2019 KTM 690 SMC R Supermoto First Look | Motorcyclist
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2019 KTM 690 SMC R Supermoto First Look

Control is key

KTM announced the return of its 690 SMC R Supermoto machine in 2019 at this year’s EICMA show, complete with the latest LC4 engine, revised chassis and a new suite of electronic rider aids.

The 690cc single powering all the fun produces 74 horsepower and 54 pound-feet of torque and is designed to provide an immediate kick right off idle. This is helped by a Ride-by-Wire system which ensures a crisp and responsive throttle. There’s lightweight components used throughout and twin balancer shafts to smooth vibration. The six-speed gearbox will be more accessible than ever thanks to the addition of a Quickshifter plus system, allowing clutchless up and down shifts. And to keep your back tire from hopping when you’re dropping gears fast, KTM again includes its Power Assist Slipper clutch.

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The new KTM 690 SMC R offers more control than ever.

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Chassis updates make for better bump absorption and stopping power. The main frame remains a chrome-moly steel tube design, and the subframe continues to use the fuel tank (which has a slightly larger capacity at 3.56 gallons) as a primary structural piece. This package floats on the most up-to-date WP APEX suspension though, a split fork designed 48mm unit at the front with compression and rebound damping adjustments available at the dials on the top of the fork tubes. The shock is also WP APEX, connected to the swingarm via linkage, and is fully adjustable.

2019 KTM SMC R Supermoto

A refined LC4 690cc Single provides the pull you need.

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Brembo calipers grip 320mm and 240mm wave discs, front and rear, to bring the SMC R to a stop. There are 17 inch spoke wheels front and back wrapped in Bridgestone S21 tires.

2019 KTM SMC R Supermoto

The latest braking and suspension components will have you on one wheel in no time.

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KTM has also slimmed down the package in total, with a new handlebar, footpegs, and a lower seat height.

2019 KTM SMC R Supermoto

A look underneath the covers, highlighted by the trellis frame and subframe which holds a larger fuel tank.

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Controlling the output of the SMC R are a number of new and updated rider aids. Two selectable ride modes will be available: Street and Sport. Street mode gives a more subdued throttle response and engages the new Motorcycle Traction Control system more noticeably, particularly in the corners. Sport mode gives a more aggressive throttle and reduces the traction control settings, removing cornering sensitivity. The traction control system is a lean-angle sensitive unit that intervenes when it senses wheel spin going haywire. If you like living on the edge though, the system can be shut off.

2019 KTM 690 SMC R

The new 690 SMC R is packed with electronics.

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There’s also the aforementioned Quickshifter plus, along with KTM’s Cornering ABS. There’s also a Supermoto ABS mode to choose, which turns ABS off completely at the rear wheel and disables cornering ABS at the front. And finally, you’ll get a new Motor Slip Regulation system to help smooth out engine braking.

2019 KTM SMC R Supermoto

A slimmer cockpit makes it easier to move around on the SMC R.

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Keep your eyes peeled for pricing details and availability.

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