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  1. I've got Avon trailriders on my 690. They handle the power well on the road and I can throw it into a corner like a sport bike. They're also decent off road. I never find myself unable to go down any trail, it's just a matter of how fast I can. I've run Shinko 705s before. They were ok but I wasn't a huge fan. They felt very heavy on the 250 I had them on and got greasy in the summer on hot asphalt. I can't directly compare them to the Avon's though because the the 690 has enough power that they might be heavy and I wouldn't notice as much.
  2. I live in mud central I think. Hate it lol. I can understand some of it though. All of the people I know that do it, it's a husband and wife thing. A lot easier to get the wife into going and riding around in mud (as a passenger), drinking, and listening to music (giant party) than it is to get her to learn to ride a dirt bike or ATV.
  3. Everywhere I ride big lug tires are banned and mudding is banned. Doesn't matter. They ignore the rules and make massive mud holes for fun that make the trails all but impassable. You spend more time trying to get around mud holes than actually riding. The only solution I could see is a state law that allows big ol tickets so they can afford to have someone patrol and have the position pay for it's self. I hate tickets, but in this case I'm all for it.
  4. That's part of the problem. Everyone wants and expects them to be dirt cheap but then fusses when there is no quality. China can make quality but its going to cost you. Especially since what a lot of people consider quality involves using third party parts like shocks, forks, brakes, etc... Those things aren't any cheaper for them to buy. I'm not saying you're wrong, just saying thats the what holds them back. The expectation of super cheap with the double edged judgement against the quality. If they built something Japanese quality it could be a little cheaper due to labor cost, but not the kind of cheap people expect.
  5. Then you're barking up the wrong tree. The tires, wheels, and suspensions aren't really suited to the road. Theyre a compromise and there is no reason to make those compromises if you aren't going off road. If you have no desire to go fast, want an upright seating position, and like Honda, get a CB500F, or the 300.
  6. Ive ridden an xr650L. Cushy and mild mannered. The seat, sound, and way it made power reminded me of a utility four wheeler. Not very exciting IMO.
  7. Ive tried 4 different ones. The KTM 690 is my favorite all arounder and a bike I want to keep forever. The older designed stuff feels like... We'll... Obese 1980s dirt bikes. The WR250R feels great off road but is lacking power on road. Dirt bike conversions are too much maintenance and what feels fast off road let's you down above 60.. The 690 is an animal on road and heavy but good dirt bike. Husky 701 I would imagine is the same since its just minor revisions. I never tried a DRZ. Could be amazing. I'll never know. Probably KTM/ Husky for life now lol. I can't imagine the japanese EVER making a 70hp street legal dirt bike. Especially one with reasonable maintenance. They just dont take those kinds of risks.
  8. I've gone to battery powered weedeater and saws. The 80V models are pretty powerful. Just have to watch for the batteries to go on sale. Not that I need many. The small capacity one lasts 30 mins and charges in an hour. Fine with that break system. I like just being able to pick it up and go vs fuel up, crank on it, clean the carb if it hasn't been run in a while, prime the bulb so more, curse the world, etc..
  9. The problem is the motors are way out of date. If they picked an arbitrary point, they would have to reduce the size several times depending on how much tech they let them use. With computer controlled variable intake and exhaust they could get nutso. On the pipe from idle till it blows with very steep cone angles. Bet a 250 could make 80hp or more that way with a broad spread.
  10. Think im going to go out there. Maybe this weekend. Couple questions. Are they super strict on the noise requirements? I'm not sure how many decibels my KTM is with an FMF Q4 on it but its probably right around the limit. I also don't have the tire for really gnarly climbs. Probably about equivalent to a mostly bald knobby. Should I stick to the ATV trail or maybe even take a different machine?
  11. I'm Louisiana, I was about to ride on over to east TX to ride lol (Barnwell Mtn)
  12. IF you plan on 10,000+ miles I would go with the 690 over the 500. The 500 is a great bike but it's still basically a dirt bike and won't put up with real miles. Conversely the 690 is heavy and wider / beefier. Not much worse than a DRZ though (330lbs stock. The muffler is a boat anchor with a cat in it though). On that note, with the 690 you can have the dealer change the map. They sell hop up parts and have the ECU flashes to accompany them. You can get the map alone. I bet they do something similar for the 500. Ask. I paid $60 l.
  13. My 14 definitely does not. Runs like garbage under 3500rpms unless you're accelerating. Surging, bucking, etc... First year of the encrypted crap. Can't flash it myself, but the dealer will put in the map they use for the the akra exhaust and airbox lid kit they sell as "stage 1" for about half an hour labor. Map feels identical to stock except little richer to keep it from burning up. Might ask if I can get a 17 version of the map if they run better.
  14. Yeah can't say I'd be willing to give up low end for more top end. Especially not on a bike like this. I try to keep it away from the rev limiter since I plan on keeping it forever. Unrelated note, part of the reason I got the stage one setup was because people said it cleaned up the bottom end and gave a bunch of mid range while doing almost nothing for top end. That was a lie. It did NOT clean up the low end. It still runs like crap under 3200rpms unless under very low load. All it did was give more mid to top and doesn't fall off as much after peak. Pulls to the limiter in 6th now because the power doesn't nose over as fast (118mph).
  15. I liked the stealth factor, but the exhaust note sounded like a Chinese scooter and the cam chain sounds terrible. The louder exhaust covers it a bit. On the down side though, I got the FMF Q series, the quiet version, and it's still about ten trillion decibels. I really miss the stocker when I'm riding places that are legally questionable. Places that no one cares if you're there, but you still don't want to draw attention to yourself or piss off the hunters. Also, with the exhaust, airbox lid, and stage 1 ECU flash from dealer, it pulls harder. Not that it needs it, I just have a hard time leaving any easy performance on the table. *Edit* dang, didn't know they only gave the husky the new version. Thought they both got it. That's kinda dirty. Hopefully the KTM gets it in a refresh.