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KTM 690 Enduro R Gets Serious Upgrades for 2019

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We have long been wondering when the KTM 690 Enduro R would get an update, especially after seeing the Husqvarna 701 Enduro get the revised big thumper from the KTM 690 Duke street bike.

That wait is over for the 2019 model year, as the KTM 690 Enduro R gets a bevy of revisions.

A new motor, a new chassis, better suspension, and a slew of electronics, the 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R is better in practically every single way, which should ensure that this popular dual-sport continues to be at the top of the big-bore heap.

With the new engine comes more horsepower and more torque, to the tune of 72hp (54 kW) and 54 lbs•ft (73.5 Nm).

Topped up with its 3.2 gallons (13.5 liters) of fuel, the 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R weighs in at 344 lbs. Of note, this is 1.5 liters more fuel than the 2018 model carried.

Another upgrade comes in the form of the suspension being used, as KTM has sourced the WP XPLOR components for the new KTM 690 Enduro R, which come from KTM’s EXC range of dirt bikes. 

For those who aren’t familiar with WP’s wares, the WP XPLOR fork provides a split-damping system, while the rear shock is connected to the single-piece cast swingarm via a linkage, which produces a progressive suspension characteristic and high resistance against bottoming out.

What is most impressive though about the 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R is the list of electronics that the Austrians have bestowed on this venerable enduro. An IMU assists the cornering ABS and traction control systems, there are two different riding modes (Street and Off-road), and KTM has even thrown in its up/down quickshifter.

There is no word yet on pricing, but we doubt that the KTM 690 Enduro R will move too far from its current position.

Source: KTM

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Jensen Beeler

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