2021 KTM 690 ENDURO R

by MotoGusto Editor

Do singles have all the fun? The KTM LC4 engine’s performance and light weight in the midsize motorcycle market is now, fully prepped for Euro5 emission standards. It forms the heart of new and refocused 2021 KTM 690 ENDURO R.

A machine with offroad pedigree to blast the toughest and longest trails, was given the advanced tech and engineering to make it a viable option for any terrain or any trip. The last incarnation of the bike two years ago hit new peaks of ergonomics, electronics (with adjustable ABS options) and handling to become a reference in the Travel segment. The 2021 KTM 690 ENDURO R is a deception: a bike that seems powerful and daunting for offroad is actually a slim and maneuverable machine. The cornering ABS (lean-angle sensitive), offroad ABS, motorcycle traction control and sensitive motor slip regulation ensures a customizable setting for any condition or landscape.

WP XPLOR suspension (adapted from the Enduro range especially for the KTM 690 ENDURO R) dispenses grip, supplies confidence and expertly channels the motor’s output to the surface. The 74hp and 73.5Nm of torque and output means it is appropriate for long treks on smooth tarmac.

For 2021 KTM has retained many of the refined strengths of the motorcycle but have applied key updates that make the KTM 690 ENDURO R even more of an essential choice for riders that crave impressive versatility.

Towards this aim of enhanced practicality, KTM has added improved ride mode functionality through the handlebar switch: STREET mode enables two channels of ABS both on the front and rear of the bike; and the OFFROAD setting disengages rear wheel ABS for that important rear braking feel for low-traction terrain. The ABS itself benefits from a new modulator unit to better regulate the force and application of the braking power required, which also means it can be activated ‘on the fly’ and there is no longer a need for a ‘dongle’.

The new dashboard has an ABS ‘button’ to provide a rapid way to switch off the rider aid for the full flow offroad setting. The same display now shows indicators for RPM and gear selection. When it comes to the aesthetic of the motorcycle then a fetching 2021 graphics and color revision is an eye-catching addition.

The KTM 690 ENDURO R will be available at authorised KTM dealers from January 2021 onwards. For more info visit www.ktm.com.

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