Popular dual-sport machine, the KTM 690 Enduro R, takes styling cues from the competition enduro range for “updated aesthetics” on the 2023 model revealed this week.

Powered by the iconic LC4 engine, the latest edition of the KTM 690 Enduro R gets a new look this year after some bigger changes in previous model generations.

2023 KTM 690 Enduro R Highlights:

  • New colours on the bodywork with styling based on the EXC family
  • LC4 single-cylinder engine featuring electronic fuel injection, ride-by-wire technology, dual-balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and six-speed transmission
  • Low seat height (910mm/35.8in)
  • Adjustable WP XPLOR suspension with separate damping circuits and 250 mm (9.8 in) of travel
  • Lightweight chrome-molybdenum trellis frame
  • Polymer rear fuel tank improves centre of gravity and reduced weight
  • Brembo braking system combined with waved discs
  • Cornering ABS with optional Offroad ABS (to disengage rear ABS, dongle required)
  • Quickshifter for clutchless gear changes
  • Lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), plus Street and Offroad ride modes switched directly from the handlebars


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Among the details and many optional extras available for the latest generation 690 Enduro R (see images but it includes things like engine guards, panniers, wrap-around handguards) is the optional Offroad ABS dongle. It is simple, you just plug it in and gain an extra step Enduro21 knows from experience is worth the investment.

It lets you select less ABS intervention to the front wheel and completely disables ABS on the rear. When you’re riding off-road, the standard settings can be a hindrance more than a help so adding this doesn’t just let you slide the rear to tight turn but helps on technical downhills where traction is minimal.

Ideally, it needs a full off setting in our view but this helps a lot in loose or slick terrain. Xavier de Soultrait looks like he’s having a good time with things turned off in the video and images.

Enduro21 has tested the 690 extensively and you can read more about that here: Tested: KTM 690 Enduro R

KTM 690 Enduro R specifications:

Engine Type: single cylinder, four-stroke, SOHC

Displacement: 692.7cc

Bore/Stroke: 105/80 mm

Starter: electric; 12V 8.6Ah

Transmission: six-speed

Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 50mm throttle body

Lubrication: pressure lubrication, two oil pumps

Cooling: liquid cooling

Clutch: PASC hydraulic slipper clutch

Ignition: Keihin EMS with ride-by-wire, dual ignition

Frame: Chrome-moly steel trellis

Subframe: Self-supporting plastic tank

Handlebar:  Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22mm

Front Suspension: WP XPLOR USD Ø 48mm

Rear Suspension: WP XPLOR Monoshock with pro-lever linkage

Suspension travel front/rear: 250mm/9.8in

Front/Rear Brakes: disc brake 300mm/240mm

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: 1,502mm ± 15mm/59 ± 0.6 in

Ground Clearance: 270 mm/10.6 in

Seat Height: 910 mm/35.8in

Tank Capacity: 13.5 l/3.6 gal

Dry Weight, Approx: 146kg/321.9lbs


More information and prices in your country: www.ktm.com


Photo Credit: Sebas Romero