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

2019 KTM 690 SMC R. Images courtesy KTM.
2019 KTM 690 SMC R. Images courtesy KTM.

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. Images courtesy KTM.
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R. Images courtesy KTM.

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.

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 TBD.

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