Test KTM 690 SM: Orange seedless!

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Test KTM 690 SM: Orange seedless!

May 10, 2012 | Filed under: KTM | Posted by: Rao Ashraf

The KTM 690 SM had to forget all the competitions … Since then, a number of models have emerged as the BMW G650Xmoto and Yamaha XTX660. Despite its futuristic look, the KTM has it lost its lead?

KTM 690 SM: The complete test

Since its release, the KTM 690 SM had broken certain standards. She wore a radical look shocked that at first glance, with its sloping front so volatile. Behind the two big pots reminded her vocation trail sport, can grow in deep water. Today, nothing has changed but the eyes are made, and the KTM demonstrates a certain charm, especially when we dwell on its taut lines.

Anyway, it does not go unnoticed: one likes or dislikes … but chooses his side!

LC4 new generation

As with the entire range 690, the SM hides in his heart a single cylinder four-stroke liquid-cooled. This new generation of the famous LC4 has electronic fuel injection and has been revised to meet Euro-3 standards. Of course, the KTM engineers took the opportunity to win him some horses along the way.

The 653, 7 cm3 64 hp motor show at 7500 rev / min for a couple of 6550 to 6.5 daN.m rev / min. The 690 SM uses a new APTC slipper clutch with hydraulic control and a six-speed gearbox. Chassis side, note the aluminum swing arm and new trellis frame chrome-molybdenum, directly copied to the 950. The suspension settings (for WP) multiple acts in the back to the shock front and for the 48 mm inverted fork Brembo is responsible for stopping the 152 pounds (dry) at all with a front disc diameter.

320 mm gripped by a four-piston caliper. For the reasons discussed above, the double stainless steel silencer now includes control catalysts. The KTM 690 SM 17 inches of shoe department in the supermotard style, these queens of skiing…

An 875 mm ground

And indeed, the slides may not be where you expect. Indeed, the KTM 690 SM features a new 13.5-liter tank, very well integrated to the whole. So that when you are not careful, oil flows largely on the saddle, which makes it super slippery. Not easy in this case to find the ideal position. Imposes a supermoto style ergonomics on the front and in addition, the saddle is frankly close.

Add to that the fact of being perched at 875 mm from the ground, and you will understand that the KTM 690 SM requires an adjustment period, even for large. In contrast, small jigs are amazed by the weight contents of the unit, just above the 150 kg, which transforms this into a real SM bikes.

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For a bike that is used mostly on road (in principle), it is in urban traffic that the KTM feels that the most effective. Its overall height allows cars to dominate, while its agility and hourglass allow most inflated. This avoids the obstacles; you brake hard and connect it with ease.

On small icy roads early this winter, for sure, it’s slippery … Even in a straight line, tighten the buttocks to avoid too large comma. Once the tires start temperature, the KTM 690 SM is fully expressed, without much risk disaster…

What happiness!

The single proves strong and powerful. Raised in the harsh law of the sport, yet it remains a pleasure to use everyday. For a quiet ride (even if it never lasts long …), mono remains convincing since it is used between 3000 and 4500 rev and min.

They drive well at a moderate pace, without rushing mechanics. Above the 5000 r / min, it goes directly into the dark side of force … The SM is transformed into an orange ball. The revving is linear, as soon as it evolves in these acute sounds a treat … But knows this, the 690 hate riding in the 3000 revolutions. Fortunately, the gearbox is smooth and precise shows.

While the brake powerful and biting. It blocks the back fast enough to blunder blunders (more or less) controlled … The KTM 690 SM offers a good top speed, even if it starts to feel the effects of aerodynamics especially around 150 km / h. Consumption a little high, probably due to a wrist shot too heavy, allow for a range close to 180 km. The user manual of the KTM 690 SM is very intuitive: maintain at all costs the right engine speed, brake hard, and find the right angle to the rest … this is happiness!

While it is possible to unfold the passenger foot rests and handles to distinguish them from the rear, the KTM 690 SM bike is pure selfish, the perfect tool for a treat. Ideal city, comfortable for walking, able to highway, this bike provides an especially large dose of vitamin C. Thus, despite its first year (2007), the 690 has managed to keep his distance against the competition thanks to its DNA typed race.


KTM 690 Rally Replica
KTM 690 Rally Replica
KTM 690 Rally Replica

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