Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: How good is the KTM690?  (Read 811 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Norman walker

How good is the KTM690?
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:41:53 pm »
Hi Guys & Girls

I seem to be still looking for the perfect bike. I have 3 bikes a KLR650, XT660Z and a KTM990 .Im a Namibia and I Manage a Lodge so Im on the Lodge for 6 weeks then off for 2 weeks, 80% of my leave I spend doing motorbike trips. I load the bike with all my camping gear and equipment needed for the whole trip.  I ride 90% gravel/off road and love doing trips up dry riverbeds and technical staff.

The KLR650 is by far the best off road bike in the group for me, everything feels so easy with it and it feels so much lighter than the other too. Its old school and easy to work on. Its just so under powered and a little boring to ride.

XT660Z is my workhorse and bought it new and it only has 50 000km on it. Its worked hard over the last 4 years due to me working in the Kalahari, then Mozambique and now in the south of Namibia so a lot of the KM have been in very sandy conditions. I think it has the most reliable engine out of the bunch and also very easy to work on but its such a hard motorbike to ride when its loaded up due to it being very top heavy.

The KTM990 i got in April but its stuck in my hometown Swakopmund and cant ride it because of lock down. I have only done about 2000km on the bike sense i bought it. When i was in the market for another bike i was looking for a KTM690 but i came across this KTM990 with only 11 000km on it and fought i had to have it but i think i have made a mistake.

Question 1: So Is the KTM690 a lot better offroad/ gravel roads than the above mentioned motorbikes?

Questions 2: if the right maintenance is done and bike is looked after would you say it will last as long as a xt660z or klr650? I know this is a very open question but for example i would climb on my xt660z with 50 000km and not stress that it will let me down. The guys with higher mileage KTM690 do you feel the same on your bikes?


Thanks everyone for any advice.



 

Offline DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Teelhond
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 32,842
  • Thanked: 973 times
  • ChrisL .. aka...Chris Louw
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 10:52:38 pm »
Locally near me I know of a 690 that was used to tour the world or parts of. Bike was at 130 000 last I saw it engine unopened. Rider did most the services himself.
I am sure there are many more high mileage 690's just have to keep your hands on them.
MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Online Blikkies1

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 11:02:07 pm »
Sell all 3 and get a 790, maybe get something small as a backup.
It's the end of the road as we know it and I feel fine.
 
The following users thanked this post: Grumpleton

Offline m0lt3n

  • Ervare noob
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 6,035
  • Thanked: 215 times
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 06:08:01 am »
How big are you Norman? What do you weigh?

They all have their issues, little things you mod before and then its reliable, same as on your KLR same on the 690. Just a little more things on the 690 for twice the suspension and the power. If the 990 really is to much bike and the 790 to much monneys/tech then I would look at a 500. A 500 and a 990 setup should cover all your riding needs.

oh yes.
Why are you not looking at a 500?
Dooie visse gaan saam met die stroom...
 

Offline Norman walker

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 07:56:40 pm »
Hi Guys

Thanks for the replies, Im 1.8m and 85kg.
I have been thinking of having a WR450 and the KTM990 but then the WR450 or KTM500 service intervals make it hard to do long distance travel. I need to find someone in Namibia with a KTM690 to i can ride it and see how it feels. I went to KTM Windhoek and they have some 690 but doesn't help riding it in the city.

Anyone from Namibia with a ktm690 on here?

Thanks

Norman
 

Offline Grumpleton

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 1,028
  • Thanked: 158 times
  • Live life like there is no tomorrow, For F#$K sake
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2020, 09:38:55 pm »
I have a 690 and a 950 Adventure, they are totally different bikes, the 690 is better in the tech stuff and way easier in sand than the 950, the 950 is much more comfortable on the long stuff.
both are great fun, and both are very capable, the 690 is far easier to service and maintain than the 950 , but for smiles the 690 is the best.
I also hear the argument for the KTM 500 but service intervals are so short compared to the 690 and for the slight weight advantage of the 500 I would still stick to the 690, for range I carry an additional 5L of fuel in a steel jerry can on the carrier and that gives me about 350 km range in total.
Bikes :  KTM 1190 Adventure R ,  KTM 690 Enduro R , BigBoy Revival 150 for the dorp.

Sun, Wind and Sail and for those colder days, My Bike.
Live for today, because yesterday has gone and tomorrow may never come.
 

Offline billy-joe

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 09:50:03 pm »
Nee man!  Some guys ride around the world with those 500's so dont discount them.  Hugely reliable too.  If covid wasnt such a fucker, that would be my next scoot!
-There is no road to happiness...Happiness is the road.
-One cannot drink beer all day long if you do not start early in the morning says Welsh!!
 

Offline Grumpleton

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 1,028
  • Thanked: 158 times
  • Live life like there is no tomorrow, For F#$K sake
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 06:44:16 am »
Nee man!  Some guys ride around the world with those 500's so dont discount them.  Hugely reliable too.  If covid wasnt such a fucker, that would be my next scoot!

no great bike, just service intervals are to small , you have to service every ride, new 690 every 10 000 km
Bikes :  KTM 1190 Adventure R ,  KTM 690 Enduro R , BigBoy Revival 150 for the dorp.

Sun, Wind and Sail and for those colder days, My Bike.
Live for today, because yesterday has gone and tomorrow may never come.
 

Offline m0lt3n

  • Ervare noob
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 6,035
  • Thanked: 215 times
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 09:10:38 am »
you are not racing the bike, it can be serviced every 5 or 7k km.

tons of info on this forum about that. or check the adam riemann movies
Dooie visse gaan saam met die stroom...
 

Offline DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Teelhond
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 32,842
  • Thanked: 973 times
  • ChrisL .. aka...Chris Louw
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2020, 10:26:01 am »
 I need to find someone in Namibia with a KTM690 to i can ride it and see how it feels.

Norman when you next in Walvisbay ask around and find Werner Bachmann he has a 690 and if you ask nicely he might let you ride it. He is also a WD. Go and ask at Tops liquor store where he lives he used to own it.
MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Offline Thumper Dumper

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2020, 01:54:55 pm »
Just listed my 2015 690 in the buy and sell section if you interested. Lots of extras.
 

Offline danielsaaiman

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2020, 04:51:14 pm »
you are not racing the bike, it can be serviced every 5 or 7k km.

tons of info on this forum about that. or check the adam riemann movies

500 is essentially a race bike. Need to follow the service intervals. Clean air filter after every ride etc.
Current: 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R, 2014 KTM 350 XCF-W, 2013 Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Past: Kawasaki KLR 650, Kawasaki KLE 500, Kawasaki KX 125, Suzuki Bandit 250, Husqvarna SMR 125, Honda CRF 250X

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIcPu7PbAnTfBpKQDPrTGA
 

Offline BuRP

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2020, 09:52:41 am »
500 is essentially a race bike. Need to follow the service intervals. Clean air filter after every ride etc.

Ehh no, not really.
For weekend warriors those intervals may easily be stretched, and for longer tours ditto.... who's going to pin it the whole way?
Not me eh, call me a sissy.
Use a good oil, and carry a spare airfilter if you need to - and then this bike becomes without peers: it's a "plastic" legally on the road, capable of very technical stuff (only ~106 kg's) plus a ludicrous speed on straights & tar, and longer trips are just possible too!
I was talked into getting one by @Runner & @Catchy - yes, talked into getting one lol - and I am SO glad they did!  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: August 19, 2020, 09:53:47 am by BuRP »
Sparta MC50, 46 other 50cc's, Garelli Tiger Cross, Jawa 250, Kreidler RS (plated), Kawasaki S1 250/3, S2 350/3, H1 500/3, H2 750/3, Suzuki GT380/3 - 10 year gap - KDX200, BMW 1150GS Adventure, Honda CBR600RR, Honda XR650R 2007 & 2003, Honda CRF230, Yamaha BWS100, BMW F800GS Adventure, Husqvarna 701 Enduro 2018, KTM 790 Adv R 2019, KTM 2020 XC-W TPI 300 Six Days, KTM 2014 500 EXC-W Six Days, KTM 790 Adv R Rally 2020, KTM 890 Adv R Rally 2021
 

Offline Baches

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 1290 Super Adventure
    Location: Namibia
  • Posts: 1,594
  • Thanked: 7 times
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2020, 04:46:44 pm »
Norman give me a shout when you are in Swakop. You can take my 690 for a spin. Its the best allrounder. You can tour, do technical stuff like Kaokoland tweespoor roads or ride in the dunes.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
KTM 500 EXC
KTM 690 Enduro R
 

Offline BuRP

Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2020, 07:01:34 pm »
take my 690 for a spin. Its the best allrounder.

Ehhh NO!
I own a 701 and a 500.
When the trip contains quite a bit of tar I'll likely take the 701 then, but will instantly miss the 500 when the going gets tough in technical terms.
For closer, waylesstarriding, trips I almost always take the 500 because this bike is like a plastic, light and super capable.
Remember there's ~50Kg between them, so it depends on what rides you want to do with them because the bigger one will make you tired quicker.
And, although to a lesser extent, the 690/701 has a slightly too-tall first gear, NOT really helping when the going gets slow.
So, "best"?
Choose between them, they both have very good points  :P
Sparta MC50, 46 other 50cc's, Garelli Tiger Cross, Jawa 250, Kreidler RS (plated), Kawasaki S1 250/3, S2 350/3, H1 500/3, H2 750/3, Suzuki GT380/3 - 10 year gap - KDX200, BMW 1150GS Adventure, Honda CBR600RR, Honda XR650R 2007 & 2003, Honda CRF230, Yamaha BWS100, BMW F800GS Adventure, Husqvarna 701 Enduro 2018, KTM 790 Adv R 2019, KTM 2020 XC-W TPI 300 Six Days, KTM 2014 500 EXC-W Six Days, KTM 790 Adv R Rally 2020, KTM 890 Adv R Rally 2021
 

Offline geopat

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 690 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 566
  • Thanked: 59 times
Re: How good is the KTM690?
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2020, 06:35:15 am »
If I didn't use my bike every day to get around and I had a bakkie to trailer up to Nam I would get a 500 ( I probably will anyway), the 690 is like a swiss army knife it really can do anything but it doesn't exell at anything (except constantly making me grin like a maniac) but as a one bike garage you really can't beat it