2019 KTM 690 SMC R and 690 Enduro R | First Look Review

2019 KTM 690 SMC R
2019 KTM 690 SMC R

For 2019, KTM has revised the chassis, engine, electronics and styling of the 690 SMC R supermoto. The new Dynamic LC4 690cc liquid-cooled single has less vibration and more power than before, with throttle-by-wire and a PASC slipper clutch.

A new chassis lowers the seat to a slightly more accessible 35 inches, while updated electronics includes cornering traction control (MTC) with two ride modes, cornering ABS with Supermoto mode and a standard Quickshifter+.

Returning is the latest fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, an ultra-light chrome-molybdenum trellis frame, a polymer rear fuel tank and quality Brembo brake components.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

The 2019 690 Enduro R, meanwhile, gets a new chassis that lowers seat height to just 35.8 inches while keeping the same suspension travel, and it gets new styling based on the off-road EXC family for a more aggressive look.

Read our 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R (off-) road test review

The Enduro R also gets the same updated LC4 engine as the SMC R, along with throttle-by-wire, dual balancer shafts and a PASC slipper clutch. Updated electronics include cornering ABS with off-road mode, Quickshifter +, MTC, motor slip regulation (MSR) and two ride modes: Street and Off-road.

Fully-adjustable WP Xplor suspension boasts 9.8 inches of travel, and the Brembo braking system includes lightweight wave-style discs.

Pricing on both the 2019 690 SMC R and 690 Enduro R is $11,699.

Check out Rider’s Guide to New/Updated Street Motorcycles for 2019


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