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Offline PottieP

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2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:08:57 am »
Hi,

I am thinking of investing in one of these.  I am new to the game, so I need the collective knowledge of the forum (the Wilddogs FORCE) to guide me.

Thanks,

Andre
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 08:22:08 am »
It all depends what you want it for, as a commuter there are better options, but for off-road blasts, very little comes close to the 690 and husky 701
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 08:22:46 am »
My experience.
Great to trailer to an outride with your mates or
To ride from home to do an outride
It is a great off rd bike
I don't believe it is a great touring bike as you are limited with carrying capacity,petrol etc.

Depending on your needs maybe look at the new KTM 1090?

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 08:23:57 am »
There's been no change to the 690 since 2014, you'll be better off buying the 2017 Husky 701 with the new motor for 2017 kicking out 6hp more and a balancer shaft making the bike much smoother.
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 08:27:15 am »
Just sold my 990R for the 701

The husky has the new motor and a bit more fuel.

For my next 30000Km trip I feel its the perfect bike :biggrin:
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 09:19:38 am »
Thanks All.

I stay in Botswana and will use it for the 5km to work and then to explore the back roauds and pans in and around Orapa.

Might do longer trips at some stage.

Andre
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 09:29:45 am »
If you'd like something along the lines of a roadworthy dirt bike that can be used to travel, the 690/701 is a great bike. My only complaint is that I am so short that if I put any luggage on the bike, I can't mount it. Apart from that I would use it for multi day long distance touring no problem. Fuel range is 200-300kms on stock tank depending on your right hand but there are plenty of aftermarket options available to extend that. I've done everything with mine and currently use it to commute 110kms per day and it does that fine as well
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 10:25:35 am »
For the 5km commute and exploring it will be the perfect bike! Loads of power and very enjoyable! The 690 only weighs in at about 130-140kg so if you are not that of a goodof a  rider this should help.  You can't go wrong.  Good offroad and short to medium distances! ENJOY!!!
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 11:18:58 am »
Thanks.

What extras is a must and which can I live without for a while.

Then is it the KTM or Husky?

Andre
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 12:29:54 pm »
If you are buying new, buy 701. New engine with more HP, less vibrations (will believe that once I try), and most importantly rocker arm problem of original engine (still in 690) resolved (I hope).

I believe it will be perfect tool for Bots landscape, as you need light there to deal with the sand. The only other option I can think of is XR650R, or - if you are not going to do long distance touring KTM 500..

I have 2014 690 with rally kit and I would happily go around the world on it. If you want easy peasy touring, it is not the right bike, but on dirt it is spot on. Because it is not the best for long distance tar, it makes me constantly look for dirt alternatives and as a result I have discovered many tracks rarely or never ridden by bikes - and most of them in Botswana actually.

Here are my ride reports on 690 - each of them going through at least a bit of bots, like Makgadikgadi, Moremi, Kalahari cutlinesk, Tuli block and such. So I think they will give you good idea about usability of the bike in Bots:

Okavango Delta: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=192974.0

Moz/Zim/BOts: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=188438.0

Quick ride through Limpopo, including bit of Bots: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=202866.0
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 12:35:10 pm by Xpat »
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 08:30:15 am »
According to the web it has the same motor and power as the ktm version ?

http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/enduro/dual-sport/701-enduro/

Edit: Sorry was looking at the 2016 model.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 08:56:24 am by MXDURO »
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 10:05:10 am »
Thanks All.

I stay in Botswana and will use it for the 5km to work and then to explore the back roauds and pans in and around Orapa.

Might do longer trips at some stage.

Andre

Then the 690 or 701 will be absolutely spot on!
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2017, 10:06:45 am »
If you are buying new, buy 701. New engine with more HP, less vibrations (will believe that once I try),

I rode the 2016 and 2017 Husqvarna 701s back to back the other day.  The difference in vibrations is amazing, the 2017 is much smoother.  Ended up buying the 2016 as it was a good 2nd hand deal.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2017, 01:26:11 pm by Amsterdam »
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2017, 12:32:02 pm »
Just love my '17 Just came back from the 1000km service, yes you need to spend a few $$$$ on mods but once its tuned to your liking it becomes a Awesome machine.
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2017, 12:46:17 pm »
Hi,

I am thinking of investing in one of these.  I am new to the game, so I need the collective knowledge of the forum (the Wilddogs FORCE) to guide me.

Thanks,

Andre
When you say you are "new to the game" - what do you mean?

I am a firm believer in starting small and working your way up. If you have not owned a bike before (or have not been riding for long) I really would not advise you to buy such an expensive and aggressive bike. These bikes (the Husky and KTM 690) are rally machines, they really aren't what you want to start out on.

If you are a beginner, why not look at a KLR 650, a Suzuki DR650? Or a DR400? Or even smaller: Yamaha DT175 or Kawa KDX200? Something to give you the feel, to teach you the basic skills...It's always better to get a feel for the machine before buying the top-of-the-range racing model!

Take motoring or cycling - you don't buy a Ferrari/Lamborghini as your first vehicle, nor would you buy a Specialized S-works as your first bicycle?
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2017, 01:24:08 pm »
Do you have any riding experience PottieP?
Something to think about...
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2017, 01:33:52 pm »
I am rather low on riding experience.

 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2017, 02:05:43 pm »
I am rather low on riding experience.
Then consider my advice above carefully. There isn't a right or a wrong, but there is wiser and uhm...less wise.

I've never ridden either of the Husky or KTM, but I've been on a Yamaha WR250 (which is also a rally bike in my book) and even that is REALLY a handful. If you open the throttle in 3rd gear that front wheel wants to climb in the air. As a newbie you really don't want that much power to learn the strokes.
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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2017, 02:26:32 pm »
You must crawl before you can walk.

It is just so damn expensive to first crawl and then walk.

At the price these things go I will be crawling for years...

Yet crawling is better than dead I suppose...
 

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Re: 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R - Any good
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2017, 02:28:55 pm »
Hi,

I am thinking of investing in one of these.  I am new to the game, so I need the collective knowledge of the forum (the Wilddogs FORCE) to guide me.

Thanks,

Andre
When you say you are "new to the game" - what do you mean?

I am a firm believer in starting small and working your way up. If you have not owned a bike before (or have not been riding for long) I really would not advise you to buy such an expensive and aggressive bike. These bikes (the Husky and KTM 690) are rally machines, they really aren't what you want to start out on.

If you are a beginner, why not look at a KLR 650, a Suzuki DR650? Or a DR400? Or even smaller: Yamaha DT175 or Kawa KDX200? Something to give you the feel, to teach you the basic skills...It's always better to get a feel for the machine before buying the top-of-the-range racing model!

Take motoring or cycling - you don't buy a Ferrari/Lamborghini as your first vehicle, nor would you buy a Specialized S-works as your first bicycle?

I disagree.

The 690/701 is a light thumper. That is one of the easier class of bikes to get experience on. Plus it has superb suspension and brakes. Not to mention things such ABS and electric start, which are nice features especially for a relative newbie.
The expense is relative to each person.
I also do not consider the 690/701 as aggressive, you can ride it any way you want.

If we were talking about something like the 1200 GSA, then maybe I would agree, hesitantly. And only because of size and weight.
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