KTM 690 SUPERMOTO (2007 - 2011) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 2.9 out of 5 (2.9/5)
Power: 63 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.4 in / 875 mm)
Weight: Low (335 lbs / 152 kg)


New N/A
Used £3,300

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The KTM 690SM is simply put the best road going Supermoto bike currently available. Ok it’s not really for competition use but as road going Supermoto bikes go the new KTM 690 is king. Easy to ride with exceptional road manners, practical, yet at the same can be fun when the mood takes you.

Watch KTM's 690 Supermoto, 690 Enduro and 690 Duke in action at the LC4 range launch


Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

OK the KTM 690SM is not an all out supermoto race bike but its handling isn’t too distant. It turns really quickly due to the wide bars and very light steering. Even as speed its stable and the suspension gives great feedback.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The KTM 690SM's engine is entirely new and very unlike a single. KTM have managed some kind of trick as the engine doesn’t vibrate your fillings out on long journeys like most single cylinder bikes. There’s also more power on tap than the competition, with a true top speed around the 110mph mark and more.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Without putting some serious miles on the KTM 690SM it’s hard to test reliability. However I’ve never had a problem with KTM build quality in the past and the new bikes feels secure and well put together.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The KTM 690SM is the most expensive out of the direct competition, but you have to pay for quality and to be honest its worth it. Quality components and a reliable trustworthy name. Problem is at nearly £6000 it may be slightly too expensive for some. Find a KTM 690 Supermoto for sale.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The new KTM 690SM may be slightly more expensive than the competition but for that you get WP suspension, massive Brembo radial brakes, and a slipper clutch. Not only do the exhausts look gorgeous but they add a few extra ponies


Engine size 654cc
Engine type Four stoke single 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Seat height 875mm
Bike weight 152kg
Front suspension WP adjustable for preload only
Rear suspension WP single shock adjustable for preload only
Front brake 240mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £3,300
Insurance group 11 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Tank range 90 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2007: KTM 690SM launched.

Other versions

Owners' reviews for the KTM 690 SUPERMOTO (2007 - 2011)

7 owners have reviewed their KTM 690 SUPERMOTO (2007 - 2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KTM 690 SUPERMOTO (2007 - 2011)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Reliability & build quality: 2.9 out of 5 (2.9/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.3 out of 5 (3.3/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
4 out of 5 Good bike if well looked after,kept out of rain and serviced regular, great fun to ride
22 January 2017 by Bigdog

Year: 2007

Great fun too ride on A or B roads,on the beach or on trails,more than capable on the motorway too I used as an all round commuter the weather wasn't kind to the electric I owned a 8 year old bike with 11000 miles In 1 year it had two batteries ,clutch slave cylinder Lambda sensor Starter relay And other fault codes due to wiring corrosion

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Rides well on all roads even 2up feels stable Seat gets uncomfortable after an hour Single disc brembo on the front was more than capable

Engine 5 out of 5

Good torquey engine light and pretty smooth considering its a single!

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

I used the bike as a commuter all year round,I had some problems with plugs corrosion and fault codes coming up Tune ECU app and cable to plug into bike is a must

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Its got two oil filters and oil was more expensive for single cylinder I felt it needed oil and filters every six months to keep oil in good nic

Equipment 3 out of 5

Basic but adequate for a supermoto

2 out of 5 Terrible reliability
24 June 2014 by Greggster

I bought the SMR partly due to the reputation for reliability. Wiring loom needed replacing after 9 months - ok this was covered under warranty, but when the splines on the gearbox output shaft were worn away to nothing, KTM efused to fix this under warranty because I was 300 miles late on getting the bike serviced! I will never buy another KTM.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Cure for the blues
01 June 2011 by petedj

Unbeatable on the tight and twisty bits. Going into a corner, wrong speed , wrong gear, wrong line....no problem instantly get it all back in order and exit with a grin from ear to ear. Most fun you can have with your clothes on. Cross between a big motocrosser and a Manx Norton

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5 Bad KTM 690 take note
20 March 2009 by hondavtr1000sp2

Well to say i am dissapointed would be an understatement, i had a good look at all reviews before buying and could see nothing to worry about. I bought the bike to get me to work during the winter time as they make off road bikes i thought there would be no issue. 1st thing to fail during the warranty period was the the hydraulic clutch slave cyliner, not good as it failed while riding. 2nd was the failure of the ignition system, this i traced to the connector block under the headlamp which had been completely corroded away to a green goo, easily fixed with new bullet connectors. Then the ignition failed again, this time there where multiple failures of the ignition loom including the master relays which had completly disolved. This has resulted in the bike being returned again under warranty for a full electrical loom/harness replacement which is no small job. Overall i like riding the bike but as i have found the electrical system can not deal with winter conditions at all so beware, it is an issue that KTM are aware of, i do not know if i will get an improved loom to cure this but if not i will have to go back to the good old reliable Honda!!!! It would help if KTM sealed the large oblong hole under the headlamp that lets all the water in and put a front mudguard on it that is actually practical!!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5 Problem KTM :-(
18 March 2009 by pludmugger

Have owned this bike from new about 18 months now.Initially all was good the handling is superb with plenty of power to go with it. However I have suffered some major reliability issues. Firstly the engine needed a major rebuild at 4000 miles as the big end bearings failed!!! Then over the last couple of months I have had electrical problems. The clocks and dash have been replaced along with various connectors etc and currently it is having the complete wiring loom replaced. Although this is all under warranty it has meant that I have been without a bike for long periods of time. What do I do when the warranty runs out!!!!!!!!!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 690 sm it brilliant
17 August 2008 by gaintbutcherdog

bought this bike first bike i've owned what a ride just amazing have ridden it every day for 10 weeks now just love it handling engine and after sales care all brilliant ktm all the way for me trust me try one and you'll be grinning for weeks

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 690 Supermoto R
07 July 2008 by KTMat

This is the first bike of this type that i've owned, having previously had Suzuki 600's. I love the look of this bike. Totally individual with it's beaky front end and upswept exhausts. Full of trick goodies such as WP fully adjustable suspension, Brembo radial brakes and lightweight Brembo wheels. The engine is very impressive, delivering good power right through the rev range with superb low/midrange torque. My two main complaints would be the seat gives you a numb bum and the fuelling is slightly snatchy on the pick-up, on and off the throttle at lower revs. A great fun bike. Makes you smile after every ride

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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