First off what are the key differences from the last generation (2014-2018) 690’s?
The big-ticket items are:
-Additional balancing shaft in the engine for less vibration.
-New resonator chamber that balances out pulses in the inlet tract to smooth throttle response.
-Electronics suite featuring lean-angle sensitive traction control, cornering ABS
-Slight fuel capacity increase (3.6 gallons)
Will all of these stats add up to a worthy successor to the 690 throne?
The updated LC4 engine promises to be refined while still producing more power and it finally received the additional balancing shaft that has been part of the Husqvarna 701’s appeal. Electronic rider aids will surely be useful, but we wonder if they will take away from the overall dirt bike feel of this big enduro? As for the frame tweaks and new suspension, only seat time will tell, but nearly anything in the suspension department will be better than previous iterations. Overall we are very excited to get our hands on one and believe it still very much has a place in KTM’s lineup given its impressive weight/power ratio and impressive off-road credentials.
With the new KTM 690's due to arrive in US dealerships this month, we should have a thorough review shortly. We will also be able to tell customers with certainty which products and parts with directly cross over from the older models. While youwait, shop our current 690 parts selection!
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As many of you know, we have been running a photo contest for the last two weeks on our Instagram account. Yesterday we selected the semi-finalists and are excited to showcase their shots while also opening up voting for the grand prize winner. These five riders are competing for $200 in KTM Twins cash and bragging rights until our next contest.