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school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r



    so the metal hose clamp through the PTT switch doesn't work

    it bridges the contacts

    clamp came out, a piece of electrical tape went over the contacts, and zip ties went through

    bike is back; rade tank fuel line was cracked and leaking too

    horn works, 14t put on, new front tire put on, new fuel line for the rade tank.

    also need some more cliff bars - our goal is train ourselves to snack/pee on the hour. Sip water throughout, and no lunch. If you get a little hungrier at the 2nd half of the day, just have 2 cliff bars at the stops.

    looking like low 40's in the AM; so heavy gloves + REI rain shell for the first 2 hours. Swap to lighter gloves/remove rain shell as it warms up.

    just heard of a guy who's 701 died at a rally because of the kick stand switch...I gotta find that dongle and swap it out!

    *maybe* one more shakedown day; otherwise once it's setup, I'm not touching it until the ride!!!

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    here's the pack/radio setup:



    speakers into the pockets, boom mic in the front, cut off the extra wire, and just left the helmet connection hanging out of a seam:



    the wire clip guide for my LED headlamp doubles as a holster when the radio's not in use:



    put the backpack on, helmet on, then attach the helmet to this black wire with the blue connector:



    amazon cradle with a Baofeng UV5R; 5W radio



    then get on the bike and attach the coiled wire w' RCA plug (really Rugged? RCA?!?) to the PTT button on the bars

    The last two B2V's, it kinda sucked. The little secret service looking earpiece was not quite clear enough unless you were stopped, and grabbing the PTT on a little clip was tough to do with gloves, while moving. The radio is a little tricky to use too if you never played around with it. Youtube has some good basic tutorials on them.

    We do another radio test this weekend with the handlebar PTT. Hopefully it works, and we use it *appropriately*: only for emergencies. Out in the desert, you need focus!! Ride safe and pay attention to the roll chart and the GPX Track!

    roll chart holder installed on a RAM base plate. Easier to load the roll chart in the AM by unhooking it.

    2 weeks to go!!

    Going to stop by The Mirage hotel/casino too...scheduled to close in December.

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    rained a few days ago, so desert conditions were pleasantly "soft"









    radios worked; moved my mirror to the handguard bolt to make room for my roll chart holder

    TEMP REGULATION: Was low 40's in the AM and mid 60's by noon; so I was sweating after an hour. So I tried opening the vents on the sleeves near the arm pits AND IT WAS LIKE AN A/C!!. It was awesome! It cooled my sweaty body and almost made me a little chilly. No need to add/shed a rain shell and have to stop/pull over to take it off, or remove the jacket’s sleeves Just use the armpit vents; not the sleeve vents, pant vents, nor the chest vents.

    I've been lifting for about a year consistently (not intensely; just consistently 1-5 days a week for a year) and no soreness the next day

    radios worked; although range was hit or miss.

    under 2 weeks away!!

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  4. #229

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    so I did a pretty thorough cleaning on the old filter, and no dirt came out



    A lot of the OEM coloring came off when I cleaned it the first time, so I'm guessing it looks grungy all the time.

    On top of it, we're running two pre-filters per day.

    At the completion of day 1, toss the old ones, and install two new pre-oiled pre-filters for day 2.

    Kind of feeling like I should just run the new filter for the event. Don't really need a "backup" since I'll likely list this for sale by April. I figure B2V is my biggest ride of the year; so it's kind of a special occasion!

    Bike just needs the gas topped off and final fastener check/inspection by myself, and then she'll be parked until next Friday.

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I'm surprised it's that stained. Betting a clean in kero would make it look fresh again?

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Yeah, my guess is that there is residual filter oil of various types on the foam that whatever cleaner was used did not remove. I've had filters that looked similar in the past and cleaning with a different cleaner, one designed for the oil that is doing the discoloring, took the grungy look off.

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  7. #232

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    honestly idk where to even get kerosene

    k, lemme check walmart, home depot, and some local auto parts stores

    another issue I had with the Rade Garage Aux tank under the seat....is the seat:



    the tank pushes it up a little, so the front seat mount pops off while riding

    it sucks to be exhausted after 200 miles of dirt and having a seat bouncing around

    the seat attaches on a post:



    and the seat is a little worn out/widened:



    so I got a couple sizes of washers wider than the top of the post:



    and hopefully this keeps the seat down!


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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Easy source of Kerosene: Unscented lamp oil, often called paraffin oil. Hardware stores should have it in gallon or possibly smaller sizes.

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    Easy source of Kerosene: Unscented lamp oil, often called paraffin oil. Hardware stores should have it in gallon or possibly smaller sizes.
    just get some diesel ?

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    hmmmm......

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Diesel works too, though may cost more due to taxes, and isn't as 'clean' as the lamp oil. Plus, the lamp oil will come in it's own resealable container for easy reuse. I filter through blue shop towels and reuse my kero lots and lots and lots of times.

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    I checked home depot, and they only carry a kerosene substitute

    found one online at a walmart, but it's 30 mins away, so I gave up for now

    next time



    just oiled the new one, added 2 pre filters, and sending it

    packing 2 more oiled pre-filters in a ziplock bag to swap between day 1 and day 2

    I also finally got these:





    ngl, they're easier to hook to vs. looping through handlebars/controls

    they also have a better angle to the Mav's tie down points, so it's a little more stable

    bike/fuel/riding gear packed

    just need to buy new MX socks, tinted goggles, and pack the rest of the chargers/radios/gopro/vegas toiletries/clothes.

    still undecided on: apple watch or a cheap timex watch?

    I'm still 50/50 on wearing a rain shell with thick gloves in the AM; and the last slab into vegas can be cold

    I leave tomorrow

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I keep thinking about getting those hooks but the soft loops I use around the lower triples more or less accomplish the same thing and can be used on all my bikes.

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    I also finally got these:

    I had these on the KTM and the CRF. Loved them.

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    I'm still 50/50 on wearing a rain shell with thick gloves in the AM; and the last slab into vegas can be cold
    Regular gloves over a pair of latex/rubber gloves.

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    My buddy did that! Was a way to get between light gloved and heavy gloves



    I went with a game day decision plan: show up with the gear, and step outside. It was cold for me, so I went the full winter cyclegear glove with rain shell, and did not regret it. I just run cold as a skinny kid. The pavement 35-55mph sections for 20-30 mins gets to me.









    Filter 1



    Filter 2





    Short day! Probably the shortest day 1 ever..:like only 100 miles

    We were in by 11:45am

    Day 2 is going to be rough…like 220-240 miles! Over double what we did today….and a lot of rough sand wash after baker

    At least we got some rest

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    Day 2 easy ways were ROUGH

    Like miles, of energy draining, loose, washboard, whooped out sand.

    Then, all of a sudden…



    Fuel pissing everywhere

    Muffler detached, and I couldn’t just line it back up.

    The subframe (which holds the whole gas tank ) lower bolts were completely sheared off on both sides



    The upper right subframe bolt was out (and can’t be tightened; threads are likely stripped)

    Since the subframe also supports the muffler, it came out and yanked an aux tank fuel line with it

    The gas tank and my seat were all left being supported by one bolt

    My friend: “Are you done?”

    Me: “With the ride? Yeah I probably need a tow into town.”

    My friend: “No (points to the engine, points to the exhaust). This is the second time in 2 years of B2V this bike had issues; are you done?”



    Re-attached the fuel line to the Rade tank to stop the fuel from spilling, pulled the muffler against the header the best I could with safety wire, and rode the last 45 miles on pavement. Pulled over a couple times to move the exhaust mount from dragging against the chain.

    What an adventure!

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    I feel like you should fly me out two weeks before to prep a bike for you. That sucks.

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    Haha, thanks dude

    It was really a rough 2nd day on the bikes…I am sure any bike could have its fair share of issues. Even then, what would we have done? Tightened the subframe bolts a little more than factory? Short of putting a wrench on every bolt on the bike to test the torque (which I paid for a safety inspection), I wouldn’t be over tightening anything

    Still a great day! I finished 90% of the ride, had an adventure, and I will take a broken bike over a broken body any day of the year.

    Still planning on selling it, going to get her fixed up, do some local/street rides and let it go.

    EDIT: you should fly out and do the ride!!!

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    Re: school me on a ktm 690 enduro r

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    EDIT: you should fly out and do the ride!!!
    Will have to see how next year plays out, I'm hoping to run AHRMA at Laguna and WERA at Barber if all goes well so that'll eat my travel budget in 2023. 2024 maybe?

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    whoa



    WHOA



    WHOA SH*T





    I was going to leave the mustache on before returning to work, but I don't think coworkers could handle being turned on all the time.

    bike is now back to it's "home"



    going to get the subframe/exhaust sorted, then do plastics at home

    thinking about going back to "street" duty for awhile...windscreen, +2 front sprocket, street rubber, top case, zippered tank bag

    trying to source some plastics to make it sale worthy, fish an ad, and see if there are any takers at...

    ...$7,000? maybe $6,500?

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