The KTM 690 SMC R takes supermoto riding to a new level, thanks partly to a lightweight chassis, its legendary LC4 engine, and sophisticated electronics.
So whether you’re cornering on a mountain road or drifting on asphalt going full throttle, you won’t be short of smiles and adrenaline with this bike from KTM’s 2022 lineup.
KTM improved handling with the addition of the latest fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, so all you have to worry about is concentrating on the road ahead and putting the pedal to the metal.
The 690 cc single-cylinder engine offers a combination of great acceleration from idle with refined upshifting. The PASC (Power Assist Clutch) system helps minimize the force required to engage the clutch. In addition, the bike comes with two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP ABS (incl. Cornering ABS and Supermoto mode Disengegable).
The smooth six-speed gearbox on this Austrian bike allows quicker clutchless shifts thanks to its Quickshifter+ system, especially when cornering, which gives the rider greater control of the motorcycle by maintaining control of the handlebars and enhances rear-wheel traction.
The trellis frame comprises lightweight sections of tubes of varying thicknesses in high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel. In contrast, the subframe effectively uses the rear fuel tank as the main structural element to minimize the weight and eliminate design complexity.
The 2022 KTM 690 SMC R starts at $12,499 USD / $13,499 CAD.
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The LC4 690 cc single-cylinder engine combines powerful acceleration from the very lowest revs with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. Another big plus is besides the engine being extremely economical with fuel it also has long service intervals of 10,000 km, keeping running costs low.
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.
A lightweight, compact cylinder head contains four valves and a single camshaft placed over the intake valves, and 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.
The incredible handling characteristics of the KTM 890 DUKE are founded on the dynamic, loadbearing design of the tubular chassis. Engineers had one goal in mind, and that was to keep the chassis as rigid and compact as possible for sharper turn-in and greater lean angles, allowing it to slice through the turns with extreme responsiveness.
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.
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.
Wheels & tyres
The KTM wheels use lightweight, CNC machined hubs and high-end black 17″ rims to combine maximum strength with minimum weight. They are fitted with BRIDGESTONE S21 tires for maximum performance on the street, and plenty of grip for racetrack usage.
The BREMBO brakes deliver class-leading stopping power that is combined with lightweight discs – 320 mm diameter on the front wheel and 240 mm on the rear – to provide a crucial combination of stopping power and a consistent brake feel.
The lightweight tapered 808 mm wide handlebars are rubber mounted to reduce vibrations. Their width and shape are aimed at providing optimum control in all situations.