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Old May 14th, 2015, 05:45 AM   #11
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The 690 dash was a hybrid. Needle tach/LCD speedo/clock/etc. The problem wasn't related to the needle though. The actual circuit board would come apart, rendering the lcd display useless as well as the faceplate assembly wearing in such a way that created a plastic dust that obscured the screen.
I've never ridden a 690, but I suspect it shakes quite a bit more than this little 374 cc thing. It's the smoothest single I've ever tried, and getting better as it breaks in. I've seen other posts that mentioned poor reliability on the Austrian made bikes, wonder how much worse the Indian ones could be. Guess I'll find out.

It is a noob move to kill the engine by trying to take off with the stand down. Very embarrassing in front of 20 riders at our local hangout! I figure that new riders need all the help they can get. Could do without the "Ready To Race" display at startup, though. Race this thing? Really?
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Old May 14th, 2015, 07:02 AM   #12
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I've never ridden a 690, but I suspect it shakes quite a bit more than this little 374 cc thing. It's the smoothest single I've ever tried, and getting better as it breaks in. I've seen other posts that mentioned poor reliability on the Austrian made bikes, wonder how much worse the Indian ones could be. Guess I'll find out.

It is a noob move to kill the engine by trying to take off with the stand down. Very embarrassing in front of 20 riders at our local hangout! I figure that new riders need all the help they can get. Could do without the "Ready To Race" display at startup, though. Race this thing? Really?

the reliabilty issue is long ago.
former KTM 4-stroke singles really did'nt last very long. But, these times are gone since many years. The new KTM singles are bullet proof.

All indian KTMs sold out of India are going to Mattighofen/Austria and there thru a very accurate quality proof. Each bike gets a checklist what to solve.
They are then shipped worldwide from Mattighofen.

My son is working in a large KTM shop and a had already several trainings and factory visitations in Mattighofen. He also told me that there are no issues with the new singles.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 07:36 AM   #13
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I think it will be a reliable bike. The 690 was counterbalanced and smooth as a single can get. It still liked to eat dashboards and back out any bolt that was not loctited. I put 15k miles on it. About 10K on roadrace tracks at full song. BIG tracks too. Thundebolt at NJMP lap after lap hitting the top of 6th. Motor never skipped a beat. I think I adjusted one valve that whole time.

I do tend to think the electronics are the weakest link in the KTM. But that's just my experience.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 09:41 AM   #14
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My riding buddy and I trucked the baby Duke and our '56 Velocette up to Napa last weekend for a VOCNA ride. We rode gnarly, bumpy back roads, and I went a bit insane coming down 128 from Lake Berryessa to Napa. Honestly, we flew. Passed a blocker in a VW Phaeton and left him for dead! Also a trio of ADV bikes going slowly on some gravel sections next to the lake. Wankers.

I led on the Velo, which has been hot-rodded quite a bit now. It's 380cc, and probably makes 25 HP at it's 6500-ish redline (it's got a 96mm stroke!) The little Duke was not far from that at a similar RPM (for break-in), so the two bikes were a good match. On that last stretch I gapped the KTM a bit, my buddy admitted that he was having trouble keeping up. This ended up as one of the most memorable rides I've ever had. I'd post a pic but they might still be looking for me.

When we got back my ribs were sore from the bumps and the steering effort. My buddy admitted that he could not have gone nearly that fast on his R6. He could not stop raving about the KTM, said it was the perfect bike for those roads. I could not agree more. It really brings out the hooligan in me, even more than the Strada. It's a keeper.

One last laugh...when we got back, he told his GF about how hard it was chasing me on the Velo...her response was "On that old thing?" Hee hee hee...

Velocette. World 350 GP champions 1949 and 1950. That's one more GP championship than our boys from Borgo Panigale...
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I do tend to think the electronics are the weakest link in the KTM. But that's just my experience.
Sounds a lot like our 821s!
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