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  1. Kills the looks and likely some level of handling, but if you need the range, looks like a good option. Product link.
  2. For a few years, the KTM 690R was my dream bike, then I finally scraped together the cash to buy a secondhand one and just sold it two months later. Far as I can see the majority are happy with their KTM 690s or Husqvarna 701 with some key mods done, but I also know a substantial number of us are disappointed too. I figured it couldn't hurt to offer a dissenting opinion so that anyone looking at the big thumpers can get a broader perspective. The KTM 690 definitely has its fans and I can see why - over 70 horsepower at the rear wheel is very addictive for the speed jockeys but I had trouble seeing past quite a few issues.... If found the 690 had a close ratio gearbox compared to similar bike in its class. First gear feels too high for dirt work, while it seems to be revving higher than needed on the highway. I found persistent false neutrals between fourth, fifth and six gears. It's a commonly reported issue that some guys say disappears after a good run in... not so with my bike. In stock trim, my KTM 690 was unbearably twitchy and jerky at low revs, and very prone to stalling. There are probably more up to date fixes now, but the solution back then was a remap and aftermarket exhaust. Most KTM models run fine in standard trim and with its price tag I think it's a shame the 690 doesn't at least run properly until modified... at least those of us who like to use the low revs. Apparently the Husqvarna 701 has a completely new engine for 2017, I hope it runs better and is more reliable. The KTM 690R pipe is a shocker; it weighs a ton and the catalytic converter means it runs so hot it melts the plastic sidecover - a terrible design that is only good for frying eggs. Apparently the Husqvarna 701 has a different exhaust, hopefully it's a better design. For taller riders the footpegs are too high and you may find yourself in a jockey-style position and some find the bars too low as well although that's an easy fix on both the KTM 690R and the Husqvarna 701. While the ergos suit shorter riders, the tall seat height works against them though. The seat is pure dirt bike and you'll want something more comfortable for dual sport and adventure riding. The suspension on mine was brutally harsh. It seemed fine on the road but only started to work reasonably well with extremely aggressive riding. I'm not sure if this has been fixed on recent models, but a quick google around suggests this was still a common complaint up to the 2013 models at least. Plenty of 690 owners report trouble-free riding, but reliability is a well known problem for others. Google around for a list, but common problems are fuel pumps, rocker arm bearings, weak rear subframe for luggage, electrics, injectors and the wiring loom. This has deterred some from using the 690 as an adventure bike, while others say you just need to carry the relevant spare parts, know the problems and fixes, and do maintenance checks before adventure rides with both the KTM 690R and the Husqvarna 701. What is the KTM 690R meant to be? They call it an enduro model but it's far too heavy and lacks a good turning circle. It takes a lot of mods to turn it into an adventure bike but the reliability issues can be a problem - at a minimum you need to know how to fix broken rocker arms and fuel pumps by the side of the road. Is it just a wheel spinning kick arse dual sport bike? Many use it that way and love the bike. All I know is it's a bike that polarises riders... at a rough guess I'd say two out of three riders like the 690 and the rest don't - I'm one of the latter riders obviously. Usually KTM work hard to improve their bikes but the 690 appears to have been left in the too-hard basket. I'm keen to see the rebadged Husqvarna 701 version for 2017 can resolve the identity crisis and get the bike fully sorted.
  3. Looking for opinions on this rack. I like the grab handles and how it floats over the rear fender vs. using rubber bumpers. I don't intend upon using a big tail box, just some soft bags and a rotopax.
  4. A Black Dog Cycle Works (BDCW) exclusive design The new Black Dog Cycle Works TRACTION Footpegs are designed to answer the call for riders who prefer to tackle difficult terrain in all conditions. Sharp teeth greatly enhance traction in wet and muddy conditions while minimizing wear and tear on riding boots while standing. For enhanced traction, threaded spikes are supplied to provide the ULTIMATE in wet weather traction. DESIGN NOTES We've taken our Platform Footpegs another step forward in our exclusive footpeg line-up. By utilizing the same size and shape as our popularPlatform Footpegs and adding enhancements for better wet weather traction, these peg designs "knock it out of the park" according to one of our trusted testers, Jason Houle. Our new TRACTION Footpegs are sure to please. We've opened up the void areas to allow mud, snow and debris to flow through; changed the teeth from flat to a pointed style; and most importantly, used a thread in "traction spike" to ensure maximum grip on the pegs in wet conditions. Another innovative feature is that the threaded spikes are removable to reduce wear on the soles of your boot when not in wet conditions and be replaceable! NUTS, BOLTS AND BENEFITS Enlarged Size Our pegs are 2.5-inch wide x 4.5-inch long and weight only 6 oz. each. This creates a LARGE, STABLE platform from which to control the bike. They greatly improves control of bike—it’s like adding power steering! More Legroom As with our Platform footpegs, these pegs are 1/2 " lower than stock. It may not sound like much but feedback confirms it is noticeable. Greater Comfort Standing up is so much less fatiguing with the large platform distributing your weight. Enjoy the rider longer! More Open Design By creating larger voids in the peg platform, this new design allows mud, snow and debris to flow through the pegs to keep the treads cleaner. We've also enlarged the bottom of the openings to aid in clearing the pegs. Superior Material and Design These pegs are milled out of tough aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. We've added TRACTION cleats around perimeter of the peg and removable threaded spikes for the ULTIMATE in traction and control. More Traction, Less Boot Wear The threaded spikes are removable (and replaceable) to reduce boot wear for riding in less demanding conditions. Easy Installation We are the only company we're aware of who provide an special “installation pin” which greatly simplifies installation. We also provide replacement cotter pins—no trips to the hardware store required. 5 minute install time. Made in the U.S. No bones about it, we manufacture all of our Black Dog products right here in the U.S.—supporting the local craftsmen, materials and machinery. We have world-class manufacturers in our own backyard and are committed to supporting our local economy, something that's extremely important to us. We feel supporting the U.S. manufacturing base has never been more important. Tested and Trusted Worldwide All of our own products are rigorously tested on our personal bikes BEFORE they’re released. Our innovative and rugged designs are used throughout the world—a fact that we’re very proud of. We make no pretense that we’re the cheapest, but, you can be sure that BDCWproducts are the best made and that we stand behind them. More at the Black Dog Cycle Works Website
  5. hey guys, so lately i’ve been thinking and i think i’d like to try and get my hands on a dual sport that i could bring onto the streets. i’m looking for the early-mid 80’s era as i love the look of them. i don’t know much about these, and all i’ve really looked at were the honda xl’s & xr’s. Which do you think would be a decent bike i could get to restore? i have also been looking at the drz’s as well. but i’d like to know what’s the pro’s and con’s of the different dual sport type bikes and which you’d prefer? & also, all i have to rip now is a 250 2t on dirt.. and i know for examples the xr’s go up to 650 but haven’t been able to find anywhere, mostly 250’s and 300’s. Have any you guys ridden these? just seems like small displacement for the roads? you guys ever wish they had more power? thanks for any input!
  6. I am considering purchasing a smaller adventure bike for trips that mainly do NOT require camping gear but could require long road sections. I currently have a 2017 Honda Africa Twin that I have done 4 trips on and have about 12K miles most of that is adventure riding which for me seems to be about 75 % dirt and 25% pavement. During that time I had upgraded the suspension and other mods to make it more dirt and crash proof. It is reliable and has treated me well but I always feel that it is a bit big and cumbersom at times for what I really want to do. It also does not have the "Fun Factor" of a higher power to weight bike such as my KTM 500. I have a big trip coming up in the fall that I would like to consider a smaller adventure bike for. I know there are some offerings coming from KTM with their new 790 and from Yamaha with their new T700 but it seems doubtful that I would be able to get my hands on one of these prior to my trip in September and have enough time to prepare it for the trip. So having narrowed it down to the readily available 690 and 701 here are a few of my concerns regarding these two bikes. I would love some input from you all that have knowledge and experience with these two bikes. 1. Seat height. I am 5.8 with a 30 inch inseam. The AT is good for me on the lower seat height but the 690 and 701 are taller. Do I drop the suspension or just deal with it? 2. Reliability. It seems that both of these bikes are good but have known issues that can be accounted for. I am fairly mechanical and not to concerned about these but if I went with the 701 and had an issue in the field, I worry that finding service or parts may be an issue. KTM dealers seem to be abundant. 3. I would want to do modifications to the bike. I know there are numerous aftermarket items for the 690 but do not see as many popping up for the 701. I love the idea of the 701 but am concerned I would be limited in this regard. 4. Motor. Last I heard the 701 had an upgraded more balanced motor. That seems nice but the 690 has done well previously. Does this really matter? 5. Seat Comfort. I don't know much about the seat for these bikes but my AT is pretty good for all day riding. Upgrade or keep as is. 6. Fuel Range. I have only needed to carry extra fuel on my trips a few times with my AT. I would get between 35 and 50 MPG depending so not great range but it worked pretty well. I could add a rotopax to the 690/701 to keep it simple. 7. Wind screen. Even on my AT I had buffeting with the standard wind screen on road sections and it was not perfect for sure. Should I get a tower or some othe wind screen to make this bike better on the road? 8. I have heated grips on the AT and fortunately didn't need them much at all. This trip will be in the mountains and I may run into wet cold conditions. I also have a heated vest. Are there any issues with either of these bikes running external power such as grips and heated vest? Any input on any one or all of the above would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
  7. I've been using my Giant Loop Great Basin on my 2017 701 Enduro, the close cousin on the 690, and love it but getting gas into the bike is a chore that I need help with. I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations on how to make the experience into a fast one. Currently I have to undo most the rear straps to get the bag back far enough to access the gas cap. Has anyone come up with an easier mounting method, perhaps using a Perrun top rack to mount the bag, making it faster to disconnect and reconnect? I've searched around but haven't found anything yet. Wisdom of the crowd appreciated here. Thanks in advance.
  8. Here is my year end video folks I hope you all enjoy it was a ton of work to make, a blend of motorcycles and scenery! Please share it if its worthy happy new year!
  9. I'll start with an ABC, 123 mod for keeping your registration & insurance paperwork under the seat securely... Heavy duty, wet or dirty Velcro. Clean seat pan and KTM documents pouch with some rubbing alcohol to get good schticktion. Voila! This Velcro is tough (strong) and I really don't even have to separate the bag from the seat to get to my documents... not that I get pulled over a lot.
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