KTM 690 Enduro Ice Machine

Posted: February 14, 2010 in Motorcycle
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Wayne & Swiss Joe dicing it up on the ice!


The ice has been pretty good this winter and we’ve been lucky enough to get out and ride most weekends.  I had a bit of a rough start with the 690 Enduro (see previous post) but now with a new front tire the bike is sorted out pretty well. This past week we got a good group of riders together and it was the first real test with the bigger bike.  I was anxious to see how it would work out and if I could keep pace with the fast riders.  The previous week I played “bike bum” and rode everyone else’s bikes with Fredette tires and I enjoyed the practice but just couldn’t get up to pace.   Now I was on my bike with Rock Central Canadian tires that I’m accustomed to and it made the difference!  Most of the day I was able to hang in there and run the pace until I got tired from working extra hard in the tight corners and switch-backs.  The extra weight and gyro effect of the big 690 motor made it a workout in the tight sections but it was a blast on the fast, sweeping back section of our track.  There were some cool, high-speed, outside passes made there! 

Trying to chase down 7.0 Joe & Swiss Joe (or at least not let them run away from me!)


We originally plowed about a mile long, fairly tight track with lots of corners and switch-backs.  About mid-day I decided I needed to build a track more suited to my strengths so I added another mile of more open, sweeping sections and that worked to my advantage.  I was able to open up some of the power advantage of the 690 bike in that section only to have the smaller, lighter bikes back on my tail in the tight stuff.  Of course some decreasing radius turns kept everybody on their toes! 

All in all I have to say that the 690 Enduro R has been an awesome all around bike.  I’ve done a lot of dual sport riding this past summer, road trips to Indy and daily commuting to work, off-road woods riding and super moto on the back roads of Wisconsin and the bike has performed flawlessly.  Now with the ice riding I have capped off a great year on the bike and it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it.  This is by far the most versatile bike I know of and it’s been a blast doing it all.   But, as with all good things, it must come to an end.  This has been my “demo” bike and demo bikes are always for sale.  Now that I’ve sorted it all out, I have it sold, and I’m sure the new owner will love it as much as I have.

Riding off into the sunset (or the fog) for one of the last times on this bike


I certainly will miss this bike but I am moving on to another one of my favorites – a KTM 950 Super Enduro – so you don’t have to feel too bad for me!  Stay tuned to see what I can do with that bike…

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