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Offline Omninorm

Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #120 on: October 21, 2017, 12:03:05 am »
Thanks XPat. That's perfect.
Definitely going the Wings route then and will use the quiet baffle.
It's a a bit of a travesty that my WR250F and 1200GS has more bark than the KTM690 at this point. I don't need loud I just don't need stealth mode. :)
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #121 on: October 22, 2017, 02:49:13 pm »
This thing should be illegal in traffic  :ricky:  :biggrin:
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #122 on: October 25, 2017, 10:39:40 am »
Took it on some gravel tracks yesterday. It's  :thumleft:
The stock tyres are a little squirrely over the gravel and loose stones. I also had them a bit hard so they are maybe a bit better than I am thinking they are now, but didnt want to air down since I had to still do quite a bit of tar twisties.
What would you suggest to replace the stock front tyre with? I think the rear is ok.
TKC80?


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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #123 on: October 25, 2017, 11:09:08 am »
Pirelli MT21 works great on the 690, I'll be going back to it after this sh!t Dunlop D908 is destroyed  :thumleft:
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #124 on: October 25, 2017, 01:21:49 pm »
Pirelli MT21 works great on the 690, I'll be going back to it after this sh!t Dunlop D908 is destroyed  :thumleft:

AH...yes! forgot about the MT21.  :thumleft:
Yeah I've had some Dunlops in my life and they were all shite.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #125 on: October 25, 2017, 01:23:24 pm »
Motoz Desert H/T.  Personally prefer this by a long way over the MT21.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #126 on: October 25, 2017, 01:41:50 pm »
Motoz Desert H/T.  Personally prefer this by a long way over the MT21.

Is that the "Tractionator"?
Where did you buy them?

These? They seem that they will be seriously bad on the way to the dirt.


Or These?

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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #127 on: October 25, 2017, 02:43:13 pm »
The top ones.  Flying Brick stocks them. They work amazingly well on the road too.  Managed to get 7000 kms out of the rear and not completely finished yet.  Front still good for 3000 kms.  They make you into a good sand rider without actually being one.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #128 on: October 26, 2017, 11:17:57 am »
My current combo. Michelin AC10 and Dunlop D606 rear. I like my tyres cheap  :biggrin:

Don't expect to get much more than 2500kms out of a set though
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #129 on: October 26, 2017, 11:27:50 am »
My current combo. Michelin AC10 and Dunlop D606 rear. I like my tyres cheap  :biggrin:

Don't expect to get much more than 2500kms out of a set though

I used the D606 rear before for the same reason.  I think that one is now about 60% of the price of the Motoz and doesn't last/ride as well.  Must confess that I used the Motoz on a long trip and did look after the tires as I didn't fancy pushing the bike through the Angolan bush.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #130 on: October 27, 2017, 09:59:44 am »
howsit Omninorm!

firstly, congrats on the purchase, the bike looks beautiful!  many happy miles.  i'm also thinking of getting a KTM but the legendary 640.  was wondering if you'd ridden one and whether it'd be a decent daily ride?  Don't have enough moola for all the bikes I want/need!

maybe I should start another thread if this derail this one?  would love to hear from the 640 guys out there.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #131 on: October 27, 2017, 10:53:08 am »
howsit Omninorm!

firstly, congrats on the purchase, the bike looks beautiful!  many happy miles.  i'm also thinking of getting a KTM but the legendary 640.  was wondering if you'd ridden one and whether it'd be a decent daily ride?  Don't have enough moola for all the bikes I want/need!

maybe I should start another thread if this derail this one?  would love to hear from the 640 guys out there.

I used to have a 640. It vibrates like hell but I still occasionally used mine between PTA and JHB for work. A 50km stretch on tar will leave your hands, bum and feet numb. One thing that caught me out a couple of times was the fact that it would run out of fuel while in the fast lane at which point you'd have to switch the petcock to reserve. A tricky thing in peak traffic but this can of course be managed. I still miss my 640
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« Reply #132 on: October 27, 2017, 12:53:22 pm »
Thanks Dwerg, when you weren’t flogging it, what kind of consumption you get on it? Why did you sell?


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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #133 on: October 27, 2017, 03:02:21 pm »
howsit Omninorm!

firstly, congrats on the purchase, the bike looks beautiful!  many happy miles.  i'm also thinking of getting a KTM but the legendary 640.  was wondering if you'd ridden one and whether it'd be a decent daily ride?  Don't have enough moola for all the bikes I want/need!

maybe I should start another thread if this derail this one?  would love to hear from the 640 guys out there.

Hey there!
Thanks bud! Loving it  :ricky:
If I had enough moola I'd have so many bikes  :biggrin: Purchasing this 690 was a bit of a leap of ..... trusting the gut over the brain, but we will see. So far the gut was right.

I've ridden a 640 Adventure once and a while  back and only for possibly 4-5km's around the block and up the road.
I liked it. It felt a bit old school but in a characterful way. However it was what some would call "big on vibes", and I would call it vibey too but some people hate it others can make due. I would be able to make due I think.
I felt it was quite comfortable in terms of seating and wind protection. It did make me smile when I rode it, so it was a fun ride.
 I thought it felt lighter than it looks - I would guestimate about the same as the Xchallenge but weight higher up. maybe a bit more. It looks way heavier. It sounded fantastic, not sure what pipes the owner had on.
Can't really comment much more than that tbh. I mean my time on it wasn't really enough to give too much reliable feedback esp in terms of vibes on the long road and ownership, cornering or offroad.

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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #134 on: October 27, 2017, 03:26:21 pm »
Thanks Dwerg, when you weren’t flogging it, what kind of consumption you get on it? Why did you sell?


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Can't exactly remember but I seem to recall around 20-22km/l. Sold it after a fall which broke the fairing, headlight cluster and tank. Didn't have the cash to replace the parts which would've cost almost as much as I paid for the bike.
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Re: The KTM 690 as daily ride.
« Reply #135 on: October 27, 2017, 03:33:59 pm »
Thanks guys.  I need a scoot to do some commuting on and have always loved the look of the 640.  Looks like you could do the Dakar with it, no sweat!
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