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ADV NewsKTM Unveils Updated 690 Enduro R for 2021

KTM Unveils Updated 690 Enduro R for 2021

The orange brand gives its big enduro a refresh for 2021.

Published on 11.11.2020

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years since we announced the last major updates to the KTM 690 Enduro R for the 2019 model year. The 690R has always been a slim, maneuverable machine with a capable WP suspension that allows it to blast down some of the toughest trails. Yet with its advanced tech and powerful 74 horsepower engine, it’s ready to go the distance loaded up for adventure.

The Austrian brand continues to find new ways to keep their big enduro fresh for 2021. The last refresh saw improvements in ergonomics, electronics and handling. Now for 2021, while America will mainly see new livery, KTM is unveiling several changes for the European model.

“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. We’ve found ways to give riders a more exciting and upgraded package for 2021 that keep the bikes as references in their segment.” — Joachim Sauer, KTM Product Manager


With the aim of enhanced practicality, KTM has added improved ride mode functionality through the handlebar switch: STREET mode enables two channels of ABS both on the front and rear of the bike. The OFFROAD setting disengages rear wheel ABS for that important rear braking feel on dirt. The ABS itself benefits from a new modulator unit to better regulate the force and application of the braking power required, which also means it can be activated ‘on the fly’ without the need for a ‘dongle.’ Although it’s worth noting that there are differences between the European and US models for 2021. We are told by KTM North America that here in the U.S. we will not receive the updates to the ABS system.

Another enhancement coming down the pipe is a new display with an integrated ABS ‘button’ to provide a rapid way to switch off the rider aid during off-road riding. The same display now shows indicators for RPM and gear selection. No details about the new dash were included in the US press release but it is mentioned on KTM’s U.S. website. 

When it comes to the aesthetic of the motorcycle, KTM has put together a new graphics package for 2021, with styling based on the EXC family for an aggressive look. The orange-gray color revision is a departure for the typical orange-black color scheme that has been used over the last 12 years, and is an eye-catching addition.

Across the pond in Europe, the 690 Enduro R will also receive a new catalytic converter to meet Euro5 emission standards and the bike can be clicked into a restricted-power mode (49 horsepower)  to comply with A2 license requirements. Authorized European KTM dealers are expected to begin receiving the new model starting in January of 2021, while availability here in the U.S. starts this December.

For more information visit the KTM website at

2021 KTM 690 Enduro R Highlights

  • New graphics and colorway with styling based on the EXC family.
  • A new dashboard provides the rider with currently selected gear as well as RPM in clear view on the display.
  • A new ABS modulator better regulates braking force for improved braking performance (Europe Only).
  • Now meets Euro5 emissions standards and the bike can be put into a restricted-power mode  to comply with A2 license requirements (Europe Only).
  • Dynamic and smooth LC4 single-cylinder engine with class-leading power featuring electronic fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire technology, dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and a 6-speed gearbox.
  • Agile chassis for optimized rider feel and control with a seat height of 910 mm / 35.8 in).
  • Adjustable WP XPLOR suspension with separate damping circuits and 250 mm (9.8 in) of travel for the best off-road suspension on the market.  
  • Cylinder head with dual ignition featuring individual timing control for optimal combustion.
  • Stainless steel exhaust with catalytic converter provides low emissions with high performance.
  • Ultra-light chrome-molybdenum trellis frame delivers exceptional agility and control in the corners or on technical terrain.
  • Self-supporting polymer rear fuel tank for improved center of gravity and reduced weight.
  • High quality Brembo braking system combined with lightweight waved discs bring the 690’s class-leading power under control.
  • Disengageable cornering ABS with optional Offroad ABS (to disengage rear ABS -dongle required) for hard braking under all circumstances and the standard Quickshifter+ for smooth clutchless up and down shifting.
  • Lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) and Street and Offroad ride modes that can be switched directly from the handlebars for controlled power delivery. Offroad mode increases throttle response and allows rear wheel slip and front wheel lifting for unrestrained offroad performance.  

2021 KTM 690 Enduro R Specs

Engine Type:Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, SOHC
Displacement:690 cc
Bore/Stroke:105 / 80 mm
Power:74 horsepower
Torque:54.2 ft-lbs (73.5 Nm)
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 XPLOR USD Ø 48 mm
Rear Suspension:WP XPLOR 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 
Price:$11,999 USD

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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November 11, 2020 11:01 am

A nice update! But come on KTM: still an old fashioned light bulb for the main light? LED is now state of the art, consumes less power, gives more light if designed correctly, hardly ever breaks and can’t be that much more expensive to produce!

November 11, 2020 11:33 am

Pretty uninspiring update.

November 12, 2020 7:01 am

Still they have that gas tank filler, that requires you to remove your pack/bags to fill the bike. This still keeps me from purchasing one and keep riding my Husaberg 570 FE.

Kyle Kirschenmann
Kyle Kirschenmann
November 25, 2020 9:51 am
Reply to  renodeano

That and 70 degree ‘Bergs rule!

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December 10, 2020 2:03 pm

So, almost nothing new for 2021. Those changes could have been done in 2020. I hope the reliablility will be better for this year.

LTC Hunter
LTC Hunter
August 12, 2021 2:49 am

As a first time rider, the ability to lower the horsepower for practicing seems attractive. I wonder if this “A2 license setting” is available in IS models.


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