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Don't know if the weight is an issue but would a kickstand pivot work better when in the garage?
Possibly if I had to turn left, but I'm turning right. I recall KTM did not recommend putting any extra weight on the 520's kickstand. I do not see the same warning on this one, but I'll probably still avoid it.
 

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update..
Been riding the 690 on the BDR this week. This is an absolutely phenomenal bike for this ride. It has the exact right amount of power to keep me endlessly entertained on the ride. It just handles beautifully in both the dirt and on some truly awesome paved twisties of the MABDR.
Could not be more satisfied with the versatility of the bike. I'm turning into a fan-boy from a once skeptic. This bike was exactly what I hoped it would be.

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You know...i have no one to blame but myself. Too much praise, before getting home.

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Still a fan of the bike. But this was not helpful out on tbe BDR today.
 

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Definitely a coolant leak. Just wasn't sure the source. I was concerned it might have been a radiator hole.

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Top right corner was wet.

I was 3+ hours into my ride when I found it. Decided to see if I could baby it home keeping an eagle eye on the temp indicator.

So 10 hours and 300+ miles i made the longest dirt bike ride of my life.

Temp stayed good the whole way. Which made me suspicious it might be the overflow tank. Checked the level after the bike cooled. Radiator is full to the top. Guessing some 7 year old hose i can't see may be rotted and split.

Oh well, guess I'm riding the SAS tomorrow. :p
 

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That's not so bad. I recommend switching to Evans Waterless coolant. It does not pressurize so you can do a quick steel repair and keep moving.
 

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Despite the coolant issue, now that I'm home I still have to say this is a wonderful bike. It was really enjoyable riding a vintage motorcycle on the MABDR. Something about riding a bike without ABS, traction control, engine modes, speed shifter, slipper clutch, cruse control...just made the experience enjoyable. It confirmed I haven't lost my riding skills yet, and it was fun being fully in charge of the controls again.

Sure at one point the tires tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Hey dummy, we're knobbies.' I was getting a little too aggressive in a paved hairpin when I got on the edge of the knobbies and I guess they folded over. The front wheel lurched a bit to the inside and woke me up, but other than that, the bike was a blast on both the paved and dirt.

The bike earned a break, and I'll get it up on the table and see what's happening with that overflow tank or hoses.

 

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Took the bike to a KTM dealer today. Tech looked it over, crawled around on the ground, then speculated it just burped an air bubble. Based on everything I told him, and the fact I rode the bike to the dealership and it was dry when he was looking at it, that all he could figure.

I told him I had flushed the coolant about 2 months ago, and that I followed the book for burping. He said they don't really find the book is adequate and they spend a lot more time heating up the bike and running it around to burp it. He thought there may have been something trapped at the bottom. The "leak" happened after I rode a particularly rough section of the MABDR which jostled around the bike pretty well. That was another reason to think a burp. He told me to ride it normally and don't baby it and let him know if it happens again.
 
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