Love this bike. Lots of nice revisions and tweaks from its debut… Im a BMW fan but they havent made a decent all purpose thumper since the G650X. Waiting for a new one but no luck yet They tried with a nice 650 Husqvarna but it got slashed when BMW sold the brand just after one year on the market.
The KTM 690 Enduro R is light weight for an almost 700cc single and is a compromise “do-everything” from 450cc to 800cc twin territory. Definitely better spec’d than dated KLR and DR bikes and unfortunately as decent as the BMW G650GS singles are they are much heavier and have inferior suspension over the KTM 690. It’s no wonder the 690 Enduro R has taken a large following in just a few years on the market.
This guy in the video is kinda funny but if you know the bike you’ll get it without his commentary.
Cheers, from a still very wintery Ottawa.
God I love this bike.
Pictured is my very own F800GS that I took photos of this past weekend. It’s winter here in cold Ottawa Ontario and all I can do is stare at it until the freezing cold goes away next month… hopefully.
I just started it up and took it for a spin around the warehouse… Soon enough, it will be spring! :)
Here is Video 1 that I finally got to this past week. Enjoy.
KTM´S RALLY REPLICA BIKE AVAILABLE TO ORDER!
Well for many of us you love the rally bikes, we are stating to see some of the major manufactures starting to respond to a growing niche market of riders who want an all inclusive bike whose only other option would be to buy a stock bike and rebuild it from scratch or be an actual pro and have your team do it.
It must be said, there is nothing like the feeling of working on your own bike, however, it nice to be able to buy a good foundation to work from with many of the custom parts already mounted… which means, more time for riding.
This week KTM announced the 450 Rally Rep that won the Dakar for 2014 is now available for general public to take and dealers will be taking orders. It does come however at a price. The Rally bike will start at approximately 24,000 euros.
Other similar bikes at first glance that are offered to the public the GASGAS 450cc Rally ready bike.
KTM 450 Rally Bike
KTM 450 Rally Bike
By the great folks at http://www.graveltravel.ca, a new set of Roaming Rally’s sets up for this year.
Unlike the popular Roaming Rally that has officially run the past three consecutive years, this year there will be three versions to please all adventure/dual-sport/off-road rally style rider alike.
Version 1 is the same type that we are all familiar with. The Roaming Rally 2014 which will be around Easter Ontario.
Version 2 is a longer adventure type intended for larger bikes. They are calling this the “explorer edition” and will allow for dirt travel through parts of Quebec.
Version 3 is a rally raid style ride. I don’t know all the details but it will require a technical bike and experience as well as a proper GPS and Road Book.
Regardless of which one you choose, they all sound like they will be good fun and there will be some good riding.
For more info, check out GravelTravel.ca.
I know these guys personally and have been on the Roaming Rally before, great guys and a great time.
While the new 2014 Roaming Rally being put on by the boys at http://www.graveltravel.ca prepare and gear up for the new rides this year… many post about the rally are emerging as other riders, much like myself, are building excitement for the new riding season here in Eastern Canada and North Eastern US.
So I couldn’t help notice video I actually haven’t seen from last years rally (Roaming Rally 2013) and thought I’d share it as it was quite fun to watch some of the sections we tackled last year.
Video by Nolan Watts on Vimeo
While I get my crap together to start editing some footage from the 2013 Roaming Rally in Ontario Canada, take a look at the 2014 Dakar Teaser.