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  1. Can you comment on engine oil consumption and what your experience is with your 690? Did it get better or worse over time?

    1. Hello John! Overall I have to say that my 690 is not as thirsty like other 690tys out there. Since owning this bike it used about 0,4 – 0,6 Liters Engine Oil along 10000 km or about 6000 mi. The Oil consumption was nearly similar over the last 80000km. Only one time, when I tried another oil (Motul 7100 10W60 instead my preferred one: Meguin Megol Racer 10W60) the consumption increased to about 0,8 Liters along 10000km or 6000mi. Servus, Tom

  2. Hallo Tom.
    Sehr schönes Erlebnis und toll zu lesen.

    Da ich nach einigen Strassenbikes nun auf eine Tenere umgestiegen bin, möchte ich auch ähnliches wie du erleben.

    Ich wollte dich fragen wie es mit dem Fahren abseits befestigte Straßen in CZ, SK und HU aussieht?
    Wird es geduldet bzw… Wie viel deiner Strecke war wirklich abseits von Asphalt?


    1. Hallo Jürgen! Also jetzt bezogen auf den Ironside Ride kann ich dir sagen, dass von den 900 geplanten Kilometern entlang der Grenze so ca. 650-700km unbefestigte Wege (kein Asphalt) übrig geblieben sind (wobei ich wetterbedingt in Ungarn/Burgenland auf Asphalt ausweichen musste da es zu schlammig wurde). Vor allem auch in CZ wurden viele Radwege entlang der Grenze, welche früher unbefestigte Grenzkontrolstreifen waren, ausgebaut/asphaltiert. Meiner bisherigen Erfahrung nach wird in den genannten Ländern noch sehr viel toleriert. Selbiges gilt für Ostpolen und den gesamten TET-Transeurotrail Ungarn. Da gibts auch noch genug zu erleben wie meine noch erscheinenden Berichte aus 2019 zeigen werden. Die Linke zum Gruss, Tom

  3. Geniale Touren — Respekt und beste Grüße aus Oberösterreich — alleine mit der 690er hat man anscheinend weniger troubles im Fahrverbot 👍🏽

    Have Fun

    1. Hey Jürgen! Danke für die Blumen!^^
      Joa, ich habe schon auch die ein oder andere Erfahrung mit Jägern und Förstern während der letzten 4 Jahre mit meiner 690 in Österreichs Wäldern gemacht, welche aber alle glimpflich ausgingen.
      Gruß Tom

  4. Tom,
    I am enjoying your website and reading about your experiences and how you have set up your 690. Crashed my BMW G650Xcountry a couple of week’s ago, destroying mainly the instrument cluster. My stupid, my fault. BMW cannot repair as these OEM parts are no longer available. Hoping I get my bike back, with some money, and will try to source used parts and repair it myself. If it is scrapped, then I will look for a 690 and start the setup again. So I am finding your website a gold mine of information. The 690 is far more off road capable machine than the Xcountry. We have (had?) two in family. Mine and my wife’s.
    This is a note to say thank you whilst I am recovering from a fractured fibula.
    Cheers John from Australia

    1. Hey John! First off all: All the best to you and I wish u a fast recovery! Thanks for your compliments about I put plenty of effort in it so I really appreciate it! U`ve been riding a Xcountry? Cool! Bevore I bought the 690ty I was looking for a long time after a X-challenge, but this type of BMW is hard to get and nearly as hard to afford like buying a mid aged 690ty whith way less milage on it. My second option was to pimp a Xcountry to make a Xchallenge out of it. It also was hard to find a acceptable xcountry which wasn`t total rocked appart and so I begann to watch for a 690ty. After a few months the plan getting a BMW, was finally thrown away when I recognized a real good 690ty deal. Yeah and thats it why I´m now riding a 690ty. Would it be no option for you to pimp your Xcountry more to an Xchallenge? Surely, the 690ty is a great dual sport adventure bike, but when it comes to reliability the Rotax Engine of the BMW Xs is playing in another league imo. Especially in empty Australia I would have a better feeling on a BMW than on the KTM. Just my two cents. Btw.: Funny thing aside: I´ve been to OZ WA just 3 weeks ago for doing a 5000km trip with a camper. The world is tiny nowadays ^^ … . Servus, Tom

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