2007 KTM 690 Supermoto — Grand Funk Moto — Press Launches — Cycle Canada

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2007 KTM 690 Supermoto — Funk Moto

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KTM atones for its past and finally gets a supermoto right. KTM’s 690 Supermoto, the manufacturer’s ultimate road-going is also an ideal track so to the racetrack we take it, first to of Willow Springs during the official California press then to Shannonville’s Nelson during a media day hosted by KTM

Willow and Shannonville are tight, and have corners where a handlebar will aid in muscling the through cramped back-to-back But we approach the 690 with reservations; the 625 SMC in these pages in 2005 is fresh in our minds, and on our buttocks.

a lot smoother than the old Supermoto,” are the from a nervously chuckling KTM before we hit the track at Willow. He was to the 625. It is nearly impossible to how severe the vibration was on the 625.

our test of the machine in Daytona two ago, riders stepped off 30 kilometres, rubbing their while internal organs And there was no way to skirt the vibes. shifting and keeping the revs made it shake and revving it changed the frequency of the vibration, hands, feet and rump.

Exacerbating the bone-rattling vibration was a and narrow plank of a seat felt like it was going to your buns.

But we won’t you waiting on the verdict: the vibration, heavens, is gone. The capacity of the is only up marginally, to 654 cc, but this is no resizing of a shaky old engine. new, the engine now sports the novel of features: a gear balance shaft.

KTM literature it this way, “A big forward in engine performance,” can be interpreted as KTM’s apology for the hammering.

But it also refers to the newfound performance. The 690 is the most single-cylinder motorcycle we’ve ridden. Fuel injection is a for a KTM single, sourced from and it allows the 690 to breathe through a 46 mm body, compared to the 40 mm Mikuni on the 625but that’s only the

An Electronic Power Throttle is not a fly by wire systema throttle connects to the throttle valvebut an controlled servomotor can close the slightly to maximize torque or wheel spin if revs A drawback of big singles and twins can be engine braking if the throttle is shut, but the EPT delays the butterfly’s to smooth the transition and help rear wheel hop.

Honda’s newest CBR600RR a similar approach, but uses a servo-controlled intake air-bleed Appearing almost mundane to the wizardry are the automatic cold and idle functions and the altitude And if your riding is so balls-to-the-wall that it’s too much for the EPT to a Ducati-style APTC slipper prevents the rear wheel locking and sliding.

Even the engine is unrecognizable from the generation Supermoto, there are reminders that you’re not a bland commuter. KTM seems to worked out the seating on its twin-cylinder and the 690 seat is wider and more than on its predecessor, but even at the where normally you wouldn’t a hard seat because otherwise occupied, it is like on a guardrail.

But the power is enough to you from your numbing Claimed horsepower is 63 and torque 48 which is almost what current twins of similar produce. Claimed dry weight is 152 kg (335 lb), not bad for a big-bore single.

Vibration is a non-issue until the 8,000 rpm redline, but with a transmission it’s easy to make haste without to the moon. Even at steady exceeding the national limit, the 690 comfortably smooth; we’re to forget the arduous time endured on the last Supermoto. manners are composed, considering you get overly zealous applying the from a stop.

Bottom-end is brutish, which usually high rpm power suffers, but not so the 690; it just keeps hard until redline. gearing is very tall, of the six gears used around A moderately aggressive twist of the grip while turning a stop provides a forceful push that quickly, yet kicks the rear tire especially on cold pavement. these low-speed slides is easy, and probably attributable to the EPT

Even with vigourous use, the 690 manages 6.5 L/100 km (43 for a modest range of 208 km from its fuel tank.

The single frame of the 625 is gone, replaced by a trellis frame similar to the 950 Supermoto. Steering geometry is not with 26-degrees of rake, a 112 mm of trail and 1,460 mm (57.5 separating the wheels. The Brooklyn look-alike swingarm is a rigid with the normally hidden ribs on the outside. Handling is once you get acclimated to the ultra-light from the wide handlebar.

KTM 690 Supermoto
KTM 690 Supermoto

The lofty centre of gravity, seat (875 mm, or 34.5 and long-travel suspension exaggerate the of corneringquick transitions make it like you’re vaulting on the end of a tracking is true and the Bridgestone BT-090 tires stick fly strips. Despite its height the 690 can be from vertical to full in an instant.

Extreme lean are attained with confidence always the case with a machine), and stability is excellent, with the throttle held wide open through fast and bumpy first Aside from being the 690 is also the best handling bike we’ve ever

Most distinctive on the 690 are the tongue-depressor fairing and the nearly vertical exhaust canisters. Looking a like stacks from a crossed with a canister cleaner, they emit the so beloved by singles enthusiasts.

It is unusual to see a sporting machine a single front disc, but the Brembo 320 mm rotor and four-piston caliper slow the proceedings and fade free without unnecessary unsprung weight. off-road roots are prominent on the 690 Supermoto; the upright riding and the steel footpegs are pure and the single-cheek seat encourages you to be a active rider and weight the

Even with the massive bestowed upon the 690 it remains a focused machine. Most would probably be better by the twin-cylinder 950 supermoto or the superb 990 Duke, but for those enthusiasts who pen letters to motorcycle magazines for the return of the single-cylinder motorcycle, notice: you may never have a single than this.

the Saddle

After riding the 990 Duke and the 950 Supermotoboth agile first Streets of Willow track session on the KTM 690 Supermoto is switching to a 10-speed. On my first through the hairpin I gain on the old man himself, our British Isles Alan Cathcart, yet despite the light weight and agility, I into the corner too hard and off the inside of the track, which to an unsettling moment where the wheel tries to lead the way to the corner.

With the wheel sorted (front first rear) the Supermoto truly me. I’m not so sure I have the effect on Mr. Cathcart.

Neil Graham

Okay, so the 690 looks funky. Newly Motorcyclist editor Brian likens its nose to Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy characters, an association I made even before reading review. I wouldn’t call it but any time a motorcycle’s styling is it had better have the performance to up for its lack of visual appeal. And the 690

Never have I been so by a single, without being This thing absolutely on winding roads, yanks arms straight between track day aficionados beware, some extra room at the because although the 690 will some ground to faster on the straights, it won’t stay for long.

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