“I am a child of the winds.”
I recently said Adieu to my 2009 BMW F800 GS. I can’t exactly say I replaced the BMW with a 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R, because it was never supposed to be an either/or proposition, it just sort of happened that way. Ever since the Morocco trip, I’ve had my eyes on one. As they say, good things come to those who know when to pull the trigger. So now I cautiously embark on a journey of making the 690 just right for the riding I currently do. For the time being, that means making it a little more functional for the pavement. Out of the crate, the 690 Enduro R is a big giant dirt bike. The KTM Hardparts Touring Windscreen (or Windschild as the Austrians call it) caught my attention. I bought mine from KTM Twins in San Francisco. Nice folks, very helpful, fast shipping, all that fun stuff, and I’m not being paid to say this. The part itself is about $70 and easy to install.
Step 1: take headlight and mask assembly off by loosening 2 torx bolts. Here is a helpful tip: put a towel or clean rag on top of your front fender so you have a place to rest the headlight after you take the bolts out and proceed to step 2.
Step 2: unplug the wiring from the headlight.
Step 3: unscrew headlight from the mask. 4 torx screws.
Step 4: use the provided template to drill 4 small pilot holes in the mask. Or clamp the windscreen to the mask approximately where you want it by eyeballing it. I used a couple of welding spring clips. The template seemed a little “off” when I checked it before drilling, so I used the template as a rough guide, then clamped everything together and drilled pilot holes using the windscreen holes to be precise.
Step 5: after you feel good about your pilot holes, you are going to drill pretty big holes, 9mm in diameter, according to the installation instructions. This is so the provided bushings press in nice and tight.
Step 6: Bolt that shit together.
And here is the finished result…
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields