Some maintenance tasks requires getting the wheels of our heavy girls off the shop floor. While the stock skid plate isn't too bad, it's rounded bottom profile just doesn't work on the flat platforms found on every lift stand on the planet. So, the stock skid plate has to go, even if you don't ride in conditions truly needing a more robust aftermarket skid plate. I opted for the Flatlands Racing unit that I got from the folks at https://ktmtwins.com/ , a store specializing in parts for our bikes. I'm in the process of a full review on it, so if you're interested, tap that "follow" button so you'll be notified. I've used Flatland Racing product before on my Honda CRF450R, so I expected a quality product at a reasonable price and so far, it's been exactly that.
Flatland Racing Skid Plate for the 690 Enduro and 701 Enduro from KTM Twins
The next step was finding a lift stand that had enough capacity for our bikes. With a full tank of fuel, we're right at 330lbs. and many lift stands were made with lighter dirt bikes with a license plate in mind vs. heavier factory dual sports. I ended up settling on the Fly Racing Lift Stand because it had the capacity I needed, but I really liked the soft-drop damper mechanism that doesn't allow the bike to come slamming down and the jack pedal flying up.
Fly Racing Lift Stand w/ soft-drop damper
You can find my full review of this lift stand at:
So far I'm happy with this set-up as there was no way I was going to try to lift this heavy girl onto a fixed stand to work on it. If you have any questions or comments, hit us up in the comments section below. What are you using for a skid plate and stand for your KTM 690 Enduro R or Husqvarna 701 Enduro?
Bryan Bosch & Steve Claus