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2019 KTM 690 Enduro R First Look

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KTM revealed some targeted improvements to it’s 690 Enduro R for 2019 at this year’s EICMA show, alongside the bike’s mechanical sibling, the 690 SMC R. As with the Supermoto variation of this machine, the 690 Enduro R packs a revised LC4 Single, updated chassis and suite of electronic rider aids.

Starting with the electronics, KTM includes two ride modes on the new Enduro R. There’s Street, which gives a snappy throttle response while mitigating wheel spin and wheelies to ensure optimal traction on the asphalt. Switchable traction control provides further assurance that the rubber will stay planted on the road. This system can be disabled.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

Get ripping on the new KTM 690 Enduro R.

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The second ride mode is an Off-road setting, giving the rider a smoother throttle while also initiating Off-road Traction Control, which allows for wheel spin and lift. Controls on the handlebar allow you to switch between the two on the fly.

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New electronics will help tune the 690 Enduro R for whatever you face.

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A new lean angle sensor helps inform the KTM Cornering ABS system installed. Cornering ABS is only fully engaged in Street mode though, when in the Off-road setting ABS only affects the front wheel and cornering sensitivity is turned off. If you still want more control, ABS can be completely disengaged as well.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

Better suspension is another upgrade to the 690 Enduro R in 2019.

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Additionally, riders will have a Quickshifter plus to allow for clutchless up and down shifts as well as Motor Slip Regulation to help smooth out engine braking.

These systems are integrated with a light and responsive 690cc Single that has Ride-by-Wire, twin-balancer shafts and a slip-assist clutch for quick, smooth action through the revs. The stainless steel exhaust system has been optimized for a narrow profile and off-road use.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

Made for the trails, but perfectly capable of handling asphalt too.

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The frame is a chrome-moly steel tube trellis design, mated to a single-component cast swingarm and subframe that utilizes the fuel tank as a structural member.

Suspension changes mark the major step forward for the chassis though, with a new WP XPLOR 48 USD fork and WP XPLOR shock. These units were originally developed for KTM’s EXC line. The fork is a split design with compression and rebound adjustments made in the left and right tubes, respectively. Adjustments are made by way of dials at the top of the tubes. The shock is also fully adjustable and includes both high and low speed compression.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

Stripped down, you can see the trellis frame and subframe with the fuel tank as a structural member.

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The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels are wrapped in Mitas E07 rubber, a tire that is touted as being excellent both on and off road.

Brembo calipers haul the 690 Enduro R to a stop, gripping a 300mm front disc and 240mm rear disc.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

KTM gave the 690 Enduro R some fresh graphics for 2019 also.

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There’s new rubber mounted handlebars and a lower seat height, which KTM asserts creates a more aggressive riding position than before. There’s also a fresh graphics package for the 690 Enduro R.

Another nice touch is the range of accessories KTM offers for the machine, ranging from rugged phone cases to luggage, caps, covers and more.

Pricing and availability remain to be announced, so stay tuned.

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