After a couple of hundred miles on the 690, there are a few things that need to be addressed in order to fully enjoy this awesome dual-sport bike.
First on the list of things to do was to add a RAM mount to the handlebars to hold my phone. I also went ahead and added battery tender lead that, along with the proper adapter, will allow me to plug in my heated jacket liner or 12V power socket.
The next area for improvement was to address comfort. The stock seat is hard and narrow. I don’t expect the seat on a dual-sport bike to be all day comfortable, but I found that the stock seat is only good for about 20 minutes of street riding so there’s certainly room for improvement. I decided to order a seat from Seat Concepts hoping that it would be better than the seat that came on the bike.
The 690 doesn’t come with any kind of windscreen which results in quite a lot of wind pressure on my torso at highway speeds. To address this, I ordered the KTM Powerparts windscreen. The KTM screen is short but I’m hoping it deflects enough air to ease the constant wind blast when riding on the street.
For storage, I ordered a Wolfman Enduro tank bag. The tank bag along with the Wolfman Wolf tail bag should be enough daily use and short day trips. I like to carry a few necessary items such as a small toolkit, a clear windscreen, a sweatshirt, some electronic gadgets and related cords as well as a bottle of water. These two bags should give me enough storage without taking up too much space or adding too much weight.
I’ll post the results of these upgrades once everything arrives and gets installed.