KTM 690 Duke, SMC & Enduro - One Motor, Three Very Different Motorcycles - First Ride

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro

690 Enduro
This third 690 is bred from KTM's works racers, using the same LC4 engine and desert-developed chassis as the SMC. Its airbox also lives above the engine. The self-supporting plastic tank is below the seat with the battery. Wheels are 21-inch front and 18-inch rear, both wire spoke and fitted with wave-pattern brake discs and Metzeler Enduro 3 dual-purpose rubber. The Enduro's road manners are similar to the SMC's, at least in a straight line. Beyond that, the Enduro is a forgiving, capable off-road accomplice. Broad power spread, light weight and excellent suspension get you through all but the toughest sections. Like its brethren, the Enduro's EFI offers alternative fuel maps, including one to digest low-grade gasoline. There's little use for this on the others, but in difficult terrain, especially mud, the low-power option-30 percent less peak power and softer delivery everywhere-makes life easier. That's just one example of KTM's meticulous attention to practical off-road details. Accessories including a larger, 4.8-gallon Baja-style fuel tank will make it even more capable, too. The 690 Enduro may not always get you where you want to go. But when the going gets long and tough, you've got a better chance on this bike than on anything else.

Tech Spec
KTM 690 Duke
Evolution
The archetypal Austrian single gets new cam, fly-by-wire EFI and some fresh chassis bits

Rivals
BMW Xmoto, Husqvarna SM610, Husaberg FS650e

TECH
Price: $9498
Engine type: l-c four-stroke single
Displacement: 654cc
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 80.0mm
Compression: 11.7:1
Fuel system: Keihin EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 63.5 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Claimed torque: 49.4 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension: 48mm WP inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single WP shock, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Single Brembo four-piston caliper, 320mm disc
Rear brake: Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax GPR
Rear tire: 160/60-ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax GPR
Rake/trail: 26.5/4.5 in.
Seat height: 34.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.6 gal.
Claimed dry weight: 327 lbs.
Color: Orange, white
Availability: Now
Warranty: 12 months, 12,000 mi.

Contact:
KTM North America, Inc.
1119 Milan Ave.
Amherst, OH
440.985.3553
http://www.ktmusa.com

Verdict
Nobody but nobody does one big cylinder better than KTM.

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