The 690 ENDURO R returns to the KTM line-up with new engine, suspension, a bigger tank, plus a braking and power mode electronic package.
KTM has launched a new generation of the 690 Enduro R model at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show. The dual-sport, trail-friendly 690 Enduro R had a strong following in its orginal version and will be a welcome addition back in the off road market with healthy changes to the overall engine and chassis package for 2019.
Though the LC4 engine has been around for over 30 years now it is at the eart of the new 690 Enduro R’s revamp with more power and torque – 74 hp and 73.5 Nm – which comes complete with “refined delivery, improved smoothness, response and efficiency” KTM says.
They also point out the LC4 engine is “in constant evolution from KTM’s racing activity using single-cylinder engines on and off-road in world championship competition.” An increasing range of ‘mono’ engine road bikes take the LC4 engine for their power plant also and this is no “old dog” in new clothes.
Mid-weight, dual-sport trail bike.
The evolution of the 690 Enduro R has meant retaining everything that was good about the previous model and building on that, KTM claims. Under the new seat and fresh bodywork – both sharpened for style as well as better movement on the bike – is an all-new chassis.
“Designed to be confidence-inspiring with ease of handling, it is ready to tackle everything from easy trails to extreme off-road obstacles as well as being a competent street bike.” Says KTM press material.
An increased fuel tank capacity of 13.5litres is 1.5litres larger than teh previous model and will please the trail riders using the Enduro R for long days and adventure riding.
Equipped with CNC milled hubs mated to high-end 21" and 18" rims now fitted with dual-purpose Mitas E07 tyres as standard.
It also now features fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension more like that on the enduro range but obviously adapted to the dual-sport nature of the 690 Enduro R and of course its weight.
Adapted from the KTM EXC range, the WP XPLOR fork provides a split-damping system and is bolted to the main chassis’ lightweight sections of the chrome-molybdenum steel tube via highly rigid and forged triple clamps. The linkage-type WP XPLOR shock absorber, connected to the single-piece cast swingarm, produces a progressive suspension character and high resistance against bottoming out.
New electronics package.
The new 690 Enduro R is equipped with an array of electronic, including lean angle sensitivity to braking and traction functions, it also boasts two different ride modes – Street and Off-road. These can be switched from the handlebar to provide different behaviour from the throttle response and traction control systems.
Off-road ABS allows rear wheel lock-up and reduced ABS on the front wheel while motor slip regulation (MSR) is an engine brake control designed to prevent rear wheel lock-up – even on low grip surfaces – perfect for street riding KTM says. We’re not sure at time of writing if this can be switched off totally for dirt riding or not.
The addition of the Quickshifter is something new for an ‘enduro’ bike and will be interesting to try on the dirt. It produces effortless, clutch-less up and downshifting through the six-speed transmission.
KTM says the KTM 690 ENDURO R is a “true long-distance off-road machine for riders who don’t want to trailer a machine to find the next unexplored path. No road or route is impossible – enduro for hours.”
We look forward to giving it a test.
KTM 690 ENDURO R technical specifications:
Engine: Single-cylinder, l/c, 4-stroke, 4v, OHC
Bore / stroke: 105 / 80mm
Torque: 73.5 Nm @ 6,500rpm
Compression ratio: 12.7:1
Starter system: E-starter / Lithium Ion 12V 8,6Ah
Fuel system: Keihin EFI (throttle body 50mm)
Primary drive: 36:79
Final drive: 16:40
Clutch: PASCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Traction control: MTC (2-mode, dis-engageable)
Chassis: Chromium-molybdenum-steel trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe: Self-supporting plastic tank
Handlebars: Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28 / 22 mm
Front suspension: WP USD XPLOR 48
Rear suspension: WP shock absorber with Pro-Lever linkage type
Suspension travel: 250 / 250mm
Front brake: Brembo 2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 300 mm
Rear brake: Brembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
ABS: Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering ABS and off road mode, dis-engageable)
Wheels: Spoked wheels with aluminum rims, (F) 1.85 × 21"; (R) 2.50 × 18"
Tyres: (F) 90/90-21"; (R) 140/80-18"
Chain: X-Ring 5/8 × 1/4"
Steering angle: 62.3°
Ground clearance: 270mm
Seat height: 910mm
Fuel capacity: 13.5 litres (approx.)
Dry weight: 146 kg (approx. without fuel)
More information: KTM.com
Photo Credit: KTM/Future7Media/Andrea Belluschi
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org