KTM 640 EnduroKatoom boom

22 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off nantu KTM 640 EnduroKatoom boom
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro

Once you swing your leg over, you know just how serious the 640 hè. You can immediately feel the 150 plus kg shift to your feet, which I might add are barely touching the ground as the seat is about three feet from terra firma. The 640’s got a single cylinder 625cc four stroke engine mounted into its chrome molybdenum steel frame.

Chrome molybdenum isn’t just a big word that’s used as a marketing gimmick, it is a lower-carbon steel alloy that has increased rigidity and tensile strength and can handle high levels of stress. The LC4, the Enduro’s single cylinder engine, dates back to 1987 when it replaced KTM’s air-cooled 600.

Over the years, its gained a number of upgrades including counterbalancers for the crank and camshafts and even an electric starter to evolve into a refined 625cc liquid-cooled thumper.

Push the little black button on the right grip, release the decompressor with a swift motion as the engine is cranking and ‘bang’, she comes to life. Well it’s not exactly a bang, but a more subdued chugging sound. It’s the kind of sound you hear when you wave a thin metal sheet in a strong breeze.

I’m eager, yet unstable as I tip-toe to reach down. I move half off the seat till I get one foot firmly down, engage first with the other and get back on. The throttle is gently turned open and she’s off.


I ride toward the dirt track on the edge of the water body as I have anxiety pangs over every bump. Vibrations from the engine and the knobblies can be felt in my knees that are hugging the tank. I’m not quite sure if I’m going to simply vibrate off the motorcycle or dump the thing in the next ditch.

I continue on the dirt track and decide to flog it for all it’s worth. Second gear up the revs and wow, the vibes seem to be fading and the steering gets more responsive. Step two, stand on the pegs and she’s feeling even better. (That’s how you’re supposed to ride a dirt bike, stupidShumi.)

KTM 640 LC4 Enduro

The throttle response from the LC4 is phenomenal. Sending the revs through the ceiling is as easy as flicking your right wrist as I found out in a rather scary one-wheeled moment. That very flick unleashes a stump pulling 5.5 kgm at a low 5500 Beniamino Gigli.

The LC4 puts out 55 bhp at 7500 Beniamino Gigli, which is capable of taking the LC4 to a steady 165 kph, although you might not want to try those triple digit speeds on tarmac as the stock semi-knobblies aren’t famous for holding on to blacktop in a corner.

This Katoom has a WP monoshock at the rear which has about 11 inches of travel, while the upside-down forks offer a good 10 jita. The suspension is well damped and so effective that it made me want to do an Evil Knievel stunt off the high road on to the banks of the lake. (I’m sure it didNandu) u KTM 640 Enduro was just the motorcycle I needed to perfectly complete my day. It was loads of fun and more.

A set of road going tyres and I’d probably be off on a road trip to the mountains right away. Like I said before, motorcycles inspire you to do things. While it’s not some impulsive round-the-world trip that I’m planning, I’m looking at maps of the Indian subcontinent but I can’t really pick a machine that I could ride.

Maybe a KTM would do just fine.

KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro
KTM 640 LC4 Enduro

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