Contents: Review – Key Features – Features & Benefits – Specifications
Contents: Review – Key Features – Features & Benefits – Specifications
Introducing the 2023 KTM 690 Enduro R…
Ride from home and feel the adrenaline build while chasing tarmac curves towards your favourite offroad location. No trailer required just twist the throttle of the KTM 690 ENDURO R, which really comes into its own when the dirt begins and the trail gets more extreme. Its lightweight chassis, aggressive styling, and trusted 690 LC4 motor, are enhanced by the latest electronics and WP XPLOR suspension. Master more challenging terrain on this lightweight, high-performance king of versatility.
2023 KTM 690 Enduro R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2023 KTM LC4 RANGE – OWNING EVERY AVENUE
The KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R have been the class-toppers in their respective disciplines for over a decade. For 2023, that trend continues in typical KTM fashion, fueled by a true READY TO RACE package and KTM North Canada, Inc. is pleased to announce details on the dynamic duo.
At the heart of both the KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R, lies the most powerful production single-cylinder engine available. With over 30 years of consistent development, the KTM LC4 has steadily morphed from a 553 cc race-spec engine in 1987 to the fully-fledged693 cc machine it is today.
Not only has the LC4 stood the test of time, but it essentially created a segment unto itself. This has proven to be the ideal baseline for the KTM 690 range, paving the way for two of the most dominant motorcycles to leave the Mattighofen factory.
Having been the go-to dual-sport machine for many years, the KTM 690 ENDURO R receives updated aesthetics for 2023, taking its styling cues from the competition-Enduro range. Now an even more astute enduro weapon, the KTM 690 ENDURO R offers no compromises when tackling hard enduro-type terrain and easy fast-flowing trails.
Not to be outdone, the utterly ballistic KTM 690 SMC R brings an all-new blue and orange adornment to the fray, boosting its overall racing appeal. Built to be thrashed around twisty mountain roads and tear around racetracks by adrenaline-hunting canyon carvers and rear-wheel sliders, the KTM 690 SMC R has been the undisputed supermoto king for nearly as long as the wheelies it pulls off.
Both LC4 machines benefit from Cornering ABS, which allows riders to use full braking power even at big lean angles, traction control, and two ride modes. An optional Offroad ABS (just add a dongle) on the KTM 690 ENDURO R reduces ABS intervention on the front wheel and completely disables ABS on the rear, allowing riders to lock up the rear when they need to slide the rear into a tight turn or drag the brake down a technical descent. Supermoto ABS mirrors this feature on the KTM 690 SMC R, which quite literally pulls out all the stops. When activated, ABS is also reduced on the front wheel and completely disabled on the rear, allowing for big drifts into corners and tire-smoking powerslides out of the apex.
In READY TO RACE form, the added availability of dedicated KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts have been designed to allow for the highest levels of performance, protection and mobility to get the most out of your LC4 machines.
2023 KTM 690 Enduro R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The engine combines powerful acceleration from the very lowest revs with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. Another big plus: It’s extremely economical with fuel.
A lightweight, compact cylinder head contains four valves and a single camshaft placed over the intake valves, with a secondary balancer shaft driven by the timing chain. The intake valves are actuated by finger followers and the exhaust valves by a rocker arm.
A resonator chamber balances out pulses in the intake tract and makes the throttle response smoother with reduced vibrations.
Twin balancer shafts, one in front of the crankshaft and the other in the cylinder head, reduce vibration for a smoother ride.
The lightweight and durable forged piston is designed to reduce reciprocating mass which improves engine response.
Plain bearings are used in the conrod to ensure a reduced reciprocating mass, which helps the engine run smoother and therefore enhances its lively character.
The PASC (Power Assist Clutch) ensures the rider needs minimal input to operate it, due to reduced engine torque transferring to the clutch plates. The slipper clutch prevents rear wheel lock-up under aggressive downshifting, which reduces destabilizing rear wheel chatter on the tarmac when braking sharply or decelerating into turns.
The smooth 6-speed gearbox with Quickshifter+ allows quicker clutchless up and downshifts when you’re in the thick of the action. This not only enables the rider to be in more control of the motorcycle by keeping a full grip of the handlebars, but also improves rear wheel traction.
The KTM 690 ENDURO R is equipped with ride-by-wire system, which processes throttle twist grip movements with the help of electronic sensors and activates the throttle valves to control throttle action. This significantly improves the response, giving the rider better throttle control of the potent single-cylinder and a smoother ride.
Injection / Engine Management
Electronic fuel injection and engine management allow performance perfectly suited to the riding conditions. The result: even more and even better controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and less emissions, plus the benefit of features like MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control), MSR (Motor slip regulation), and Quickshifter+. The rider has the choice between two different mappings to influence the engine characteristics. A twin-plug ignition system controls two differently sized spark plugs in the cylinder head independently from each other, for more efficient combustion and a smoother, precisely controlled combustion sequence at all times.
Long service intervals
Besides its fuel efficiency the KTM 690 ENDURO R saves its owner even more money, thanks to long service intervals of 10,000 km.
Annoying rear wheel chatter? This is prevented by the slipper clutch that’s fitted as standard.
The KTM 690 ENDURO R features a specifically developed exhaust system made from the highest-quality stainless steel, which is not only compact and optimized for offroad use, it is emissions compliant too.
Accessing the airfilter during a ride is easy thanks to the airbox being located under the seat. This makes servicing the bike simple, and stress free, when you’re off the beaten track.
MASTER THE RIDE
The trellis frame is manufactured from lightweight sections of top-quality chrome-molybdenum steel tubing of varying thicknesses. This type of balanced frame design provides high torsional rigidity for best handling and rideability, while a more specifically-tuned longitudinal flexibility can absorb the wheel impact energy, supporting the suspension for reduced rider fatigue.
The innovative use of the rear fuel tank as the main structural element of the subframe, keeps weight low and eliminates design complexity.
The swingarm design allows for an optimal mounting position of the rear shock ensuring a high progression rate. The single-component casting process eliminates any inconsistencies and weak points that would be inherent in a welded swingarm.
Frame and swingarm
Despite its thoroughbred offroad chassis, the KTM 690 ENDURO R also numbers among the curve-bandits on the road. Two major contributors to its excellent tracking stability are the lightweight tubular trellis frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and the high-quality die-cast swingarm – both of them extremely torsion-resistant.
Highly rigid forged triple clamps with an offset of 24 mm (adjustable to 22 mm), provide a solid grip on the forks for precise handling. They allow forwards and backwards adjustment of the handlebars in four different positions for optimum rider ergonomics.
Riding over rough terrain is made easier with the WP XPLOR 48 upside-down fork. The KTM 690 ENDURO R’s split fork design was originally developed by WP and KTM for the EXC models. It is fitted with springs on both sides with separate damping functions – compression on the left and rebound on the right-hand side. They have no negative influence on each other. Therefore, damping can easily be adjusted via the dials on top of both fork tubes, with 30 clicks of adjustment each.
The WP XPLOR shock absorber is connected to the swingarm by a linkage. This ensures a progressive suspension character and a high resistance to bottoming out. Fully adjustable, including high and low-speed compression, you can set up the shock absorber to any circumstances and rider preference.
Wheels & tires
The KTM wheels use lightweight, CNC-machined hubs and high-end 21″ and 18″ rims to combine maximum strength with minimum weight. The rims are wrapped with Continental TKC 80 tires – offering excellent grip and great lifespan.
Sublime class-leading BREMBO brakes combined with lightweight wave discs – 300 mm diameter front and 240 mm on the rear wheel – to provide a crucial combination of stopping power and a consistent brake feel.
The large fuel tank has a capacity of 3.6 gal / 13.5 liters. It is also a load bearing part of the chassis, making it stiffer for optimal feeling and control.
By professionals for everyone: The KTM 690 ENDURO R’s WP upside-down fork, with a whole 250 mm of suspension travel and 48 mm outer tubes, is adjustable in many ways and masters the balancing act between every day, road and offroad use with the greatest of ease. It is designed as a split fork with separate damping circuits (compression damping on the left fork tube, rebound damping on the right) that can be adjusted independently from each other. This means that they cannot interact as they do in conventional open bleed systems – thus guaranteeing even sportier, more purposeful and rider-optimized ride characteristics. The pivot-arm articulated WP pressurized-gas monoshock with 250 mm of travel even features high-speed and low-speed compression adjustment.
Ergonomics & Comfort Handlebar
The lightweight tapered 808 mm wide handlebars are rubber mounted to reduce vibrations. Their width and shape are aimed at providing maximum control in all situations.
Sophisticated “No Dirt” foot pegs prevent jamming up of the pegs, even when digging your way through deep ruts or navigating wet terrain. Rubber inserts can be mounted for street use to help reduce any vibration that might be felt through the pegs on smooth roads.
The KTM 690 ENDURO R seat does three things. Firstly, it allows fluid rider motion when shredding offroad, thanks to its ergonomic shape and 910 mm seat height. Secondly, it provides good comfort when you need to cover the ground between trails. And lastly, it looks the part, thanks to an all-new durable and grippy orange seat cover.
Software & Electronics Dashboard
Keeping true to its enduro roots, the KTM 690 ENDURO R sports a simple, but effective dashboard. Providing riders with essential information its slimline design keeps the view forward clear of any obstructions. After all, when you’re blasting across challenging terrain, you don’t want any distractions.
Electronic fuel injection, ride-by-wire and the engine management system (EMS) make it possible to offer innovative yet easy-to-use electronic rider aids. These features can be selected, deselected and utilized to put the potent new-generation LC4 motor to effective use in a much wider range of terrain types and conditions.
Two ride modes (1) Street mode (2) Offroad mode: “Street mode” for sporty throttle response where wheel slip and wheelies are kept to a minimum for optimal street performance. “Offroad mode”, by contrast, produces smooth throttle response with Offroad Traction Control, which allows wheel slip and front wheel lifting without hindering performance. The modes are easily switched over from the handlebar, making adjustment to the character of the engine possible on the fly. Traction control can be disabled if needed.
Lean Angle Sensor
A lean-angle sensor keeps track of the angle of the bike and send information to the ECU and relevant control units, which use this data to adjust traction control and ABS actuation.
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
The MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) lean-angle sensitive traction control system reacts immediately the instant the rear wheel rotation speed becomes disproportionate to the riding situation. In mere milliseconds MTC reduces engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention at the throttle valves, until slippage is reduced to optimum proportions for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean. For particularly ambitious riders, the traction control can also be switched off.
Quickshifter+ uses two sensors, where one sensor on the shift arm detects the movement on the shift lever rod when the rider upshifts and the system cuts the injection instantaneously. As soon as the second sensor detects the gear engagement it reapplies the injection and opens the butterfly valve, ensuring fast and smooth action at all throttle openings and engine speeds. When downshifting, the system matches the engine speed to the speed of the lower gear.
Keeping you cranked over in full confidence, Cornering ABS allows riders to use full braking power in all conditions, even at big lean angles. This is particularly useful when you have twisty tarmac between you and your offroad destination of choice. If you choose the optional Offroad ABS mode (dongle required), ABS is deactivated on the rear wheel, while only working on the front wheel, with cornering sensitivity disabled. Should you decide to go at it alone, ABS can be completely disabled for extreme scenarios without using an ABS dongle.
Optional Offroad ABS quite literally pulls out all the stops when riding in the dirt. When activated, ABS is reduced on the front wheel effective deceleration on loose surfaces, but completely disabled on the rear. This allows you to lock up the rear when navigating tight turns and gives you full control in tough terrain.
2023 KTM 690 Enduro R – Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
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COOLING Liquid cooled
POWER IN KW 55 kW
STARTER Electric starter
STROKE 80 mm
BORE 105 mm
CLUTCH PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
DISPLACEMENT 692.7 cm³
EMS Keihin EMS with RBW, twin ignition
DESIGN 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
LUBRICATION Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
ABS Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER 300 mm
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER 240 mm
CHAIN 520 X-Ring
FRAME DESIGN Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
FRONT SUSPENSION WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm
REAR SUSPENSION WP XPLOR with Pro-Lever linkage
STEERING HEAD ANGLE 62.3 °
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