The KTM 690 Enduro R is a favorite among big single-cylinder adventure riders. And for good reason: The Enduro R blends off-road focus with streetbike functionality (namely ride by wire, rider aids, and even a quickshifter) for an anywhere-anytime attitude. It is powered by KTM’s 690cc LC4 engine that delivers usable on- and off-road power, and is equipped with large 21- and 18-inch wheels and fully adjustable WP Xplor suspension to flaunt its prowess when the asphalt ends.
Dirt Rider tested the 2019 machine and found that, “While riding at highway speeds the bike feels more like a twin than a single; its smooth character is capable of slaying comfy miles.” Further, “This updated LC4 engine proves to be the best yet with its plentiful torque, smooth delivery, and extremely tractable power. It has an exhilarating engine character that is capable of third-gear wheelies and cracking triple-digit speeds.”
We ran the 2019 690 Enduro R on our in-house dyno to find the rear wheel numbers recorded: 59.2 hp at 8,200 rpm and 43.4 pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm.
Competition includes its Husqvarna stable mate, the 701 Enduro, Honda XR650L, and Suzuki DR650S.
It was highly revamped in 2019, but no major updates for 2020. It did increase in price by $200 from 2019.