KTM Australia will release its updated 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R from March, 2021, with both receiving new graphics and enhanced rider assistance systems.
Changes for the new year are minor, with both models carrying over the 55kW/73Nm LC4 single-cylinder engine, although a revised catalytic converter allows the motor to meet Euro5 emissions standards.
The KTM 690 Enduro R benefits from enhanced rider modes, Street and OFFROAD, which now allow the rider to moderate the lean angle sensitive ABS on the fly.
Also new for the 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R is new digital instruments that show rpm and gear selection information, while aesthetic changes are limited to new graphics and colours.
The KTM 690 SMC R supermoto also gains the new cornering ABS system and instrument cluster, along with larger Brembo brakes for 2021.
Now equipped is Brembo monoblock callipers grabbing a 320mm disc at the front wheel, while a 240mm disc can be found at the rear.
As before, the KTM SMC R boasts track-focussed features like WP Apex suspension, a Supermoto rider mode, advanced traction control, and aggressive supermoto ergonomics.
The latest version of the LC4 engine, which debuted on the 690 range last year, is the most-powerful production single-cylinder engine on the market.
“The LC4 has been a powerful component of the KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R but we’ve still been able to harness that asset and continue to develop both motorcycles to be a special part of our KTM portfolio,” explained KTM product manager Joachim Sauer.
“We’ve found ways to give riders a more exciting and upgraded package for 2021 that keep the bikes as references in their segment.
“They are unique in their own special ways and we want to keep making them as essential as they are exhilarating.”
Pricing for the new KTM 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R has yet to be confirmed.
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