2021 KTM 690 SMC R [Model Overview]

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By Simon Bertram

The 2021 KTM 690 SMC R: Street Ready Powerhouse

The 2021 KTM 690 SMC R is currently one of the most powerful supermoto bikes in the world, if not the most powerful, at least in their 2021 model lineup. Designed from the very start to use all the power of its 693cc four-stroke single engine, it will slide the rear wheel confidently when you demand all of its 74 HP and 54 lb-ft of torque. Or, if you want it to be more civilized, it will also carve that same corner with surefooted balance.

This is because the Austrian company has designed the engine to be smooth and responsive, without vibrating the bike too much. WP APEX motorsports-grade suspension also ensures that when you do want your tires to be in contact with the road, they are firmly so, without jolting too harshly. The frame is also designed to be torsionally rigid, but be able to help absorb longitudinal energy, helping the suspension soak up those same bumps.

KTM Motorcycles has also thought about the fact that supermoto bikes, being used as they are, are more likely to have parts other than the tires meet the pavement once in a while. That is why the 690 SMC R is one of the very few bikes in KTM’s whole model lineup that does not have a TFT dash. Instead, it has a very small backlit LCD tucked between the handlebars and the front wind headlight surround, which if damaged, is much cheaper and easier to replace than a full color screen.

Traction control, electronically assisted quickshifter+, dual-zone ABS with cornering control, and a throttle-by-wire system are all standard. The ECU has two modes, controlled with a thumb switch: Street, which has all rider aids and …read more

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