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Offline SGB

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2008, 06:16:38 pm »
If it's not orange, its a lemon.

It's a proper thumper with all the good and bad that comes with it.
Not to worry about height, your feet go on the pegs.... And it has enough travel to soften the shock a bit if it is really too tall.
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2008, 10:03:42 am »
You either love it or hate it!

I am not the talles oke in town (5ft6) and manage with no problems. The vibes are not as bad as they all make out, sure it tickles along but its a thumper after all!

In the dirt its a different bike to any other, it handles what ever you thow at it and comes back for more. On the tar , its just great fun!!!!!

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2008, 12:59:13 pm »
Glad to hear you're enjoying it. ;D
 

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2008, 03:20:50 pm »
Glad to hear you're enjoying it. ;D

9/11 - on
How are you getting to grips with your new scoot? Kawa really has a good following.

the 640 is the most fun I have had since I was a pubescent teenager on holiday in Margate..... ;D Commuting with it has its limitations (top end 150kph), and the seat gets a little hard after 250km's. but its still well worth it.

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2008, 04:36:23 pm »
Brett i will.... one day when i can afford it.
 

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2008, 12:24:48 am »
fun fun fun.

Its not a downgrade no matter what bike you come from!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2008, 07:29:54 am »
i see KTM has these on promo now ,75k incl panniers...

tell me the horror stoires with the 640 , high servicing costs etc ,,,lay it out on the line with facts please.
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2008, 02:21:36 pm »
Nothing to tell.

What bike is cheap to service? The hard honest truth, you either like it or not. I love mine!!!!
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2008, 02:58:29 pm »
Nothing to tell.

What bike is cheap to service? The hard honest truth, you either like it or not. I love mine!!!!
Hi Brettp,just wanted to know how easy it is to do your own work on the bike...basic services and the likes?I m not completely useless,but not a mechanic either.And secondly you kinda pick up on people's comments about reliability,any real problems?I v read about various perceived issues..
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2008, 03:42:56 pm »
Nothing to tell.

What bike is cheap to service? The hard honest truth, you either like it or not. I love mine!!!!
Hi Brettp,just wanted to know how easy it is to do your own work on the bike...basic services and the likes?I m not completely useless,but not a mechanic either.And secondly you kinda pick up on people's comments about reliability,any real problems?I v read about various perceived issues..

Mungo, its easy to work on in general. Oil service is a little tricky (take mine to pro action for that) but general work is easy.
Size 8 socket undoes almost 80% of the bike...... Remember, its original design is for the likes of the Dakar rally, so its been thought through very well.
As for reliability - I am yet to have a problem.
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2008, 03:50:19 pm »
Why is the oil change tricky?
 

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2008, 06:50:43 pm »
I do the oil change with the computer next to me.

Here's why: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57107

Otherwise no problems to work on. Like all big KTM's though you need to remove the fairing and tank to get to the plug & carburettor. Practise makes it quick though. At the Rallye Raid I was able to strip the carb out and set the float level in something like 10-15 min.

On a side note, because of the vibration level of this bike I would recommend that you not buy one unless you have personally ridden one on tar for at least 80k's.

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2008, 09:54:01 pm »
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2008, 07:23:37 am »
I do the oil change with the computer next to me.

Here's why: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57107

Otherwise no problems to work on. Like all big KTM's though you need to remove the fairing and tank to get to the plug & carburettor. Practise makes it quick though. At the Rallye Raid I was able to strip the carb out and set the float level in something like 10-15 min.

On a side note, because of the vibration level of this bike I would recommend that you not buy one unless you have personally ridden one on tar for at least 80k's.

Thanks MJ, gees that oil change is hairy as oil changes go ..

what is a comfortable cruising speed with these on tar?

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2008, 08:05:49 am »
Generaal, Kaptein wil weet hoekom jy die vraag gevra het?
 

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2008, 09:07:26 am »
Money cannot compare to the fun of riding a "good" bike. How much one is prepared to pay is an individuals choice. I have enjoyed every kilometer on my 640 Adv. Seemed to be to be the best compromise between cost and performance to me. It is not a cheap bike and running it will not get any less. I just hope I do not seriously damage it. It has a lot of very expensive plastic on it.
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2008, 09:15:00 am »
I like thumpers... and the 640 Adv looks the business. Would like to take one over a coupla km's for a test run.
 

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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2008, 01:11:07 pm »
I like thumpers... and the 640 Adv looks the business. Would like to take one over a coupla km's for a test run.

Good idea. Remember what bike it is and what is was intended for. After 200km, your "BUTT" will be the one to remind you, trust me...... ;D ;)
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2008, 01:19:27 pm »
What are the service intervals on the 640?
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Re: Opinion on KTM 640!?!
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2008, 02:01:00 pm »
Being a single cyclinder engine, I am told they have to be looked at a little sooner, therefore a 640 has a 5000km service interval. It is sort of a "performance" bike - I guess one is really paying for its "ready to race" marketing slogan.
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