KTM calls the new 2019 690 Enduro R the Ace of All Surfaces, and that may be true but where does it land between the 500 EXC-F and 790 Adventure R?
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)
What KTM has to say: Ride from home and feel the adrenaline build while chasing tarmac curves towards your favorite offroad location. No trailer required just twist the throttle of the all-new KTM 690 ENDURO R, which really comes into its own when the dirt begins, and the trail gets more extreme. Its new chassis, revised styling, and an updated version of the trusted 690 LC4 motor are enhanced by upgraded electronics and new WP XPLOR suspension. Master more challenging terrain on this lightweight, high-performance king of versatility.
By the Numbers:
Engine Design: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement: 690 cm³
Bore: 105 mm
Stroke: 80 mm
Power: 55 kW
Lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Cooling: Liquid Cooled
Clutch: PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
Frame Design: Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front Suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm
Rear Suspension: WP shock absorber with Pro-Lever linkage
ABS: Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
Ground Clearance: 270 mm / 10.6 in
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 250 mm / 9.8 in; 250 mm / 9.8 in
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 l / 3.6 gal
Seat Height: 35.8 in
Dry Weight: 321.9 lbs.
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 you wait, shop our current 690 parts selection!
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