Spyshots show KTM are working on a new 690 Enduro and Supermoto
For those of us who have a passion for big singles, 2017 was a sad year as KTM dropped both the 690 Enduro R and the 690 SMC R from their range in Europe. There were rumours that it was to avoid direct competition with sister-brand Husqvarna’s similar 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto, but in reality it was just a case of the 690s falling foul of the Euro4 regulations. Now MCN has seen spy shots that show they’re back and they’re better than ever.
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The engine in the old 690 had been around for a little while and was looking a bit long in the tooth. The 690 Duke received a new engine in 2016 (that also went into the Husky 701) and by the looks of things, the new unit is heading for the Enduro and SMC, too. The engine was heavily reworked for the Duke: the bore was increased by 3mm but the stroke was reduced, so the displacement is the same but it now revs more easily. The cylinder head was also reshaped, which gave a 7% power boost up to 73bhp along with an increase in torque to 54.48ftlb. Considering these are incredibly light bikes, that’s a lot of power in a small package, so they should be an absolute riot.
As well as more oomph, KTM also treated the engine to a side of refinement by fitting a second balancer shaft. Both the Enduro and the SMC are fitted with larger silencers, which contain the catalytic converter, to get the new bikes through Euro4.
The other big change is to the bodywork, which has been completely reshaped. The fairings on the Enduro and SMC have been slimmed down and also appear to have switched from a two-piece to one-piece. This should make the front end slimmer, to help you get closer to the front of the biker for better control. The seat has also been reprofiled, presumably to make it more comfortable as the old bench seat was straight out of KTM’s Arse Agony range.
The Enduro and SMC don’t really have a subframe per-se, using a self-supporting 12-litre fuel tank instead. This has also been reshaped but appears to have remained the same size.
The front suspension on the Enduro model is also different. It appears to be the WP Xplor 48 fork from the 500 EXC-F, which has 300mm of travel compared to the 250mm on the old 690 Enduro – so with a matching rear shock it’s possible the new model will be even more capable off-road. This may blunt its dual-purpose usage slightly, but the incoming 790 Adventure will likely take on those duties. The suspension on the SMC appears to be unchanged. With the exception of the headlight, both bikes have also been converted to LED lighting throughout.
When we asked KTM about the demise of the 690 Enduro R and SMC R in the UK and KTM said that they were committed to their LC4 single-cylinder engine platform as demonstrated by the huge development programme that went into the Duke and they assured us that they are far from finished with either model.
We expect KTM to unveil both new bikes officially at EICMA in November, alongside the new 790 Adventure with all three going on sale in 2019.
- New smoother and more powerful motor
- All-new bodywork, subframe and seat unit
- New suspension
- Expected in 2019
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