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Offline BuRP

2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:43:23 am »
A friend of mine is contemplating to buy a 2nd hand 690, a farkled one.
Looks good is all I know, he'll find out what yearmodel it is.

Which one's are better avoided if any, and for what reason(s)?
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Re: 2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 11:01:13 am »
You can do a lot of reading on the forum, some posts will tell you when the suspension was changed etc.

I seem to recall after reading all of it, the 2014 was the best compromise but I haven't seen much on the post 2016 models
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Re: 2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 11:07:47 am »
Thanks Meurig,

but I really don't have the time neither inclination to start wading through endless threads to find nuggets I need.
But you appear to have done that, and you mention suspension - which can be, no, should be individualized in any case, so I regard that as a minor.
You don't mention the engine or its shortcomings / weak points though ..... there aren't any?

I dunno hence me asking here, I got myself a new 701 which makes me  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Offline funky_munky

Re: 2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 12:31:34 pm »
Probably the biggest thing to check on earlier 690's - prior 2013 maybe 2014 is the rocker arm bearings. Not much goes horribly wrong with these bikes. i think that is also when they upgraded the engine from 654 cc to almost 700 cc.
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Offline Thumper Dumper

Re: 2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 12:45:16 pm »
2014 onwards has ABS and only 250mm of suspension travel.
It boils down to what your friend wants.
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2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2018, 12:48:41 pm »
Generally speaking the older models had more issues. Anything 2012 and up should be ok if looked after and is of course 690cc vs 650. 2014 saw a few more upgrades like ride by wire, 4CS forks, slipper clutch and ABS. Older models had more electrical issues but 2011 had the best suspension though
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Re: 2nd hand 690: which yearmodel?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2018, 01:13:10 pm »
Thanks for the varied info, will relay it through!  :thumleft:

That's a good design then, perhaps I may be swayed a bit more to orange now  ;)
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