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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 => Topic started by: Road Hog on May 22, 2011, 12:17:33 pm

Title: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Road Hog on May 22, 2011, 12:17:33 pm
Why would anyone buy a KTM 690 Enduro as a DS bike.......?
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: dirtWarp on May 22, 2011, 05:52:59 pm
Makes quite a bit more power than any other single.
Best suspension
Good condition bikes available 2nd hand
Holds their value quite well
Don't battle like a Husky owner to sell it
Lots of aftermarket stuff available at your local dealer

Cons:
EFI in Africa can be an issue at times.
I think is heavier than the XR650R
Need to spend a lot of money to make it look sweet
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: SheBangGu on May 22, 2011, 09:34:44 pm
Because it very leka and nimble in traffic, but awesome on the gravel!!!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: MildDog on May 22, 2011, 09:44:49 pm
Because it's awesome. Lotsa power. 6 gears. Comfortable ride (compared to a DRZ).
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Oros on May 22, 2011, 10:17:08 pm
because it's better than an Africa Twin as a DS bike
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: N[]vA on May 22, 2011, 11:02:07 pm
Serious power on a light bike that does amazing fuel economy and has the best suspension setup stock.

Amazing bikes.

Add a screen and re pad the seat and you are styling
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: h/hh on May 23, 2011, 06:40:34 am
Because ...  I can.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: terminator1 on May 23, 2011, 06:43:51 am
because it's about the funnest bike ever made  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on May 23, 2011, 07:38:31 am
Everything already said above. We did a lekker rowwe trip of more than 2000km richtersveld, Ai Ais Molopo, with among others three adventurised 690's. All 3 were excellent to say the least. I'm madly in love!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: BV on May 23, 2011, 04:07:22 pm
Why the question?
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: ALLAWYN on May 23, 2011, 04:13:27 pm
I had a 950 SE and the 690R, sold the 950 SE and starting to bond with my 690 only now. I live in the mountains in Tzaneen and most of my riding terrain is in plantation's, twee spoor paadjie and single track. It behaves like a speel fiets, plastic bike but you can ride it on tar as well. Sometimes in the forrest I have to manhandle my bike and it is so much easier because of the weight. I am going to buy a 990R also but not going to sell my 690.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: SheBangGu on May 23, 2011, 04:14:03 pm
Whats your problem with the bike? ... Or your an undercover Darkside supporter, hehe
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: dirtWarp on May 23, 2011, 05:50:03 pm
I had a 950 SE and the 690R, sold the 950 SE and starting to bond with my 690 only now. I live in the mountains in Tzaneen and most of my riding terrain is in plantation's, twee spoor paadjie and single track. It behaves like a speel fiets, plastic bike but you can ride it on tar as well. Sometimes in the forrest I have to manhandle my bike and it is so much easier because of the weight. I am going to buy a 990R also but not going to sell my 690.
jy kort 'n 530exc
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Roadcat on July 01, 2011, 09:51:41 pm
Because it has the grin factor like no other bike I've ever owned or ridden and that has to be the most important reason.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: dirtWarp on July 11, 2011, 09:34:32 pm
Want hy laat alles anders soos pissies lyk.
 
Veral die Husky TE610  :pot:
(http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/200801/2008-ktm-690-smc-3w.jpg)



Nou gaan die Husky owners kom se dat die dyno chart verkeerd moet wees, of dat ek moet ophou om hulle bikes af te rip.. maar ek geniet dit so baie!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: PEET WEET on July 11, 2011, 11:07:51 pm
 :pot: Kap hulle DW ! Kap hulle. Jheeehaaaa
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: terminator1 on July 12, 2011, 06:32:39 am
Want hy laat alles anders soos pissies lyk.
 
Veral die Husky TE610  :pot:
(http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/200801/2008-ktm-690-smc-3w.jpg)



Nou gaan die Husky owners kom se dat die dyno chart verkeerd moet wees, of dat ek moet ophou om hulle bikes af te rip.. maar ek geniet dit so baie!

Jeez, the 690 is SO far above anything else out there. It's in a different universe.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: GG on July 12, 2011, 12:10:48 pm
I got a second hand 690 e from someone on this forum. I first rode a 950 se and it was ok, but OMG the 690 nearly ripped my hands off.  Its FLIPPING SO COOL - light as hell (esp compared to the GSA) and incredibly powerful!  If there was an adventure 690 it would be the best bike in the universe!  Just came back from Kubu with the 690 ... fuel and windscreen a problem, seat hard but liveable. GET ONE ...  Forget a 990 this is real grin factor!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Splash on July 12, 2011, 03:16:12 pm
The most legal fun one can have on two wheels on and off the road - bad enough for the Dakar Rallye (rallye bike produce double the 690 enduro's power) to ban them. Enough said.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: africanSky on July 12, 2011, 05:27:23 pm
 :mwink:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: PEET WEET on July 12, 2011, 05:46:07 pm
Wow what a pic !!! 690R on that sand with that sunset !!!!! One word. AMAZING !!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: africanSky on July 13, 2011, 10:20:09 am
Thanks PW, the phot was from a recent trip through Botswana and the Caprivi of around 3500km and the bike was amazing.

Ride report here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=72810.0

Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: africanSky on July 13, 2011, 10:25:05 am
Another photo
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: LONG BOB on August 15, 2011, 08:35:37 am
Help me make up my mind, currently ridding a 800gs, lots of daily rides on tar . Luv the dirt though. Can the 690 be made comfortable for tar riding and how reliable is the motor.? Can she cruise comfortably at 120 or is she like the old 450 and reach the speeds but not cruise ? what she feel like on open roads with winds etc.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Nimmo on August 15, 2011, 09:53:37 am
Help me make up my mind, currently ridding a 800gs, lots of daily rides on tar . Luv the dirt though. Can the 690 be made comfortable for tar riding and how reliable is the motor.? Can she cruise comfortably at 120 or is she like the old 450 and reach the speeds but not cruise ? what she feel like on open roads with winds etc.

+1 - subscribe OR wait for the 800/850?
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on August 15, 2011, 10:10:54 am
My SE is getting old and I know the only alternative is the 690R, but if I go on a long tour I really enjoy the extra power and the wide seat (that seams to last 10 times longer than 690R seat).  Also several electrical issues with 690 that they still have to sort out.

Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: dirtWarp on August 17, 2011, 12:03:20 am
My SE is getting old and I know the only alternative is the 690R, but if I go on a long tour I really enjoy the extra power and the wide seat (that seams to last 10 times longer than 690R seat).  Also several electrical issues with 690 that they still have to sort out.


Get another SE :thumleft:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: PEET WEET on August 17, 2011, 07:00:34 pm
My SE is getting old and I know the only alternative is the 690R, but if I go on a long tour I really enjoy the extra power and the wide seat (that seams to last 10 times longer than 690R seat).  Also several electrical issues with 690 that they still have to sort out.



What electrical issues ?
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on August 17, 2011, 09:57:04 pm
Mine's coil packed up two weeks ago  :-\
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on August 18, 2011, 09:51:00 am
Check the wiring going to the coil as well, wires seem to go loose at the connectors on the coil.  Already happened to three of my 690 friends.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: PEET WEET on August 18, 2011, 10:29:15 am
FAAAARK !!!  :eek7: Did you  guys get warranty claims at KTM ? And would you say its at a certain km old bikes or not  :patch:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on August 18, 2011, 10:32:36 am
FAAAARK !!!  :eek7: Did you  guys get warranty claims at KTM ? And would you say its at a certain km old bikes or not  :patch:

All below 1000km, just a bad wire conection, repair in velt, but a hastle to get long range tanks off etc.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: PEET WEET on August 18, 2011, 10:38:39 am
Shit !!! Seems to be a hell off a lot off niggles with these KTM`S these days,specially the 690`s and the 530`s oil/smoking issue. THANKS  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on August 18, 2011, 10:39:25 am
I will have a look at it tonight! I'm still waiting for a coil to come from Austria, under warranty. Where exactly is the most common fault there?
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on August 18, 2011, 10:49:42 am
I will have a look at it tonight! I'm still waiting for a coil to come from Austria, under warranty. Where exactly is the most common fault there?

The coil's two wires are connected with two push-on connectors.  These wires on these connectors come loose (just crimped).  But this is not the only place the wires seem to have bad connection, just go through entire harnass, solder down .
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on August 18, 2011, 11:52:53 am
Will do so, thanks!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Desert Snoek on August 18, 2011, 04:27:28 pm
Thanks for the electrical heads up  :thumleft: Guess what I'm doing this weekend  :biggrin:
All bikes have some known niggles, but I've been ecstatic with the 690. Change the seat, and if you want get fairing etc. , and you're good to go.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on August 19, 2011, 11:55:11 pm
Check the wiring going to the coil as well, wires seem to go loose at the connectors on the coil.  Already happened to three of my 690 friends.
Fixed it! Exactly where you said. Soldered it down. Problem solved! I owe you a jaegerbomb
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Bill the Bong on August 21, 2011, 05:15:18 pm
[I owe you a jaegerbomb
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Don't threaten the dude, he was just trying to help :imaposer:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: chicco on August 21, 2011, 07:17:31 pm
Back to the Question....because your wife can also ride it.....
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on August 22, 2011, 07:55:43 am
Check the wiring going to the coil as well, wires seem to go loose at the connectors on the coil.  Already happened to three of my 690 friends.
Fixed it! Exactly where you said. Soldered it down. Problem solved! I owe you a jaegerbomb

Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Avontier on August 22, 2011, 08:52:15 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Rolling Stone on September 20, 2011, 08:12:30 pm
Back to the Question....because your wife can also ride it.....

Just got this one for the wife.
Somehow I dont think she is going to be riding it much. :ricky:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: subie on September 20, 2011, 08:36:38 pm
No doubt very nice desirable bikes.
Wonder what is the displacement ratio??
They all seem evenly matched in the "usable rev range" to me on the dyno unless you are running top speeds and most of your
riding is in the upper rev range. Usable as DS machine or more race orientated as they proclaim to be ??
Just my sixpence and no substance to it as I have never had the honour to even sit on such a "windhond".

subie  :ricky:
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: Rolling Stone on September 20, 2011, 09:32:55 pm
No doubt very nice desirable bikes.
Wonder what is the displacement ratio??
They all seem evenly matched in the "usable rev range" to me on the dyno unless you are running top speeds and most of your
riding is in the upper rev range. Usable as DS machine or more race orientated as they proclaim to be ??
Just my sixpence and no substance to it as I have never had the honour to even sit on such a "windhond".

subie  :ricky:
Must admit
after riding the HP for so long, this is the first other DS bike that I have ridden that excites me.
It wont replace the HP but I will have a lot more fun in the technical and tight stuff.
Feels and handles like a 400 DRZ  Suzuki but with much more legs.
You can't compare the Dakar and XT660 . They are in a different  cat all together.
Title: Re: Why a KTM690 Enduro......?
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on October 17, 2011, 12:17:27 pm
Wiring issue that we had on way to Pongola 500...

Indication: Ignition fuse blown (first fuse)

Problem: Hot connection inside the connector just below the ignition (remove the air box)

Solution: 950 SE tow in to auto electrician