Just when you thought that an all-around enduro bike has become the stuff of myths, the KTM 690 Enduro R comes around to shatter that notion.
In all its pristine glory, the 690 Enduro R comes with a new look, a more powerful engine, and an improved chassis, creating a bike that provides outstanding offroad qualities with unbeatable all-round ability.
Ergonomically speaking, the 690 Enduro R is a well-built machine, complete with redesigned tank fairings that are augmented by an equally comfortable and a new, low seat. The perfect arrangement is also enhanced by the ideally angled, wide aluminum handlebars, which make controlling the new 690 Enduro R even simpler.
Then there’s the engine, which, to put it simply, is beastly. Thanks to a larger 690cc displacement, the 690 Enduro R’s state-of-the-art, water-cooled LC4 single-cylinder engine now delivers an even more powerful output of 65 horsepower, all while combining increased acceleration with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. The Enduro R also has an electronic engine management system that features fuel injection, offering the rider a choice between three different mappings for influencing the engine characteristics. The "electronic power throttle" ensures that the throttle commands from the rider are translated electronically into the optimum throttle valve opening at all times, which gives rise to tremendously progressive power development.
Finally, there’s the bike’s handling characteristics. Despite possessing a thoroughbred offroad chassis, the 690 Enduro R travels among the curve-bandits on the road, thanks to a lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and the high-quality die-cast swingarm - both of them extremely torsion-resistant.
Find out more about the KTM 690 Enduro R after the jump.
Thanks to a larger displacement, the 690 Enduro R’s state-of-the-art, water-cooled LC4 single-cylinder engine now delivers an even more powerful 49 kW (66 hp). It combines powerful acceleration from the lowest rpms with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. It consumes even less fuel and saves its owner even more money, thanks to service intervals now being extended to 10,000 km. Annoying rear wheel chatter? Prevented reliably by its anti-hopping clutch that’s fitted as standard.
Chassis and Suspension
Despite its thoroughbred offroad chassis, the 690 Enduro R also numbers among the curve-bandits on the road. Two major contributors to its excellent tracking stability are the lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and the high-quality die-cast swingarm - both of them extremely torsion-resistant.
From professionals, for everyone, and even better tuned for 2012: The 690 Enduro R’s WP upside-down forks, with a whole 250 mm of suspension travel and 48 mm outer tubes, are adjustable in many ways and master the balancing act between everyday, road and offroad use with the greatest of ease. Likewise retuned: the pivot-arm articulated WP pressurized-gas monoshock with 250 mm suspension travel even features high-speed and low-speed compression adjustment.
The 690 Enduro R’s extremely powerful and easily applied Brembo brakes are equipped with lightweight wave brake discs. They defy every hardcore use, no matter whether hitting the gas through a labyrinth of curves or coming down a mountain in heavy terrain.
Completely redesigned tank fairings are augmented by the equally comfortable and low new seat. The perfect arrangement is also enhanced by the ideally angled, wide aluminum handlebars, which make controlling the new 690 Enduro R even simpler - both on and off-road. Its knobbly tires, robustness and superb handling help provide the 690 Enduro R with remarkable versatility and perfect vehicle control both on the road and off.
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
APTC Anti-hopping clutch / hydraulically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
WP Suspension 4860 D48/26 MA
WP Suspension 4618 with Pro‑Lever linkage
Suspension travel front
Suspension travel rear
Brake system front
Disc brake with two-piston brake caliper, floating
Brake system rear
Disc brake with single-piston brake caliper, floating
Brake discs - diameter front
Brake discs - diameter rear
5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
Total Motorcycle----"Can you say “Hard Enduro”? What you mean is “LC4”. The KTM LC4 models have always made their mark in this category. Low weight, great performance, rugged off-road technology and the utmost reliability have always been their core values, and that is just
what makes the current 690 R the great bike that it is. A generous 250mm of suspension travel iron out even the deepest potholes. The slightly decreased travel slightly lowers the 690 Enduro R’s center of gravity in MY2012, giving it an even more balanced ride – as dynamic as always but even more comfortable."