KTM 690 SMC and Enduro R — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Three six-ninetys

Test and by Chris Pickett

THE idea of one engine and chassis package to a number of different machines is a way to approach things. With minor changes we get a supermoto, a big enduro, and an outback adventure showing the true flexibility of the design.

Mechanical review

Torque is no stranger to the KTM 690 single – tested a number of models this engine – so we’ll a recap of the basic mechanical

Many a great KTM has been the of the LC4 moniker, but in our opinion this is the big bore single cylinder KTM ever.

654cc, 11.8:1 ratio, dual oil pumps, start, fuel injection, and a gearbox with a slipper as standard.

High spec and of grunt on tap.

Chassis-wise, KTM with its chrome-moly trellis to house the engine and ancillaries.

For suspension KTM uses White (it owns the company).

Both the R and the SMC use 48mm forks with of travel. At the rear, the Enduro R has of travel from its WP monoshock, the SMC has 10mm less travel.

bikes weigh much the have the same size tank and generally speaking are the machine overall.

The main being the 17 inch rims and big brake on the SMC compared to the more orientated 18/21 inch combination on the ‘R’

KTM Australia decided to it one step further, modifying a Enduro R to turn it into an off adventure machine. The bike was to cover the recent Australian in the hands of a journo, so not only did it to be quick, it had to have a bigger range and handle the conditions.

Taking the standard machine, KTM in a set of longer travel MX forks to with the extra weight of the 18 Safari fuel tank a total capacity of 30 litres the standard underseat fuel A foam filter element the standard paper unit and aggressive tyres were

To keep the rider abreast of they were going was a map while the original instruments slightly modified to accept the map

A taller accessory screen KTM Power Parts gave extra wind protection, and for the gear was a set of alloy factory and a seat bag.

What are like to ride?

The SMC is a real bike. This is a bike you can to work, cruise the city, go on the weekend, or do a track day. the road gear off and can even up for a supermoto race.

With sticky tyres and the big four-piston caliper you can lean bike over to obscene angles, squash the front down flat as you brake and in the tight stuff, sports will struggle to get away you, all while you are grinning a freak inside your

Don’t forget, the SMC uses the engine as the 690 Duke, so longer days in the saddle are only by the fuel range, and how hard backside is.

The only glitch is the responsive nature of the fuel system, and it was something our young commented on after his first

Once he got used to it, it became less of an issue, but nonetheless it is there.


There’s no mistaking the R is a big bike to take through the especially in company with race derived machinery. The R reminds us of the days of 600cc and the like. Obviously it’s years ahead of that era but the and weight of the ‘R’ feels similar.

These sort of bikes are we cut our teeth on, so handling the ‘R’ was like those days to an extent. It take a very good to get the best of a bike like on more technical and tight

For the average trail rider it be too much a bike of you like trail.

Out on the fire trails and open country, the ‘R’ is an awesome bit of kit will propel you to speeds will see the trees blurring by. In the the on/off nature of the fuel was much less noticeable, likely due to the more aggressive way in you tend to ride between the

It’s amazing what a few can do to the feel of a bike. Where the ‘R’ very off-road orientated, the version feels much like and adventure bike, the map reader and screen out in front, the on the sides.

Of course the Safari tank all adds to the adventure.

The weight is noticeable straight and you feel much more the bike, rather then it. It also felt better on the most likely the extra around the rider giving a of more protection.

Off road the feels right at home on trails. We did a loop which some windy bumpy river crossings, erosion and fire trails.

All adventure stuff, and the Safari ‘R’ was the best we’ve taken on that trip.

It doesn’t have the weight of bigger capacity two-wheelers, and the extra fuel gives it a huge fuel

Where it falls down to its bigger brother the 990 Adventure R, is its performance, but this is to be expected.

The SMC is for people, the Enduro ‘R’ is for off-road who like open trails you could insert crazy here also, if you see one on a single and modifying an ‘R’ like KTM has done have you climbing ‘Big and crossing the Simpson Desert.


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