Perhaps the end all, be all for enduro and supermoto fans would be KTM’s 690 series of hooligan machines. Boasting one of the largest thumpers in the motorcycle industry, the KTM LC8 engine is found in several of Team Orange’s models such as the 690 Duke, 690 Enduro R, and the 690 SMC R. That being said, the latter two have been given a much-needed update for the 2021 model year.
The KTM 690 Enduro R gets a few notable updates. Chief of which would be revised riding modes. Now equipped with a switch on the handlebar, the 690 Enduro R is made more capable by way of Street and Off-Road modes. On-Street, the 690 Enduro R keeps the rider safe with dual-channel ABS constantly on the lookout for overly enthusiastic inputs on the levers. Likewise, Off-Road mode switches this safety net off, leaving the rider in full control of the bike’s power. The high-performance dual-sport retains the 690cc thumper which churns out a healthy 74 hp, as well as the swanky WP XPLOR suspension.
Moving on to the KTM 690 SMC R, it is now bestowed with high-end electronics that make the hooligan machine a tad safer. For starters, the SMC R is equipped with cornering ABS as well as a supermoto ABS mode which deactivates the system for the rear wheel. It also receives an updated Brembo M 4.32 Monoblock caliper upfront for even better braking performance.
For the 2021 model year, both the KTM 690 Enduro R and the KTM 690 SMC R are now Euro 5 compliant. For European riders, both bikes come with an A2 license restriction kit which limits output to 47 hp. Locally, the KTM 690 Enduro R will set you back a handsome P790,000, making it one of the most expensive dual-sports money can buy. On the other hand, the KTM 690 SMC R will have you shelling out a more manageable, albeit pricey P610,000. That being said, we’ll just have to wait for KTM Philippines to announce the pricing of the updated models next year.