Riding Impression: 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R: Compromising little, the 690…

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Riding Impression: 2009 KTM 690 R Compromising little, the 690 is a hard-edged that likes the asphalt, as

Photography By Jeff Allen

KTM has the category covered, with the 690 R slotting nicely between the EXCs and the globetrotting 990 Adventure. last year, the Enduro R was a hot with dealers quickly out of the machine.

Although the 690 is marketed as a enduro,” I was on the fence, wondering if the would make a good for an actual enduro event. So I the 54th Annual Prospector M/C Rush Enduro in Red Mountain, In an effort to experience all the 690 has to offer and full advantage of its dual-purpose I also rode the 160 miles of from my doorstep to the starting and back again.

Oddly enough, the street is the Enduro R carves out its own niche. The seat (36.6 inches) and riding position give the a commanding view of traffic. is valved softly enough not to be on the street yet it maintains good off-road.

Power from the fuel-injected, Single is stout, allowing the to pull hard through its six speeds and also comfortably at 75 to 80 mph all day. Three power standard and aggressive—can be selected to terrain and riding conditions. The easily tops 100 mph, but speeds above 80 allow through the handlebar that the rider’s hands.

Once the flag waved for the race, I that I was on a much bigger than a lightweight enduro. The R weighs 336 pounds fueled up, and the is really apparent off-road. the front end tends to plow corners instead of bite them.


Additionally, the bike has a tendency to into turns unpredictably leaned over.

Off-road, I the standard power setting, provides lots of muscle to sheer, technical climbs the bike becoming too much of a like it can in the aggressive map setting. so, the Enduro’s 47 hp (aggressive) shredded the Pirelli tire over the of my 400-mile-round-trip adventure.

Despite the Enduro R’s size, I was at the ease with which I bounce and jump over and obstacles. Graceful doesn’t describe its nature, especially pushed hard over whoops, but it did surpass my expectations. steep, loose surfaces required attention, as the 690 felt and reminded me that gravity is not our friend.

Clearly, the 690 Enduro is an excellent machine that will go 120 miles at a time (observed provided by the 3.2-gallon fuel That’s about right, as the seat further limits time. An aftermarket seat, a handlebar and soft luggage make the Enduro R a capable

That might help deal with the shock the $10,498 sticker price,


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