Singles only: KTM reveal 2021 690 range

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KTM have updated their 690 Enduro R and SMC R models for 2021 with a Euro5-friendly version of the big-bore thumper engine.

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The LC4 single-cylinder engine was heavily reworked in order to clear Euro4 regulations in 2018, with the bore increased by 3mm and the stroke reduced to keep the displacement the same. Now a new catalytic converter is all that is needed to clear Euro5 regs while keeping power at around 72bhp and torque at 54.48lbft.

Both bikes get a new dash with the ability to switch between ABS settings on the go, plus a new readout that includes your revs and a gear indicator. This set up makes it easier than before to switch between the two riding modes (Street and Off road for the Enduro, Street and Supermoto for the SMC) and two channel ABS.

Street gives the most aggressive levels of traction and wheelie control, plus ABS front and rear. Off road and Supermoto modes allow for the rear to spin up and the front to lift without cutting power, plus you get a smoother throttle response. ABS is retained at the front, but cut at the rear. You can also opt to disable ABS and traction control altogether.

2021 KTM 690 Enduro R dash

The SMC R gets the latest generation Brembo M4.32 Monobloc caliper with a 320mm disc up front and a 240mm at the rear. The 690 Enduro R sticks with the 300mm Brembo front brake and 240 rear found on its predecessor.

The new 690s have stuck with their WP suspension set ups, XPLOR for the Enduro and Apex for the SMC R. Both machines also get a sharp, new livery for 2021.

"The LC4 has been a powerful component of the KTM 690 Enduro R and KTM 690 SMC R but we’ve still been able to harness that asset and continue to develop both motorcycles to be a special part of our KTM portfolio," said KTM Product Manager, Joachim Sauer.

"We’ve found ways to give riders a more exciting and upgraded package for 2021 that keep the bikes as references in their segment. They are unique in their own special ways and we want to keep making them as essential as they are exhilarating."

There’s no word yet on availability or price for the new models, but MCN will bring you more as we get it.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max