KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer that was founded in 1934. Originally a metal working shop called Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, the company began producing motorcycles in 1954. Over the ensuing decades, KTM has established a reputation for building world-class off-road bikes. KTM bikes have been very successful in off-road rally races such as the Paris-Dakar Rally and the Atlas-Rally. More recently however, KTM has branched out and used their off-road expertise to produce a distinct line of dual sport and street bikes such as the 690 Enduro R. A powerful engine, optimized ergonomics, and an excellent chassis set-up characterize the ruggedly good-looking 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R. With its distinctive orange painted frame, the 2009 Enduro R is based closely on the previous year model. Like all KTM ""R"" models, the 2009 690 Enduro utilizes new technologies aimed towards making the bike as versatile and reliable as possible. A modern electronic ignition makes the Enduro easy to start and combines with the bike’s LC4 engine to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The electronic ignition also positively impacts the 690 Endoro’s performance, allowing it to generate 63 hp at 7500 rpm and 65 Nm at 6000 rpm. The bike’s chassis is characterized by a greater suspension range and was designed to support the demands of its powerful engine. Changes made for 2009 include a slight lightening of the chassis, updated instruments, and the addition of a new mudguard.
The 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R has a distinct exterior and finish that truly make it stand out from the crowd. It’s got 18-inch black wheels outfitted with Pirelli MT 21 tires. The bike boasts an aggressive front fairing and sharp lines. Other exterior features include hand guards and a skid plate. The left rider side exhaust is perfectly integrated into the bike’s body, making it look like part of the Enduro’s tail. Distinctive styling aside, the 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R is a truly capable off-road performer, thanks to its 11.81-inch ground clearance. This increases the bike’s stature and the Enduro’s seat height is 36.61 inches off the ground. With such a tall stature, it’s not exactly easy to keep in touch with the ground when you’re aboard the 690 Enduro. This lack of touch with the ground combined with the bike’s powerful LC4 engine, makes the 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R a serious bike for experienced riders who can handle its power and feel. Having long legs mightn’t be a bad idea either. A 654cc four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that provides formidable acceleration up to 7500 rpm powers the Enduro. The engine is extremely responsive, thanks to an electronic power throttle. While the 2009 Enduro is indeed street legal, it was designed with off-road excitement in mind. Higher gears like fifth and sixth are unlikely to be used off-road but can help conserve fuel when you’re on the pavement. Despite being designed with off-roading in mind, the Enduro provides a reasonably good highway performance with minimal vibrations, even at high speeds. The seat is narrow and you should be ready to take a lot of wind when blasting down the highway, but the Enduro is capable enough on pavement. In spite of being pretty light at just 305.4 lbs. dry, the 2009 Enduro 690 R has a fairly solid feel to it. The bike also has a center of gravity that’s surprisingly low when you consider its height. Weight distribution is even, giving the bike a natUral, maneuverable feel, even at slow speeds. There are few bikes that are even in the same class as the 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R. However when compared to other models in its class such as the Husqvarna TE610 or BMW Xchallenge, the Enduro definitely seams like the cream of the crop.