We all know the battles between the different adventure bikes out there, so we won’t cover old ground (except KTM is the daddy!). We had chosen to take the KTM 690 Enduro, and we have extolled its many virtues and highlighted its weaknesses. The platform had been set, and now we were looking to transform this bike into a vehicle that would overcome some of the hardest terrain out there. So after looking at numerous companies that could build and guide us through this transition we ended up speaking KTM basel and the amazing Jeroen about his new kit the ‘Quest’. Now once we started talking to Jeroen about what we wanted from the bike, and what it had to do he instantly knew what we needed and didn’t need, as Jeroen himself has travelled all over South America on a KTM 660 Rally.
Once we had seen the kit and actually rode it we knew that it was the perfect choice for long distance travels! The attention to detail and the quality of the kit is second to none, with KTM Basel tirelessly always working on improving and upgrading the kit you couldn’t ask for a better kit.
We cannot thank KTM Basel and Jeroen enough for helping us through our travels, whether that is talking us through a leaky fuel hose in the middle of Ethiopia or showing us some good ole’ fashion bush mechanics.
Below is listed all the benefits of the Defy Quest Kit….
TRAVEL RANGE TAKEN TO EXTREMES
The original KTM 690 Enduro is already famous for its low fuel consumption. Adding the Quest kit with a capacity of 32 litres, divided over 3 tanks (front: 2 x 9 litres, rear: 14 litres) will allow for extreme long travel range. Travellers state that the Quest kit can take them over 800km of on-road use.
The design of the tanks is slim and weight distribution of the gasoline is as far down as possible which guarantees you the perfect off-road handling and that “ultra-light” feeling. The knee position is natural and not bent outwards as you would be with other hi-capacity fuel tanks.
All 3 tanks are made out of nylon in a rotating mold, making them extremely durable. Installed using rubber mounts to withstand the pounding and vibrations of off-road use, these tanks are almost unbreakable!
Every experienced off-road rider will agree. A seat must be slim and high. Slim to have the best contact with your bike while riding off-road, high to be able to stand up easily when riding through potholes and rough terrain.
We chose to use a “Selle Dalla Valle” seat for the perfect balance between slim, height and comfort. The seat is made from wild-leather look and a small cardholder is added to the front of the seat to give it the perfect “Rally” look. Details are important!
GOOD LIGHTS MATTER
Whoever travels knows that good lighting makes the difference. Although you may plan not to ride at night, the fact is that it will happen… At least once…
We did not save a penny on the lighting system and used the best on the market. The lights are mounted inside rubber to withstand the toughest conditions and they are adjustable by moving the base plate.
AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE AS ON THE OUTSIDE
Details are what make a travel kit perfect! We spent weeks tinkering, fine tuning, adjusting and perfecting every single part. You will notice this when you first unpack your kit and install it on your bike. It will fit perfectly! Don’t you hate those clumps of wires inside your bike? We hate them too so we made base plates to tuck away every single plug making your electrical system look neat and tidy like a Not only is this important for fitting the kit, but also as you travel. A clean setup providing easy maintenance will help you on the road. We can proudly say that the 690 Quest is as beautiful without the fairing as it is with!
PROTECTING YOU AND YOUR EQUIPMENT AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
Stylish 4 piece glass fiber fairing assembled together with stainless steel hardware, the fairing is not just a holder for your sticker kit. It will protect you and your expensive navigation equipment against dirt, dust and the elements. We chose to make it out of 4 separate parts to ensure it will withstand the extreme vibrations of off-road riding and make possible, the repair or replacement only the damaged panel(s) in a worst case scenario.
The fairing is perfectly moulded, rugged and reinforced with Kevlar in high stress areas, all with a perfect finish. Out of the box it’s ready to receive the sticker kit. If you wish you can spray it in any colour and will not need any filler or hours of sanding… Just a perfect high-quality finish!
The fairing is installed on the bike with 4 high-quality quick connectors that make it extremely easy to remove. As the finishing touch, it’s delivered standard with an aluminium grill, not only for better looks but also for better cooling of the bike.