MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM has announced that the all-new KTM 690 ENDURO R are set to arrive to the North American market in early spring 2019, with the hardest choice being which of these cutting-edge single-cylinder machines to take and where to point it at.

The return of the KTM 690 ENDURO R in 2019 offers riders a true long-distance Enduro machine, always ready to connect the tarmac with trails with its flexibility to perform excitably on and offroad.

Ride from home and feel the adrenaline build while chasing asphalt curves toward your favorite offroad location. No trailer required, just twist the throttle of the all-new KTM 690 ENDURO R, which really comes into its own when the dirt begins and the trail gets more extreme. Its new chassis, revised styling and an updated version of the trusted 690 LC4 engine, are enhanced by upgraded electronics and new WP XPLOR suspension. Thanks to the hydraulically actuated PASC slipper clutch, the rear wheel always remains under control, even in heavy trail braking. A standard, highly advanced cornering ABS with an aggressive set-up and offroad mode must of course also be included. The innovative WP forks with separate damping make it especially easy to find the optimum set-up, since the compression and rebound adjustments do not interfere with each other. A great chassis, cool looks, a powerful engine and great ergonomics all round ensure that riding the KTM 690 ENDURO R feels just as great in urban traffic and on back roads as it does on gravel and offroad. Master more challenging terrain on this lightweight, high-performance king of versatility. MSRP: $11,699.00 USD Go to www.ktm.com for more information.



  • NEW Dynamic LC4 single-cylinder engine with less vibration and more power featuring electronic fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire technology, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and 6-speed gearbox.

  • NEW styling based on the EXC family for a more aggressive look and enhanced ergonomics.

  • NEW chassis for optimized rider feel and control with a low seat (910 mm / 35.8 in).

  • Fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension with separate damping circuits and 250 mm (9.8 in) of travel for the best offroad suspension on the market.  

  • Cylinder head with dual ignition featuring individual timing control for optimal combustion.

  • Stainless steel exhaust with catalytic converter.

  • Ultra-light chrome-molybdenum trellis frame.

  • Self-supporting polymer rear fuel tank.

  • High quality Brembo braking system combined with lightweight waved discs.

  • Technology-leading Cornering ABS with Offroad mode (to disengage rear ABS) for hard braking under all circumstances and the Quickshifter+ for smooth clutchless shifting.

  • Motorcycle traction control (MTC) and Street and Offroad ride modes that can be switched directly from the handlebars for controlled power delivery.



  • Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, SOHC

  • Displacement: 690 cc

  • Bore/Stroke: 105 / 80 mm

  • Starter: Electric; 12V 8.6Ah

  • Transmission: 6 Gears

  • Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 50 mm Throttle Body

  • Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication, Two Oil Pumps

  • Cooling: Liquid Cooling

  • Clutch: PASC Slipper Clutch, Hydraulically Operated

  • Ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride-By-Wire, Dual Ignition

  • Frame: Chrome-moly Steel Trellis

  • Subframe: Self-supporting Plastic Tank

  • Handlebar: Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 28/22 mm

  • Front Suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm

  • Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Pro-Lever Linkage

  • Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 250 mm / 9.8 in; 250 mm / 9.8 in

  • Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 300 mm / 240 mm

  • Front/Rear Wheels: 1.85 x 21”, 2.50 x 18” 

  • Front/Rear Tires: 90/90-21”; 140/80-18” 

  • Steering Head Angle: 27.7º

  • Wheelbase: 1,502 mm ± 15 mm / 59 ± 0.6 in

  • Ground Clearance: 270 mm / 10.6 in

  • Seat Height: 910 mm / 35.8 in

  • Tank Capacity: 13.5 l / 3.6 gal

  • Dry Weight, Approx: 146 kg / 321.9 lbs 


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