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5 Custom Adventure Bikes Built By “Real People”

 These impressive bike builds will inspire you to start your next project.

Published on 02.12.2014

5. KTM 690 Enduro Adventure

One of the most capable off-road Adventure Bikes ever produced was the KTM 640 Adventure. Unfortunately, the bike went out of production in 2008 when KTM began producing the 690 Enduro. The 690 Enduro is a formidable off-road bike offering a 62 hp fuel-injected motor and race ready suspension. Unfortunately, the 690 Enduro isn’t setup for true long-distance Adventure Travel. Everyone was expecting KTM to produce an “Adventure” version of the bike, but seven years later we are still waiting for this model to appear.

Some are not content with waiting and have built their own KTM 690 Adventure. One of these builders is the same guy that built the previously mentioned Yamaha WR250X Girlfriend Bike. If he created that bike for his girlfriend, you can imagine he built something pretty special for himself. The bike he built is a KTM 690 Enduro that has been converted into a true Adventure Touring Bike. We think this might be the perfect balance between off-road and pavement riding. An Adventure Bike that can power through any terrain, but still ride comfortably on large stretches of highway.

KTM 690 Enduro / Adventure

Some of the modifications include a comfort seat, tall windscreen, HID lighting kit, Touratech panniers and a Scotts Steering damper. Fuel capacity was increased from 3.2 gallons (12 L) to 6.9 gallons (26 L) with a Safari tank. (photo courtesy Smugmug/mtntrails)

KTM 690 Adventure Bike

This is the 690 Adventure KTM should have made. (photo courtesy Smugmug/mtntrails)

You can find out more details about this bike on the ADVRider Forum.

Author: Rob Dabney


Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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  1. I did something similar with my Husky TE630–Safari Tank, hard bags, small windshield, rack, guards–some say I took a perfectly good dirt bike and turned it into a KLR…..Tom in Salem

  2. The SV650 is a nice custom but about as unsuited for adventure riding as a Goldwing. It would be a short race to see if the oil cooler or the radiator got destroyed first. Luckily the lack of luggage capability would not leave you far to push it home.

    • Or the exhaust…
      Suzuki made the V-strom for this purpose, so modding an SV650 into an adventure bike is a waste of time, effort, and money. Kudos to that guy for the fabrication skills though.

  3. Suzuki DR650 is the best platform to start with. You can build a really cool bike that is bullet-proof and nearly 100 lbs lighter then the FS800 or similar bikes. Capable of going anywhere a motorcycle can travel, narrower, very dirt capable with upgraded suspension, tons of after-market parts available. Much more maneuverable then an Africa Twin, GS or even KTM due to the lighter weight and smaller profile.

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