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  1. Windblown

    I think I’ll be an ex-690 owner

    Suspension difference is huge IMHO. Fully adjustable versus fixed. For anyone wanting to do more than graded roads it will make a huge difference. That quick adjust preload is pretty sweet to. Hitting sand? Reach down and give the fork pre-load a twist. Tires: A consumable. I wouldn't ever make a bike purchase decision on that. Height: The standard version has an 850mm seat height, the R version has a 880mm seat height. I've got long legs and I hear the seat to peg distance is pretty small and the same on both bikes. With the taller bike I can drop 20-30mm on the pegs if needed. QS: Meh, I'm used to clutch work/clutchless shifting. I don't really see the advantage in a bike like this. Also, some ride reports have mentioned the QS is pretty sensitive and just barely touching the shifter causes it to shift, that might not be a good thing for me. I'll be looking at heated grips and possibly (Gasp) the cruise control for long transport sections... Have you laid eyes on one at your dealer? I've not heard any reports yet of a dealer with one on the floor in the US.
  2. Windblown

    ADV Bikes: Too damn heavy...

    Exactly. I live on the east coast. I do not have the time nor inclination to ride across the plains states on a thumper. I'd much rather suffer a little in the tough stuff than be bored to death and uncomfortable on the fast or easy stuff.
  3. My experience is about the same. HT lasts longer for me and is a bit better off-road than the 606, but damn it's loud on pavement once it gets over 1000 miles. As for the fronts... I've pretty much given up on Motoz fronts. I've found them to cup quickly and not inspire a lot of confidence. Much prefer the Pirelli Scorpion Pro over the HT front and it lasts just as long.
  4. Windblown

    ADV Bikes: Too damn heavy...

    Yep, Adventure bikes have become a status symbol of sorts for a segment of middle aged and older dudes in the US. They are big comfy beasts and easier on the knees for us aging folks with more than a 32" inseam. But beside that, who else can afford them besides old dudes? Gotta go, Starbucks is calling.
  5. Windblown

    ADV Bikes: Too damn heavy...

    There are plenty of bikes out there to Adventure on that are sub 400lbs. It all just depends on what your adventure will consist of, what roads will be traveled to get there, and how much time you have. I know two guys (one on a Husky 501 & one on a DRZ) that did the cross country TAT taking all the hard options they could find. Fellow going by the handle RTW Paul has been practically everywhere around the world multiple times on a few different thumpers. The trick is the compromises: Time, Distance, Difficulty, Comfort. Big bikes limit the degree of technical difficulty that can be achieved but can make anything that isn't actually technically too hard core for the bike or the riders skill more fun, more challenging, and more comfortable. I've said it before and it's still true. I give up comfort grudgingly on long trips. Only if there is something in the cards that actually requires a small bike. I love riding my 250XC-F for a day on trails but I don't want to ride it back to back 400 mile days. I like my 690 for a spin out through the area or intermediate distance multi-day trips (longest on the 690 was 3k) but I still don't want to ride it multiple 400+ mile days back to back to get to the fun. Some folks handle the long distance to the fun parts by throwing a plated dirtbike in a truck and that's cool, I've done it too! But that's not a motorcycle Adventure ride, that's driving somewhere to ride your bike. Now the folks that ride around the world or even just across the US on a dual sport? I take my hat off to them. They may be making it easier for themselves on the hard parts compared to me but they are making the long pavement days getting somewhere a whole lot tougher! I just ain't that hard.
  6. Windblown

    Riding heart rate?

    I'm 57 and I hit 174bpm when training but make a point to not spend too much time there. I've found I can maintain 160-165bpm for a fairly long period of time but when I get over 170 for more than a short period of time I'm well on my way to flaming out.
  7. Windblown

    Lynx fairing for the KTM 690 Enduro R?

    If all you want/need is a bit better lighting and a little less wind blast you can get that with a cheap screen and a cyclops or other LED headlight bulb. On the other hand if you are building a travel bike versus a weekend playbike and you want more real estate for switches, GPS mount, heated grip switch, gauges, power ports, etc and also want better wind protection and lighting then the LYNX fairing starts to make a lot of sense. Yes, it's not fashionable but it is tough, works well and is customizable to your own desires. The ability to raise the screen has very limited usefulness for my application becuase in anything but the lowered position buffeting increases at speed. I like mine a lot. It was a great addition for my wants/needs. Wouldn't be for everyone though and if I had set mine bike up for just day/weekend rides I would not have bothered. You can layout the dash anyway you want. Comes as a blank and you mount stuff where you want it.
  8. Windblown

    2004 Ktm 450 sx overheating.

    Jetted for your altitude and temps?
  9. Nice tip! I heard that uploading 2.7k or better used a nicer codec but didn't know you could check it by right clicking the video to see what codec was used. A quick 60 second clip off my birthday dirt ride. Go-pro 6 shot at 2.7k Linear, stabilization on, 60 FPS Edited and uploaded at 2.7k resolution. Shooting and uploading at 2.7k certainly blows away shooting and uploading at 1080p. I think I'll experiment with creating a 1080HD file from the 2.7k footage and upload it and see if there is a difference. Edit: One interesting thing I noticed is that if I watch the embedded video below here it looks like crap. But if I select if I select "Watch on Youtube" by clicking the Youtube logo on the bottom right of the embedded vid it looks crystal clear. Anyone else the the same thing?
  10. Windblown

    Battery replacement time~ what to buy

    Yep, so far so good. Out of curiosity I thumbed the starter on the 690 this morning to see how it would act after a chilly night. It was 33 degrees in the garage and it fired up the bike on the first try without having to go thru any battery warm up process. Good enough for me.
  11. Windblown

    Battery replacement time~ what to buy

    I got one of these not long ago as well. The first Lithium battery that sounds like it covers all the bases for me if it works as advertised. So far it's been great though I have no had occasion to need to test out the re-start feature. No accidental discharge to the point of damaging the battery and the ability to re-start without having to get a jump to "wake up the battery" was a big selling feature for me. While I like the idea of circuitry to prevent an over discharge condition since that is a lithium battery killer, I hated the idea of accidentally draining my battery far enough that it would "Go to sleep" and yet still require a jumpstart to get going even though there was still enough charge left in it to start the bike on it's own. For riding off the beaten path this earlier versions sounded like a really bad idea.
  12. Windblown

    How do YOU determine your rider skill level

    D/S Trail Rider: Good to go all day. Faster than some, slower than others. Enduro Rider: Bottom half of C group based on the couple events I entered last year. 2+ hours at race pace exceeds my conditioning. MX Rider: Not happening. 57 years old, two previously herniated discs, and DDD. I'd like to keep riding for awhile so no MX in my future. Adventure rider: Lots of miles and smiles. Long multi-day mixed surface trips on two wheels with a good amount of exploring thrown in are kinda my thing. How do I determine my skill level? I'm still alive and still riding so ... "Good enough".
  13. My Take: For on board motion at high speeds you need 60fps for the motion and and sufficient light to deal with the fast frame rate. I get better result if I shoot and upload @ 2.7k instead of 1080 (using MP4/H.264 and a high bit rate). In a wooded environment at speed there is so much going on that getting good quality compression is tough. I've noticed a lot of the better quality youtube vids tend to use onboard video for slower speeds or less busy backgrounds, and use off the bike footage to capture speed which has less data requirements to get the image. All that said, the more data you provide Google the better the compression results are likely to be. I just recently started experimenting with uploading huge (high bit rate) files to youtube and the results are better, still not great but at least if the viewer can select 1080HD or better the footage is view-able. Still a work in progress, and yeah, I suspect the editor being used has some impact as well. On my own computer the differences are imperceptible but I can see a difference in the youtube uploads.
  14. Windblown

    250 XC-F - how is the power delivery?

    The 250 XCF is very easy to control and an excellent woods weapon. I have a plated '18. That said, I'd go 350 (or larger) if I wanted to be doing paved stuff at 70+ mph. You could go up a tooth on the frontsprocket of the 250 for more top end speed but it would make it a dog in the woods.
  15. Like mine a lot. As you say, other helmet mounts take a beating riding in the woods and chest mounts bug me. Here's a quick and dirt vid of a recent trail ride using the ProShot with a Hero 6. . I don't have the editing or riding skills of many of the folks here but it will give you an idea of what the angles look like.
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