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2012 KTM 690 Enduro R Review

the Limits of KTM’s  690

It is a busy month for the big duallies. I get to both the new Husqvarna TR650 and the KTM It has been two years since I much time with the big so it is nice to be reacquainted with it particularly after experiencing the new

Yes, don’t worry, I talk about how the two match up in a feature. It is the most common I have received all month.

I last set out on a trip with the 690 it was for a feature on MotorcycleUSA. We were it to the BMW 800GS. Over the course of thousand odd miles of wandering the back roads of Idaho, the 690 to be the master of the dirt.

Next to the BMW it felt like a refugee the motocross track.

However, was an adventure bike trek and we did not see rough terrain. So this around, I was determined to find out the true limits of the 690 are in real For testing, I headed out on a two day dual ride where it would to follow a KTM 530exc around and go ever it went.

On the surface, it like a year of bold new but there are some significant underneath. For 2012, the KTM 690 Enduro a mild make over. The now features a longer … to bump the displacement from to a full 690cc.

Claimed output is up to 66hp and 49 foot of torque.

The seat is mildly to give a flatter and wider a nice improvement. The headlight is now worthy of a street bike a much larger reflector and H4 bulb. New shrouds and graphics the look up to date with the KTM off road bikes.

Suspension travel is slightly to 250mm at both ends to the traditional tall seat of the 690. New spring rates the ride and for a compliant street The Pirelli MT21 tires a nice balance of dirt and performance.

As a KTM, the 690 Enduro many top of the line components six speed transmission, slipper hydraulic clutch actuation, WP fork, linkage rear 300mm floating front brake,3.2 gallon fuel Renthal Fat bars, plastic plate and wrap around

In one sense, my job is just to sit around and motorcycles all day. It makes easy and we always seem to better about the world we can put things in their proper Give me some criteria and ask me “what is the best bike”, I can up with a couple of good to match the criteria.

However, we get into adventure bikes, it all very fuzzy. Heck, the category is full of buyers who do not to fit in anywhere! The 690 is a bike that is at not fitting in anywhere too.

By one it may be the absolute best, but try to stuff it another category and it might be the

The good news is that judged simply on merit, it up with some very marks. It is not just me saying I hear it from owners all the

When I last rode the 690 I it high marks for the dirt and low for the street. But I never got the chance to test the limits in the dirt, so is where I focused this around. We were headed off on a dual sport ride and to see as little of society and pavement as

I was a little concerned at first. The was already planned and I had intended to my 450. At the last minute, I I needed to do it with the 690, to some real dirt and it a proper workout.

The first few were a little disconcerting. A few potholes on the dirt road the rear shock to bottom I quickly added a few clicks of low compression to the shock.

That improvement, but more clicks eventually needed to get me through the at a moderate pace.

The first or so of the ride I spent at a very pace as I got the feel for the bike and the The Pirelli MT21 is a nice choice for the bike. They a wide variety of terrain, yet a distinct emphasis towards off They have a decent span.

Their only shortcoming might be muddy

As I started testing the limits of I gained more confidence. One of the 690 that really stood out was the way the tire tracked in the sand and conditions. Sand is certainly the of most adventure bikes. the weight of the fuel back on the wheel instead of up high in the 690 sails right through the of terrain.

We rode down a of long sand washes I could treat it like a dirt bike, pushing the hard into the corners issue, very nice.

the weight cannot just it is hanging out over the rear Most of the time there is particularly noticeable about arrangement. Yet every once in a the rear will start sideways for no apparent reason.

For example on side hills, the weight works to push the down the hill. Typically, it is of consequence, but combine that too much throttle and the rear really start to step

Overall, the weight distribution out well on the 690. The claimed dry is about 310lbs, but I believe a curb weight is closer to All things considered, it acts a much lighter bike.

confidence in the front tire, it can some serious speed in the hands.

The biggest hindrance to fast is the very soft The shock is particularly soft and a gentle pace in rough By comparison, the fork seems Where I had to add compression adjustments to the I never touched the fork.

It was but would handle more the shock could, there was not reason to mess with it.

The motor works pretty off road. It has lots of torque, but on smooth. The control of the fuel is very precise. For most roads it needs little and blasts along very

It fits in nicely as part of the riding the 690 on any moderately smooth road feels like luxury. Even the 530exc not match that sensation.

Any the speeds are down to below the motor takes a little work and attention. Once we hit the single track trail, I it better to keep the bike in gear as much as possible. Any you shift into first and to use the clutch, it takes a delicate to keep both the throttle and working well together. The starts to heat up quickly.

The fan on regularly, but the bike does not

Fortunately, the motor is almost to stall. It will lug down to a stop without hesitation or It never suffers from outs. Once I got the hang of it, I make good time the trail.

Again, the confidence in the tire is a huge boost.

In two of exploring various roads and the only places I chose not to go the hardest of the single tracks, for fear of scratching up KTM’s bike too much. Admittedly, the of the 690 is a bit vulnerable. It has a plastic skid but with the trellis style it is only a minimal amount of for the engine cases against big

The rear brake master is also very exposed.

As for impressions from riding a real dirt bike for a of hundred miles; the big single KTM is capable off road. It will go far the needs of most riders for this class of bike. riding I find it easy to that I am aboard a small bike, it is just a dirt

On the street

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As I said, anytime the opens up, be it dirt or pavement, the 690 like the Cadillac of dirtbikes. next to the 500exc or XR650, is a level above. The additional now starts to work in the 690’s contributing to stability and smooth

It would be a great choice for a down the Peninsula of Baja.

brings us up to talking about the 690 as a street bike. The biggest to real street use is the vibration. For off road riding, any vibration is and never seems to intrude on the

Once on the highway, particularly at near 65mph and above, a vibration comes through the

At the steady cruise, the vibes are not too but once the motor is under a it increases significantly.  The is turning 4500rpms at 65mph and it is well into the power Taller gearing would the street feel some.

than vibration, the 690 is good on the Yet it will never be the kind of that beckons to chew up long highway miles. For rides, there is an aspect of the 690 can only come out on a twisty of tarmac.

The KTM is a fantastic partner for a down your favorite or mountain road. The power on around 3500rpms and builds from there. The six speed shifts smoothly and always has the gear ratio. The real note is the slipper clutch.

The 690 to be upset by aggressive downshifts, no blip needed.

The chassis is impressive. While the suspension can harsh at times, it really alive once pushed. It has a couple of rough spots, but is enough for hard braking.

The floating front rotor and caliper are very strong and good feel.

The dirt seating position offers of room to move around for The wide bars give control and feel. The flip is that this makes the a big sail in the wind for longer

The footpegs are far enough forward they don’t allow you to forward to help offset the

While I often bemoan the that we still can’t buy an rally replica ADV bike, the is that such a bike be heavier and more cumbersome. It also be more expensive and I be less inclined to tackle terrain on it.

As it is, the KTM 690 Enduro R is the king of the dirt for bore dual sport It will also out hustle any of down a twisty backroad. It is the expensive of the lot, by a fair It does not take much to see where the money went, top equipment everywhere you look.

It is but the value is there also.

I cannot find too much to My biggest criticisms from the test, the seat and headlight, been addressed. Someone in must have taken my to heart and fixed them for me.

the one thing that struck me the about my time on the 690, was it made me forget about to figure out its place in the food It is simply a motorcycle that I had of fun riding. Off road I was not thinking it weight or size, just what might lie beyond the turn.

With some to the suspension, it would be ready for real off road adventure.

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