The 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R: At Home On The Road Or Off It
The 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R is a very interesting motorcycle, existing in a weird middle space between a full-out dual-sport and a stripped down adventure bike. On the one hand, it has a single cylinder, 4 valve engine that is at home in any dual-sport. On the other hand, that engine has a displacement of 693cc, and produces 74 HP and 54 lb-ft of torque.
This could be seen as the Austrian company flexing its muscles in engine knowledge, as it also has built-in balancer shafts on both the crankshaft and the cylinder head to reduce overall vibration. It also has developed a lightweight piston head and conrod, to reduce reciprocating mass and improve response. On top of that, KTM has developed a superb engine management and injection system, combined with dual spark plugs, to ensure the most efficient and complete combustion possible in the cylinder.
In effect, using the knowledge gained through their racing and rally programs, KTM has made a dual adventure-sport, if such a class exists. It’s a bike that will happily carve corners and go long distances on the tarmac, and with the flick of a thumb button, switch over into a fun, rowdy off-road adventure bike with dirt bike underpinnings that will let you scramble through trails, over hills, and kick up the dust while doing so.
The 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R starts at $11,999 USD / $13,099 CAD.
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