KTM 690

2016 KTM 690



The protection for the motor on the KTM 690 was not good enough. It comes with a plastic bashplate, I up graded to the KTM aluminum bashplate and now bought a real one.

These bikes, almost all bikes now do not have any frame below the engine. The engine hangs from the frame, just waiting for you to bust it on some tree or rock.

Worth the investment.

The BlackDog Bash Plate is twice a large and three times heavier than stock.

Cost twice a much too.


It is made in the USA

Then I decided I needed a little wind shield for this dirt bike. I know it is starting to look more and more like a Adventure bike instead of a dual sport bike.

It is the KTM windscreen about $67 and very easy to install you have to be ready to drill four big holes in you plastic fairing. Make you you put them in the correct place.


You can see the dash on my 690 pretty well from here.

As you can see I have the Scott’s steering stablizeer with the dampened raised handlebar mounts. About $750 for the whole thing. I had the Scott’s box from my KTM 520 and saved about $400.

The Mirrors are Double Take, RAM mounted, also took off my old KTM520. You don’t have to give a buyer of your used bike any of your favorite stuff, Keep what you like for your next bike.  They cost about $120 for a pair including all the mounting hardware.

The GPS mount is RAM for my Garmin 62STC GPS, love that thing. Have a mount on all of my bikes. GPS is battery operated, I use rechargeable AA batteries. I tried hardwiring it into the bike was not worth the hassle. Cost of mount $45 and GPS was $400

The Cell phone mount is by Lifeproof, best cell phone mount ever. Better than the RAM claw holder. Cost $35

Handle Bar protection is by Cyrca, very strong. These require some aluminum bending to fit right and you have to cut off the ends of you clutch and brake levers. Cost $120. I should have been put them on before I fell over and broke my brake lever off. The Plastic protection that came stock on the bike is good for swatting bugs but not good for a real fall on rocks.

Thats it of for the front end so far.

I will be putting a USB charger on the bikes soon.


The KTM 690 has a gas capacity problem as do most bikes from the factory. I had to decide to I put on a RallyRaid tank kit for $3000 or do I put on a Roto Pax for $100 decision made. I didn’t want to do all the alteration to the bike and fuel pump anyway.

Actually it cost more than that because of the rear rack which is make by Tusk $180. Of note: I really though the Tusk rack and Touratech rack would work interchangeably no way. the hoope size is different. So I needed a kit to make the rack hold my RotoPax cost from Wolfman was $175, I know wow expensive. Can make your own for probably $30, I am just too lazy.

The bag on the rear rack is made by Moose Racing, $75, I really don’t like it. The rear top rack is make by Tusk it is loverly for $75, very sturdy.

All this stuff makes the bike heavy. You choose if you want to bring the stuff with you and do you want it on the bike or in a back pack on you your back. I will put on the bike.

Then I need to change a rear tire and a found there is no center stand not the 690 and I couldn’t pick the bike up high enough for my work stand, so I was left with the dilemma how to oil the chain and work on the rear end easily. The best solution is this KTM tract stand $80 and some lovely track stand pins $12. Easy as pie to lift the rear end in seconds, no effort. Love it.

The 690 in action


Finally stopped raining, until tomorrow.

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