Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 => Topic started by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 10:13:02 am

Title: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 10:13:02 am
So it seems KTM is performing a social experiment.

They know it will sell well in SA, and in a few other countries. They already spent the $$ in developing it, and they have the means to produce and sell it easily. They would be the first to produce a potent adventure bike weighing in at less than 140 kg, and with excellent suspension. Why would it not sell??

The only reason I can think of for them not producing it, is because they are sadists of the worst kind. Getting high on watching people go mad in anticipation. The seats they produce is another case in point.

I just couldn't take it any longer, and decided to build my own. I've found a bike I'm gonna buy, and decided on the Rally Raid Kit, which is basically an adaptation of the 990 fairing. The stainless steel Touratech pannier racks will do luggage duty, while a better seat still has to be decided on.

Something like this:
(http://www.advrider.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=247502&stc=1&d=1296552215)

Has anybody else here done it? How good is the Cox Special, and the Pro Action jobbie?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Clockwork Orange on March 07, 2011, 10:23:23 am
Drool slobber slobber :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 07, 2011, 10:27:05 am
I'm busy doing the same thing at the moment after changing from the Adventure 990. Decided on the Omega unit (Pro Action) primarily cause it's local, established and hopefully provide better long term support. This and the fact that they are currently fitted by KTM dealers while not affecting warranty etc. I spoke to Alfie Cox about their unit and it seems a very nice piece of kit too.

My thinking is that IF the new adventure launches late in 2012 (that's the last I heard), I will let it run another year by which time major niggles have been sorted and/or 2nd hand units become available. That leaves me close on 3 years to enjoy the current bike. If it is working for me I keep it ... if not then the option is there for an adventure later on.

From the research I have done the major obstacles for the 690 Enduro R as an adventure bike are wind/elements protection on long rides, fuel range and that little thing they pretend to call a seat. The rally kit will address the first 2 and I am going to have my seat done custom.

I love the bike currently and think this will suit me perfectly for my needs,particularly as I don't do pillion. I'll add in the GiantLoop soft luggage and that's going to be it for me.


Now just have to come up with nice graphic scheme  :mwink:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 10:36:52 am
I have emailed Gutsracing and asked them if they would add an inch of foam to their seat. I have used their seats on plastic bikes, and they are really comfy.
(http://www.gutsracing.com/images/ktm_Image/KTM_Pics/737_33_SeatSide2.jpg)
(http://www.gutsracing.com/images/ktm_Image/KTM_Pics/737_RearView200.jpg)

You interested?

http://www.gutsracing.com/pages/ktm737.html

What does the Pro Action kit cost?

Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: the_wes on March 07, 2011, 10:39:32 am
Personally, I am not a fan of the 990 adapted fairing - it just looks oversized to me, but that could be my taste. I would also be concerned about it being too big or heavy, but again, that fear is based purely on perception, I haven't had any experience with it myself... and i must admit, that's also based on earlier models i've seen - the one in your original pic looks much better balanced, and truly droolworthy  :drif:

Though it may not be the most "rallye" looking setup out there, from a practicality and cost point of view, personally I would do the following to a 690 to "adventurise" it:
- RV aqualine safari tank - http://www.justgastanks.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_17_371&products_id=1049
- Lynx fairing (better lighting, wind protection and space to mount dash and GPS) - http://www.britanniacomposites.com/lynx.html
- new seat, or DIY overhaul (like the GUTs option!)
- subframe re-inforcement if necessary

yeah, not the prettiest option, but it should work well. unless you are planning to mount a GPS, speedo, roadbook, and a bunch of other rally gadgets, you might be paying for a lot of stuff you don't need.

just my unsolicited 2c  :ricky: :peepwall:

Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 07, 2011, 10:45:56 am
Thanks Avontier ... that looks a viable option. Glad to see they made it wider and not just foam compound. Width, or lack of, is the killer on the current seat. After 200km I feel like I've been violated  :imaposer:

The rally kits are all in the same region from the homework I've done ... and very $$$. The ProAction one is R28K, but I know that if you buy it with the 690 it comes down to R23K. It is one of those close your eyes, do it, and forget about it decisions I think. Not too sure it the numbers will make sense in the short term at least. We'll see what cost the new adventure comes in at and maybe feel better then, although I'm sure that it will be a better machine all round  ;)

Kak en betaal .. kak en betaal ....  :P
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: the_wes on March 07, 2011, 10:51:31 am
The ProAction one is R28K, but I know that if you buy it with the 690 it comes down to R23K.

the lynx / safari tank combo will cost roughly R10k - R12k  :eek7: but like i said - it's not a "proper" Rally kit (which the pro-action setup presumably is)
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Mark Hardy on March 07, 2011, 10:54:07 am
I am so staying out of this thread.... ;D
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 11:07:49 am
Thanks Wes, I'll check them out. This December I've seen the RR version as described above, and took it for a spin. It is absolutely stunning  :drif:


And it handles like is a plastic bike!!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: the_wes on March 07, 2011, 11:09:19 am
Thanks Wes, I'll check them out. This December I've seen the RR version as described above, and took it for a spin. It is absolutely stunning  :drif:


And it handles like is a plastic bike!!

in that case, turns out i WAS wrong about the extra weight upfront  :thumleft:

The big advantage of course with the setup you posted VS the lynx is that (I assume) it's frame mounted, where the lynx is fork-mounted...
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Kenisis on March 07, 2011, 11:19:51 am
http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/store/KTM-690-Enduro-R-SMC/Adventure-Fairing-Kit/KTM-690-Adventure-Fairing-Kit


If you want. I bought my Road book from these guys, They seem to know what they are doing!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 11:26:51 am
It is frame mounted, with a really sturdy billet allu-alloy skeleton. The tanks are 5l each, made from plastic, and supposedly more resilient and less prone to cracks or fatigue than composite materials.

The Lynx-Safari tank option is probably the more sensible option. Cheaper, lighter and tougher. Unfortunately it is butt ugly, and makes my tolleman collapse at the base.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 07, 2011, 11:30:12 am
http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/store/KTM-690-Enduro-R-SMC/Adventure-Fairing-Kit/KTM-690-Adventure-Fairing-Kit


If you want. I bought my Road book from these guys, They seem to know what they are doing!

That's the one  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Runner on March 07, 2011, 08:11:10 pm
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=57769.0
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 25, 2011, 12:59:11 am
I received my bike (BIG thanks to Stofstreep!), and most of the mod parts. I have started fitting, and it is quite a job! Will post some pics after the weekend.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 26, 2011, 11:10:07 am
Hi,

I have finally had the Omega/ProAction/Local kit fitted and thought I'd post result here with some observations.

I have found it to be much more stable/solid than I anticipated after seeing it in detached parts. The difference when travelling at higher speeds is huge for me (at 6') i.r.o of wind protection. It also appears that the bike is marginally more stable at higher speeds too, but this could be subjective  :eek7:
The only 'criticism' I'd have is that a dash cover of sorts is not supplied i.e. your odo meter is moved up to dash and all that, but completely open behind that, so wiring/cable fairly exposed. I don't think it is an issue necessarily, but a dash panel of sorts would look better and allow opportunity to fit out gizmo's and outlets. Not a biggie, will do something myself in this regard shortly.

All in all very happy with the setup  :thumleft: Just thought I'd drop my 2c if it can help someone else.

Still need to sort the seat, although my butt is getting used to being violated it seems ... it's not bothering as much anymore. Although I'm sure a long day riding will be a killer still, so going to get it done.


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l629/ajpc6996/KTM%20690%20E%20Bash/DSC01557_Large.jpg)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l629/ajpc6996/KTM%20690%20E%20Bash/DSC01803_Large.jpg)
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on March 26, 2011, 11:30:18 am
I personally don't see the point of any of this, you buy a bike due to light weight and good power and then add a whole lot of weight again.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 26, 2011, 11:36:22 am
It's still way lighter and faster than an XT.  ;)
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on March 26, 2011, 11:42:37 am
Indeed, but I haven't found one yet that keeps up with my Husqvarna 610 
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 26, 2011, 12:51:03 pm
Hi RR,

I do see the point you're making and went through a similar thought process first. The weight gain is relaively insignificant and for someone that is not trying to ride technical / enduro to the extreme I believe not an issue. Like all things guess it depends on what application is for and orientation of the rider. I wanted a bike that could do more adventure / DS riding but at the same time had good suspension and reduced weight over the previous 990 I had. For me I achieved that with what I now have,  but naturally it will differ from person to person. I guess in a perfect world more than one bike is the way to go perhaps, but feel that now I have a machine that can relatively easily cover the distances for touring Iwithout having to stress about fuel range the whole way), but still handle the rougher terrain when required.

In the end I guess people pay to make things the way that makes sense for them, but not necessarily sense for all  :D
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Poenjas on March 26, 2011, 12:52:29 pm
Some day, one day... hopefully not in the too far future..   :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on March 26, 2011, 12:56:02 pm
It's still way lighter and faster than an XT.  ;)

Besides nothing wrong with the XT, took this video in Parklands about a year ago, stayed ahead of the XR650R all day. I had the set-up on the camera a little low that day unfortunately.


http://www.youtube.com/v/dP-ezw3AvP8
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on March 26, 2011, 01:05:13 pm
Hi RR,

I do see the point you're making and went through a similar thought process first. The weight gain is relaively insignificant and for someone that is not trying to ride technical / enduro to the extreme I believe not an issue. Like all things guess it depends on what application is for and orientation of the rider. I wanted a bike that could do more adventure / DS riding but at the same time had good suspension and reduced weight over the previous 990 I had. For me I achieved that with what I now have,  but naturally it will differ from person to person. I guess in a perfect world more than one bike is the way to go perhaps, but feel that now I have a machine that can relatively easily cover the distances for touring Iwithout having to stress about fuel range the whole way), but still handle the rougher terrain when required.


In the end I guess people pay to make things the way that makes sense for them, but not necessarily sense for all  :D

Hi DS,

You have a good point, I on the other hand enjoy it when it gets more technical and extreme and try to stay off the tar as much as possible, so my bike in its standard form is perfect for me.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 26, 2011, 01:16:31 pm
I meant even touring back gravel roads and long gravel streched like South Namibia etc.
Besides you're an experienced 'racer' and ride fast as you can ... so light is good  :mwink: I ride more 'rustig' so the top end I lose is irrelevant to me ... and certainly my skill level  :imaposer:

Like I say ... we need many bikes  :ricky:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on March 26, 2011, 01:26:18 pm
I meant even touring back gravel roads and long gravel streched like South Namibia etc.
Besides you're an experienced 'racer' and ride fast as you can ... so light is good  :mwink: I ride more 'rustig' so the top end I lose is irrelevant to me ... and certainly my skill level  :imaposer:

Like I say ... we need many bikes  :ricky:

You mean like this, I have 5 bikes one for most occasions, even a cruiser  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC01972.jpg)
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: GJ on March 26, 2011, 08:50:21 pm
Indeed, but I haven't found one yet that keeps up with my Husqvarna 610 

Ek ry nog 'n standaard 690 R, so, noem net die plek en ek kom wys jou hy is vinniger as 'n Husqvarna 610. :pot:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: pap snoek on March 27, 2011, 07:00:19 pm
Hey that sounds like a challange.How about Cape Town to Windhoek :biggrin:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Gérrard on March 27, 2011, 07:04:14 pm
Whooo! Down boys. I dont have one, so to me those are all great bikes, especially in the rallye dress.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: pap snoek on March 27, 2011, 07:38:48 pm
This won't be news to anyone but the 690 is an ENDURO and that is what it will be best at.I've been down this road and all i can say is think carefully about the route you are going.Don't be blinded by the Dakar bling image.Sit down with a piece of paper and count the cost of the bike and all the upgrades it is going to cost to make it an adventure bike.In the end you will lose loads of cash when you realize it can't be an adventure bike.While the power of the engine is not bad,take the bike up to 170km/h for long stretches and you WILL have some balls in your throat moments.It is not stable at high speeds.You can throw all the money in the world but you will still have a frame that cant carry much luggage(read on advrider how many frames have cracked)and a completely sh$t FI system.If enduro is what you are doing great but any touring i would advise against the build.I have also yet to see a 690 with even 40000km that hasn't had a engine or gearbox problem.If you want to tour get a tenere,640,950,990,bmw etc etc.Read the now over 1200 pages on advrider about the bike.It might change your mind.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: 777 on March 28, 2011, 08:09:07 am
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Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 28, 2011, 12:04:01 pm
I've had a 640, a 990 (briefly  :-[), and a 990 R.

I have a 300 with which I race enduros. I don't commute by bike, thus I'm not too worried about 40k on the odo. When biking, I also don't like long stretches of beautifully maintained tar or dirt roads. I have a car for those.

What gets my juices flowing,  is the more remote, challenging trails where you have to explore and navigate your way through places most can't/wouldn't want to go. Long connecting roads are unfortunately inevitable, I know.

What I wanted in order of preference, mostly:

Light and nimble handling,
fris suspension,
Powerful engine,
reliability,
140 km/h sustained travel
range of 400km,
multi-day comfort,
luggage
 

Other bikes (in my own very biased view):
XT 660 Z and R - Nice bike. Kak suspension, boring engine, overweight.
1200, 990, 800's - Great bikes. Overweight
XR650 R- discontinued, otherwise a good option.
other 650's. also nice bikes, but a little low on performance and high on weight. Maak my nie jags nie.

The day I start buying/riding bikes while giving most of my consideration to sound advice and good reason, as opposed to my emotions, is the day I'll realise that it is better not to have a bike at all.

Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: pap snoek on March 28, 2011, 12:17:29 pm
Funny i used to feel exactly the same as you.Until i had a 690 that is.I also owned the same bikes as you(except had the 950 not 990).At the end of the day you still want something that is even semi reliable.
I also think the power is a bit over rated.The dyno figures between my 690 and 660z are very close.
Just out of interrest how many km you got on that 690 now?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 28, 2011, 12:30:05 pm
Still new.
I'm sure if you add 50kg to the 690, it would also feel more like the Z, as your dyno results suggest.

I agree on reliability though. 2 years on KTM warranty to see how it goes? Or is it less on the 690?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: kwagga-sakkie on March 28, 2011, 12:50:06 pm
Hey guys,I like the thread. I'm with Avontier,and share his emotions. We ride together. I have had the same bikes. I recently bought a 690 r as well. I'm going with the Lynx fairing. I've heard from several riders that it is very practical,especially when you do the more technical stuff. The nice thing about it is to raise the windshield when you need to transfer.I've also gone with the safari tank.Last night I've ordered a custom renazco seat from USA. This looks like an awesome piece of equipment. Any opinions?I will also go with the touratech Luggage frames with Kaoko soft bags.
Well PS,It is very interesting what you say. We will have to experience it first hand,but,currently, we have the itch.
I often wonder what business we have to buy a bike that doesnt have anything going for it. No lights,no,tank,no seat,no frame,nothing.Is the engine so good? Tell me !!Lets keep this informative to all us newcomers to a 690!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: africanSky on March 28, 2011, 01:37:37 pm
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Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on March 29, 2011, 06:23:46 pm
Still early days, but I'm really chuffed with the bike and the mods.  :ricky: It's one thrilling bike!  >:D

The weight on the front definitely makes it more stable at higher speeds, on tar and gravel.

Absolutely no regrets! (yet)
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Roadkill on March 29, 2011, 08:48:57 pm
Hey Guys , I am also with Avontier , Ive had my 690E for 6 months and all I can think about is getting on my katoom and riding the hell out of it all day long. What i enjoy is  fast twisty offroad / challenging technical stuff . As far as mods go im busy fabricating my own bash plate and front screen , based on the flatland & touratech respectively with my own flavour of coarse. Ive ordered the FMF Apex and Tidy Tail from KTM twins , i cant wait for them to arive . I dont have a problem with the seat , the first month or two it was a bit harsh , but im used to it now and to be honest i dont ride boring routes so i never get time to worry if my arse is sore... unless of coarse i see my arse !  :D
If everybody was the same and liked the same things , wouldnt this world be kak boring ?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: kwagga-sakkie on March 29, 2011, 09:42:38 pm
Hi Roadkill. Do you think if one does 2- 300km transfer sections on road the seat will eat you? It looks terrible, We also have ordered the FMF pipe. Why did you choose a FMF?
Looking forward to travel with it. We're planning a ride from Limpopo via the Botswana border,all the way to the orange river,the pella 4x4 route,Richtersveld and down the westcoast to Jacobsbaai,and maybe the sederberge. Sort of a reverse of what we did in 2009.I'm sure we will have a better opinion after that. OOp- pinion that is,because of the seat!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on March 29, 2011, 09:52:33 pm
Hey Guys , I am also with Avontier , Ive had my 690E for 6 months and all I can think about is getting on my katoom and riding the hell out of it all day long. What i enjoy is  fast twisty offroad / challenging technical stuff . As far as mods go im busy fabricating my own bash plate and front screen , based on the flatland & touratech respectively with my own flavour of coarse. Ive ordered the FMF Apex and Tidy Tail from KTM twins , i cant wait for them to arive . I dont have a problem with the seat , the first month or two it was a bit harsh , but im used to it now and to be honest i dont ride boring routes so i never get time to worry if my arse is sore... unless of coarse i see my arse !  :D
If everybody was the same and liked the same things , wouldnt this world be kak boring ?

 :thumleft:

Mine had the FMF on when I got it and besides weight difference and sound, the difference in heat is beyond description. I can ride for an hour, and still keep my hand to it ! .. Excellent for soft luggage and peace of mind  with far lower fire risk.

Absolutely loving the 690 !
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: lonewolf on July 14, 2011, 09:07:27 am
Indeed, but I haven't found one yet that keeps up with my Husqvarna 610 
(http://i958.photobucket.com/albums/ae67/robfischer/IMG_2579.jpg)
I'll give it a try
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rough Rider on July 14, 2011, 09:17:45 am
Indeed, but I haven't found one yet that keeps up with my Husqvarna 610 
(http://i958.photobucket.com/albums/ae67/robfischer/IMG_2579.jpg)
I'll give it a try

Ok; but I choose the route  >:D
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Huggels on July 26, 2011, 02:27:32 pm
Interms of luggage what are you looking at?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on July 26, 2011, 02:42:09 pm
I fitted my 640's panniers on frames similar to the Touratech frames (that were out of stock globally). A friend in Ellisras made them and kept the templates, but then sadly died in a Hilux/gravel road accident recently.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on July 26, 2011, 02:44:56 pm
Oh, and I used a Kappa tank bag, and a Bags Connection Cargo bag at the back. Loads of space.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Huggels on July 29, 2011, 06:15:53 pm
Thanks! Sorry to here about your friend
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: See Duiwel on July 29, 2011, 06:44:51 pm
Hey Guys , I am also with Avontier , Ive had my 690E for 6 months and all I can think about is getting on my katoom and riding the hell out of it all day long. What i enjoy is  fast twisty offroad / challenging technical stuff . As far as mods go im busy fabricating my own bash plate and front screen , based on the flatland & touratech respectively with my own flavour of coarse. Ive ordered the FMF Apex and Tidy Tail from KTM twins , i cant wait for them to arive . I dont have a problem with the seat , the first month or two it was a bit harsh , but im used to it now and to be honest i dont ride boring routes so i never get time to worry if my arse is sore... unless of coarse i see my arse !  :D
If everybody was the same and liked the same things , wouldnt this world be kak boring ?
Jis Ou
Hel maar ek like die 690! Jy moet se as jy weer gaan ry, ek sal graag wil saam net om te sien/hoor hoe jou bike lyk!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Nimmo on July 29, 2011, 07:41:01 pm
What engine does the 690 have LC4?

Also what kilo's can you expect to get from it?

My GS mind is moving to Orange.......  :pot:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on August 05, 2011, 10:41:50 am
What engine does the 690 have LC4?

Also what kilo's can you expect to get from it?

My GS mind is moving to Orange.......  :pot:

It's actually 653,7cc. It is a totally different motor to the old 640. Way way smoother and more powerful. The jury is still out regarding reliability, but performance and handling is a resounding -fok ja!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: See Duiwel on August 09, 2011, 08:47:58 am
I meant even touring back gravel roads and long gravel streched like South Namibia etc.
Besides you're an experienced 'racer' and ride fast as you can ... so light is good  :mwink: I ride more 'rustig' so the top end I lose is irrelevant to me ... and certainly my skill level  :imaposer:

Like I say ... we need many bikes  :ricky:

You mean like this, I have 5 bikes one for most occasions, even a cruiser  ;D

(http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/Jake_KXF/DSC01972.jpg)

Ou Bragger!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: PEET WEET on August 09, 2011, 10:19:50 am
ISH baas hys n mooi klomp stoetoes daar bymakaar !!

Oom Seeduiwel ek sien jys ook een van die manne wat nie gepla is oor n sekere `brands` nie,ek sien wel n huskie daar jy seker ook nie gepla oor vrouens dan nie............ :pot: :pot: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: DrDirty on September 26, 2011, 02:34:11 pm
Cool thread.

Has anyone here bought and fitted the Britannia Composites (Lynx) fairing? Any pics? What did it cost to ship?

It doesn't have the bling factor of the rallye fairings but looks like it'd be pretty practical. What opinions?

Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Adventurer on September 26, 2011, 02:41:06 pm
I'm collecting a 690 Adv tomorrow, will have it for a week..... :drif:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on September 26, 2011, 02:42:53 pm
It works really well. More practical and cheaper than the other fairing kits. But not better looking :mwink:
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on September 26, 2011, 02:44:34 pm
DrDirty, please check you PM!
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: 777 on September 27, 2011, 07:16:22 am
Cool thread.

Has anyone here bought and fitted the Britannia Composites (Lynx) fairing? Any pics? What did it cost to ship?

It doesn't have the bling factor of the rallye fairings but looks like it'd be pretty practical. What opinions?


That Lynx looks very practical, any idea on landed price?
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Desert Snoek on September 27, 2011, 10:21:54 am
On the baggage side, I gave the Great Basin Coyote kit a good run this weekend over most combinations of terrain and even high speed tar .... works fantastically well  :thumleft:
Never felt it there or that it was a hinderance of any sort. Sat like 'kak op 'n kombers' behind the bike  :ricky:

Really is a good kit for the 690
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on May 08, 2015, 01:20:44 pm
It's been more than four years since I bought and modified the bike, with a lot of questions answered in the meantime. I suppose a review / reflection on the bike is in order.

In short- I love this bike. It is an emotional bond. Probably because of the life changing places/experiences associated with the bike.

This bike took me through the Karoo, Kalahari, Cape, Mozambique, Namibia, Richtersveld, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, and more. I have not checked the odo recently, but I think it has done around 20kkm of actual adventure trips. No commuting.

It has never left me stranded, although I had to do some work on the coil wiring a few times, it being overstretched after relocation of the rectifier when adding the extra tanks.

Many of the km's were on remote tough terrain, and a lot of it at a serious pace with other like-minded ex plastic bikers.

The bike is mechanically as sound as the day of its birth, and I am in no hurry to replace it. When the time comes though, I will probably just move it to a pedestal in my garage.
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Rooi Wolf on May 09, 2015, 07:49:17 am
Lekker man Avontier. Dis goed om sulke terugvoer te kry.

Ek het jou vriend Schalk se fiets gekoop so paar weke terug en hoop om self sommer klomp myle by te sit al op die agterpaaie..
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: Avontier on May 10, 2015, 03:06:46 pm
Geniet hom Rooi Wolf! Ek het baie km saam met jou bike gery
Title: Re: 690 Adventure R
Post by: SchalkL on June 14, 2015, 02:31:32 pm
Waar was die geneem? LOVE IT !

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=66234.0;attach=415875;image)
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Post by: Avontier on June 16, 2015, 03:00:02 pm
Gamkab. 'n droëloop tussen Ai-Ais en die Oranjerivier.

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