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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 => Topic started by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 07:02:55 am

Title: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 07:02:55 am
bSo I have sold my wifeís bike and now Iím in the market for a 690

I need some true life information. Are the 2009-2011 really as bad as they say? Iíve been told they vibrate more, not a true 690cc and have endless trouble with throttle bodies, stalling and breaking down. Can this be fixed? If so at what cost.

Iíve also been told to stay away from anything older than a 2014 690, unfortunately these are a little out of my price range.

Is the 2012-2013 the one to go for then with the updated motor and throttle issues possibly still there, but better?

I would like to spend 65-70, but if the right bike came along at 75k I would try make a plan.

I donít want all the rally fairings ect, I prefer the more ďdirt bikeĒ look. They also add 20-40k on top of the price.

Take it away dogs, letís hear it   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 11:36:32 am
Anyone?  :peepwall:

I have read through most of the threads in the 690 section, but canít find any info on this.
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: Omninorm on August 20, 2018, 12:01:44 pm
Weíll if the rocker arms etc has been replaced I guess the 2012-2013 should be ok but personally Iíd go 2014 and up.
Fantastic bikes  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: Bushcat on August 20, 2018, 12:08:09 pm
i got the 2010, no issues, done the Rocker arm story, all other niggles sorted, lovely bike.
just stripped mine down to basic original after running the Rallye Raid Kit. Awesome bike.
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: Bommelina on August 20, 2018, 12:22:04 pm
I have a 690R 2010 model with nearly 78000 on it. Use it on a daily basis. Great little machine, buy it and enjoy.

The attached doc file (KTM Facts.docx) may give you an idea what to expect.
(OK I must say I'm an old toppie who's days of racing, to be windgat to impress the girls is over but still ride the bike on a near daily basis. That is why the tire and chain consumption is so low)

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Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: BuRP on August 20, 2018, 01:04:45 pm
I'm an old toppie .... be windgat to impress the girls is over

I suppose I'm also getting close to being called an "old toppie", but lemmetellyou I hope I'll never get as old as you are!  :imaposer:
I still wheelie at some robots, so there's hope still  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 01:24:09 pm
Thanks guys, Iím not a toppie yet, but I feel like one  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: Dwerg on August 20, 2018, 02:48:07 pm
Iíve seen some guys ask a bit much for their bikes especially with a rally kit which is almost dead money. A mint low mileage 2014 should trade for 60-65 so 70-75 should buy you a nice example privately


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Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 03:41:48 pm
The problem is I canít find any. Found a really clean 2013 with 6500km on the clock, but the the minimum he will take is 78k

Loevince pipe, crash bars, Hyde protection and a ceramic coated front pipe
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners
Post by: adamktm on August 20, 2018, 04:24:23 pm
Found one, 26k on the clock for 76k

So 2014 with 26k km or 2013 with 6500km? Same farkles
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 24, 2018, 09:10:37 am
So I have bought a 690. It's a 2011 with 4900km on it. It still looks brand new. T-Man went to have a look at it for me and he said it was still a virgin  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 24, 2018, 09:13:10 am
Are those little KTM Powerparts screens that fit to the headlight shroud worth fitting?
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Thumper Dumper on August 24, 2018, 09:18:36 am
Congratulations and welcome to the 690 family.
The screen takes the wind off my chest but not my head. I'm about 6 foot tall.
It does work but its definitely not like sitting behind your Gold wing screen.
Cheers
Thumper.
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Buff on August 24, 2018, 10:52:54 am
Lekka Adam, that bike looks very clean still  :thumleft: Welcome to the 690 clan, now come race it at the Tankwa Rally  ;D :ricky:
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 24, 2018, 11:29:59 am
Thanks guys!

No racing for me for a while Buff, this is all about recreation.

What Tyres do you guys recommend for our terrain or are the new D606ís decent Tyres?
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Buff on August 24, 2018, 11:32:12 am
D606's are good, just very soft, you'll get around 3000km out of a rear, same with Pirelli MT21's. I've got a D908 on the rear, it's moer hard  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Amsterdam on August 24, 2018, 01:30:46 pm
Congrats.  And my mates who are in the know say the 2011 has the best suspension of all.

Tires - Motoz Desert H/T if you are planning to do a lot of dirt riding.  In my view the nicest one out there and it makes you ride sand as if you have done it your whole life.  Not overly noisy (much less than the 606).
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Omninorm on August 24, 2018, 01:42:16 pm
Are those little KTM Powerparts screens that fit to the headlight shroud worth fitting?
Congrats! looks like a nice specimen.

Re: Screen, If you are tall yes.  I'm 6ft as well and takes the wind of my chest and makes 120km/h pretty easy whereas before here by 105 you will start hating life.  having klean air on helmet in the face is great. I've done some pretty steep climbs and downhills and did a few jumps. Screen didn't get in the way.

I'm with Amsterdam on the Motoz back... the rear is probably the best knobbly that you can still use on the street I've ever had. Grips extremely well, sand is awesome with it, gravel is excellent.
The front - my verdict is still out. Sometimes I love how it behaves other times not. It's never let me down though. It's just got some odd characteristics. Like ...it's not gradual. It's got "areas" of grip, when it grips there it's EXCELLENT grip, but if you are inbetween the "areas" it feels vague or something. makes sense?
I think if I do so again I'll put Motoz rear with MT21/D606 front.



Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Amsterdam on August 24, 2018, 01:45:59 pm
Yes I know many who will use nothing but the MT21 front and I have seen some of those guys ride it really hard both on and offroad.
Title: Re: Need help! Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: miks on August 24, 2018, 04:18:45 pm
So I have bought a 690. It's a 2011 with 4900km on it. It still looks brand new. T-Man went to have a look at it for me and he said it was still a virgin  :imaposer:

Congrats!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 24, 2018, 09:46:41 pm
Thanks gents. I will wear out the d606 and then try the Motoz. Iíve always run mitas n the enduro bike. Are there duel sport stuff as good?
Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: Dwerg on August 24, 2018, 10:47:18 pm
Mitas E09 is good as far as more aggressive rears go. Hard to change in the bush though. D606 has been my pick for rear for most of the 35000kms my 690 has done. I use aggressive fronts. Dunlop AT81, Michelin AC10, Mitas C19. Last two are DOT. Front and rear combos give me about 3000kms per set


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Title: Re: Calling all 690 owners Bought One!!!!
Post by: adamktm on August 25, 2018, 06:40:31 am
Are those little KTM Powerparts screens that fit to the headlight shroud worth fitting?
Congrats! looks like a nice specimen.

Re: Screen, If you are tall yes.  I'm 6ft as well and takes the wind of my chest and makes 120km/h pretty easy whereas before here by 105 you will start hating life.  having klean air on helmet in the face is great. I've done some pretty steep climbs and downhills and did a few jumps. Screen didn't get in the way.

I'm with Amsterdam on the Motoz back... the rear is probably the best knobbly that you can still use on the street I've ever had. Grips extremely well, sand is awesome with it, gravel is excellent.
The front - my verdict is still out. Sometimes I love how it behaves other times not. It's never let me down though. It's just got some odd characteristics. Like ...it's not gradual. It's got "areas" of grip, when it grips there it's EXCELLENT grip, but if you are inbetween the "areas" it feels vague or something. makes sense?
I think if I do so again I'll put Motoz rear with MT21/D606 front.

I will get one of those screens on order on Monday. Appreciate all the info gents.