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    Question Anyone own a KTM 690? Thoughts compared to a tw? Maybe ktm 500 exc owners too?

    Just doing some poking around for KTM info on how it is to live with.

    Anyhoo after 5000kms on the trusty TW and 1000kms on a $500 fj1100 Im itching for a bike thats quicker then the tw but not a street bike like the fj. Looking at bigger displacement, light weight, FI enduro bikes that I could do maybe one big 2500km trip on in the summer. The KTM 690 seems to be my best bet and its a decently light bike.

    Is its just a million times different then the tw? Do you lose that wonderful I can ride anywhere feeling that you get on a tw?

    Or any general insights into the 690 would be cool. Ive done a lot of youtoobin' on the ktms and some article reading but would like a tw owners comparison if possible.

    Thanks!

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    I've ridden one.

    Is its just a million times different then the tw?
    It's a million times different than the TW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    I've ridden one.



    It's a million times different than the TW.
    One MILLION!



    Was it amazing?

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    Welcome Cipher those KTMs are sweet bikes there just to damn tall for my short legged ass. Can you update your profile so we know where your from.

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    They are lighter and faster than the competition for a reason. Treat the maintenance regime like a race bike an you will be fine. What I'm saying is; treat one like a TW and you will eventually get stranded in the boonies. Plenty of examples of it on ADV forums if you care to look.
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    It is like comparing apples with... uh... steak maybe?

    Or a nice Piper J3 cub with P51 Mustang?

    Similarities between a TW and a KTM... Hmmmm....
    They both have two wheels!

    From what I read (often) is that if you are enticed to try a KTM, you won't be satisfied until you get one.
    Enjoy it for a year or so and then decide if you want to keep it.
    Although a few knew after their first ride if it was the bike for them or not.

    I would buy one except that I KNOW I would ride it too fast and get myself hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGman View Post
    They are lighter and faster than the competition for a reason. Treat the maintenance regime like a race bike an you will be fine. What I'm saying is; treat one like a TW and you will eventually get stranded in the boonies. Plenty of examples of it on ADV forums if you care to look.
    ^^^this...ktm makes great bikes but they need to be treated right...take a look at the ktm 500exc and husqvarna fe501s (both are pretty much the same)...little less power and a little lighter to toss around...just realize that these bikes are going to be a lot taller and will also cause the center of gravity to be a lot higher so you won't have the low center of gravity which makes the tw so much fun to ride...also take a look around and see if you can find a used wr426 or wr450 that has been registered for the road...better reliability with the 5 valve design of the yamaha engine

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    A friend bought a new KTM 690 Enduro last year. He loves it, but says it has too much power for dirt. All it does is spin the rear wheel (and that's with good dirt tires on it). The 500EXC is also great (and lighter) but not much better due to all the power. Plus both are $10k+ bikes and have 37" seats so I'll never be able to ride one with my 29" inseam.

    Also consider the maintenance on these motors. I dunno about the 690, but the 500 has two oil filters and two screens and needs maintenance every 20-30 hours.

    I'll stick with my super-simple 40 hp DR650 and 2000-3000 mile oil changes.
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    ^^^i agree...i had a husky sm510r and there is no way i would want all that in the woods...there is always the 350excf/fe350s but personally i would be looking for a wr450 or a wr250 and there is always the drz400 which is on the heavy side

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    "and have 37" seats so I'll never be able to ride one with my 29"


    The DR has a pretty high seat, no?

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