More Than Just Another Dual Sport: The 2020 KTM 690 Enduro R
Light in weight, big in performance, and a joy to ride over any surface: this is the 2020 KTM 690 Enduro R. While it’s often described as middle-weight dual sport motorcycle, it’s so much more than just a dual sport. It’s a street legal enduro motorcycle that’s a blast to ride on the streets and on the trails, and it doesn’t compromise performance in exchange for versatility either.
Armed with KTM’s mid-sized 693cc LC4 single-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower and 54.2 lb-ft of peak torque, and has enough oompf to propel the 690 Enduro R to a top speed of 105 mph. The engine isn’t heavy either, and its compact nature works in partnership with the Enduro R’s lightweight frame, making for an incredibly maneuverable and agile package.
It’s great on the roads, but it excels off-road too. To make the ride experience even more exciting, KTM equipped the 690 Enduro R with WP XPLOR suspension, Brembo brakes, and a bevy of handy riding aids. These extras include two selectable riding modes, traction control, a lean angle sensor, cornering ABS, and a Quickshifter+.
This fearsome enduro machine is available in KTM’s signature orange and white color scheme for 2020, with an MSRP of $11,899.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new KTM 690 Enduro R in one place.
- Price: $11,899
- Key Features:
- Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- Ride Modes
- Traction Control
- Engine type: 693cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
- Power: 74 horsepower
- Dry Weight: 146 kg
- Seat height: 910 mm
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2020 KTM 690 Enduro R Specifications
|Engine||693cc, 1-cylinder,Liquid cooled, 4-stroke engine|
|Bore x Stroke||105 mm x 80 mm|
|Lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps|
|Clutch||PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated|
|Suspension Front||250 mm|
|Suspension Rear||250 mm|
|Brakes Front||Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc|
|Brakes Rear||Single-piston floating calliper|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.5 L|
|Ground Clearance||270 mm|
|Seat Height||910 mm|
|Curb Weight||146 kg|
2020 KTM 690 Enduro R Features
Engine & Exhaust
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 less engine torque transferring to the clutch plates. The slipper clutch prevents rear wheel lock-up under aggressive downshifting, which reduces destabilising 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 three 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? Prevented reliably by the slipper clutch that’s fitted as standard.
The 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.
This 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.
Ergonomics & Comfort
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.
Software & Electronics
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
Lean-angle sensors 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.
KTM’s Cornering ABS mode allows riders to always use the full power of their brakes in all conditions, while taking the lean angle of the motorcycle into account. In the optional Offroad ABS mode, the ABS only acts upon the front wheel, while cornering-sensitivity is disabled. In extreme scenarios, the rider can also choose to disable the ABS completely.