What an awesome morning with some Wilddogs..

The single tracks with whoops were the only trouble I had.
You need good momentum and theres no real room for error( Port Jacksons)

So ego in he pocket and slow down.. which also means stop/start - in loose sand. Not nice.

The "corners" in the single track also put me off. One needs entry speed and I was uncomfortable pushing because the bike was pushing me more than i was pushing her... I guess thats why we also own "plastics"

all in all, put the bike down twicevery chuffed.

Would I do it again?

Forsure..except the single track.. that is unemotional unsentimental territory

Respect dude.

Took my Xchallenge there 3 times and my F800GS once. They forgot a letter inbetween the G and the S.  Geen F***N Sand. is more like it.
It can be done but also a lot of hard work. The X was much better but like you agree about the whoopedydoo single track with the bigger bike

Maybe we'll meet on the quarry ride perhaps one day. That bike looks awesome. Congrats!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on March 03, 2017, 06:28:37 am
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170213/d74d597122acdfcbedacec5f98886a97.jpg)

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Sunday I took the 640 to Atlantis.

What an awesome morning with some Wilddogs..

The single tracks with whoops were the only trouble I had.
You need good momentum and theres no real room for error( Port Jacksons)

So ego in he pocket and slow down.. which also means stop/start - in loose sand. Not nice.

The "corners" in the single track also put me off. One needs entry speed and I was uncomfortable pushing because the bike was pushing me more than i was pushing her... I guess thats why we also own "plastics"

all in all, put the bike down twicevery chuffed.

Would I do it again?

Forsure..except the single track.. that is unemotional unsentimental territory

Respect dude.

Took my Xchallenge there 3 times and my F800GS once. They forgot a letter inbetween the G and the S.  Geen F***N Sand. is more like it.
It can be done but also a lot of hard work. The X was much better but like you agree about the whoopedydoo single track with the bigger bike

Maybe we'll meet on the quarry ride perhaps one day. That bike looks awesome. Congrats!

Thanks Omninorm,

Are you doing the Welgelegen Funduro?

I'll be there on a kdx200
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on March 08, 2017, 10:09:11 pm
The 640 is going to Rockfox tomorrow for Crashbars and a GPS Mount.

Finally :)


Also have new flickers ready for collection at KTM Cape Town.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Omninorm on March 10, 2017, 11:28:59 pm
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170213/27272de7abc53d66b92a2e3dfed55091.jpg)

Sunday I took the 640 to Atlantis.

What an awesome morning with some Wilddogs..

The single tracks with whoops were the only trouble I had.
You need good momentum and theres no real room for error( Port Jacksons)

So ego in he pocket and slow down.. which also means stop/start - in loose sand. Not nice.

The "corners" in the single track also put me off. One needs entry speed and I was uncomfortable pushing because the bike was pushing me more than i was pushing her... I guess thats why we also own "plastics"

all in all, put the bike down twicevery chuffed.

Would I do it again?

Forsure..except the single track.. that is unemotional unsentimental territory

Respect dude.

Took my Xchallenge there 3 times and my F800GS once. They forgot a letter inbetween the G and the S.  Geen F***N Sand. is more like it.
It can be done but also a lot of hard work. The X was much better but like you agree about the whoopedydoo single track with the bigger bike

Maybe we'll meet on the quarry ride perhaps one day. That bike looks awesome. Congrats!

Thanks Omninorm,

Are you doing the Welgelegen Funduro?

I'll be there on a kdx200

Nice! KDX200 will rock that!
No I've never been at a Funduro  :-[ ... also...currently don't have my WR yet. Should be here Wednesday.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on May 08, 2017, 09:27:34 pm
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GPS mount sorted.

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Crash Bars sorted.

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Pannier Racks sorted.

Thanks to Mike at Rockfox.

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 09, 2017, 08:19:42 am
Wow, impressive.  Lyk flippen nice.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: GreggB on May 11, 2017, 02:45:13 pm
Those look flippin smart! What do the crash bars mount to at the top or are they just joined together with the centre bracket? I am assuming that they are attached to the front motor mount plates at the bottom?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: husky on May 14, 2017, 03:45:27 pm
Very lekker Boss.  Is that GPS mount available from Rockfox and approx. price?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on May 14, 2017, 05:33:29 pm
Those look flippin smart! What do the crash bars mount to at the top or are they just joined together with the centre bracket? I am assuming that they are attached to the front motor mount plates at the bottom?

There seems to be a center bracket between the forks to the frame.
Wonder if they will work with a high mudguard?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 14, 2017, 06:44:08 pm
Those look flippin smart! What do the crash bars mount to at the top or are they just joined together with the centre bracket? I am assuming that they are attached to the front motor mount plates at the bottom?

There seems to be a center bracket between the forks to the frame.
Wonder if they will work with a high mudguard?

They seem very similar to the Toys2Go ones Sprocketbek.

The high fender is compatible with those and I don't want to stick my neck out too far, but would say it should work with this as well.  See attached.

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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on May 14, 2017, 07:00:39 pm
Thanks Kobus!  :thumleft:
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on May 14, 2017, 07:18:55 pm
Wow, impressive.  Lyk flippen nice.  :thumleft:
Dankie Kobus, ek soek altyd vir n glimpse van jou 640 as jy pics gooi van jou mancave :)
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on May 14, 2017, 07:23:14 pm
Those look flippin smart! What do the crash bars mount to at the top or are they just joined together with the centre bracket? I am assuming that they are attached to the front motor mount plates at the bottom?
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/a79f528ed81b24579c3f59da95a74450.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/3e8e0e756692ecadbadf474141eb0930.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/b2eec3da28f988a06c9be81fb76a3c70.jpg)

Thats the front top mount. Hope it helps.

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And this is the bottom
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on May 14, 2017, 07:26:50 pm
Very lekker Boss.  Is that GPS mount available from Rockfox and approx. price?

Husky, it is a Rockfox GPS mount, not sure if it was a once off or how it works.

Those guys are really busy so I kind of  forced my bike in there.

Cost - R400.00
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: GreggB on May 14, 2017, 08:34:46 pm
Those look flippin smart! What do the crash bars mount to at the top or are they just joined together with the centre bracket? I am assuming that they are attached to the front motor mount plates at the bottom?
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/a79f528ed81b24579c3f59da95a74450.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/3e8e0e756692ecadbadf474141eb0930.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/b2eec3da28f988a06c9be81fb76a3c70.jpg)

Thats the front top mount. Hope it helps.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170514/79e44463d9ada251a80122d654649296.jpg)

And this is the bottom
Thanks for the pics. Much appreciated
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: husky on May 15, 2017, 12:27:48 pm
Thanks Boss
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on May 26, 2017, 08:31:45 am
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Last week i did some rider training with Byron Coetsee.

This is me practicing the "elephant turn"

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On my way to Cederberg Oasis after a hectic week.

Goodtimes ahead!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 26, 2017, 08:43:36 am
After owning the 640 for 10 years, I can still look at these pictures and my mind wanders to far off places yet to be explored!  Funny how this bike just feels like the epitome of exploration.

Enjoy your trip Pierre and take lots of photos.  :ricky:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on August 12, 2017, 09:23:36 pm
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The 640 and I in our Happy Place
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Oubones on August 13, 2017, 07:40:21 am
Jealous!
You make me want to just go.
There, anywhere!
Thanks
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on August 19, 2017, 10:10:47 pm
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Did a lekker ride out today with my dad on his X Country
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on October 01, 2018, 07:08:05 pm
Its been a year since any updates☠️

Went through the motions of finding someone to work on the bike. ( finished up Droomers Yamaha - Schalk is the Man )

Got it sorted and havenít had any issues since then. Just get on a RIDE!

Also focused on trying to do the WCOC on my KDX. Which ended abruptly at KB400. One really needs a newer bike and lots of training to do it properly if you didnít grow up off-road racing bikes.

So for now its back to Funduroís and Adventure Rides!
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on October 01, 2018, 07:15:57 pm
https://youtu.be/njA6pMRjzsk
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on October 01, 2018, 07:16:52 pm
https://youtu.be/-QZssMPhuzU
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 09, 2018, 12:44:44 pm
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181209/beac3fb77db58276d1db264b1fae0fea.jpg)

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Some Atlantis Fun. Lots of fun, until you get stuck.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on December 09, 2018, 05:29:41 pm
Getting stuck is not the worst that can happen there  :imaposer:
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 09, 2018, 09:20:58 pm
Getting stuck is not the worst that can happen there  :imaposer:
Fully agree.. itís quite nerve wrecking out there.


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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Omninorm on December 11, 2018, 04:59:34 pm
haha nice pics.
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BuRP on December 11, 2018, 05:51:27 pm
itís quite nerve wrecking out there

Why?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on December 12, 2018, 10:35:07 am
itís quite nerve wrecking out there

Why?

Itís difficult to judge the inclines and declines of the dunes, especially when its sunny.

Everything tends to look ď
DoableĒ but then all of a sudden its a moer steep incline or dropoff.

And there is always a chance of a 4x4 coming from the opposite direction with much speed and momentum.

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Omninorm on December 12, 2018, 10:43:42 am
I love the dunes, bike or 4x4 it's just an amazing place.
But yes, try to chill out there between 11:45 and 13:00. It can be dangerous. Not really always just because of the sun but because the other people also cannot see the crest or undulations of the dunes properly.

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Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BuRP on December 12, 2018, 10:55:22 am
That's the same as when snowskiing then, wear polaroid sunglasses: one instantly sees 'depth'.
For 4x4's just use hand-grenades  :P

I actually expected something on the line of locals, robbers and thugs trying to pray on the gullible, glad to hear it's all 'natural' dangers  ;)
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Dwerg on December 12, 2018, 01:16:11 pm
That's the same as when snowskiing then, wear polaroid sunglasses: one instantly sees 'depth'.
For 4x4's just use hand-grenades  :P

I actually expected something on the line of locals, robbers and thugs trying to pray on the gullible, glad to hear it's all 'natural' dangers  ;)

I find a pair of quality tinted MX googles does the same
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on February 13, 2019, 09:38:22 pm
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After 2 sets of TKC 80ís, Iím trying out the Pirelli MT21 RallyCross.
More Gravel, Less Tar
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: billy-joe on February 14, 2019, 12:13:20 am
i still want one of these!  i find them so pretty!  can you ride it using low down torque if it has any or does one have to keep the motor spinning?
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on February 18, 2019, 09:51:42 am
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Lekker trip To Porcupines Rest Camp. We went in via Seweweekspoort and returned via Anysberg.

Many bikes ⚡️ Many kilometers ⚡️ Many mountain passes ⚡️ Lots of dust

All done with very little drama - there will always be some drama - drama like - a broken gear lever, missing a turnoff and a wheel bearing fail - drama like this adds to the adventure
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on March 01, 2019, 01:03:22 pm
I took my DJI Spark along and managed to put this video together;

https://youtu.be/3goJdajWu0o

Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on March 01, 2019, 01:49:17 pm
Nice vid  :thumleft:
Looks like it was a good trip.  ;D
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: neil-ph on April 03, 2019, 09:24:25 am
I took my DJI Spark along and managed to put this video together;

https://youtu.be/3goJdajWu0o

Now I miss my 640 !! Great video.
Title: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: BossPierreLombard on August 23, 2019, 11:04:08 pm
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Prep is under way for me to be able to eventually do an oil change:/

First the the manual..
Then get the tools + parts.
Then get backup
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Mpandla on August 26, 2019, 07:09:43 am
Is it just me.. but why does the wheel look so skew on the bike in the background?
Title: Re: My first Adventure bike - 2007 KTM 640 Adventure
Post by: Dolf on October 09, 2019, 04:12:01 pm
i still want one of these!  i find them so pretty!  can you ride it using low down torque if it has any or does one have to keep the motor spinning?

Low down torque is good but nowhere near a KLR or XRL.