KTM has prepared a new motorcycle for 2019. It’s about the new KTM 690 SMC R model that has been upgraded in many segments compared to its predecessors. We would highlight the new drive unit as well as the new electronics that make this KTM bike worthwhile. But let’s look at the features of the new motorcycle. In the following text, you will find everything that interests you about the 690 SMC R like design, drivetrain, competition and of course the price. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.
2019 KTM 690 SMC R Design
At first glance, the 2019 KTM 690 SMC R reminiscent of its appearance on off-road motorcycles, but with tires that are intended for regular driving conditions such as highway or city driving. This makes it great for all terrains where you want to drive it, but with proper tires, of course.
Also, you can immediately notice the cyclops headlight. One complaint for KTM are blinkers that could be placed on stock handguards, which, we believe, would be a better solution. As for the upper part of the machine, the handlebar is made of rubber which makes it quite comfortable during driving. Also, the seat has a boomerang shape, which caused the fuel tank to move substantially closer to the steering head. However, the seat is comfortable and provides the comfort of the driver as well as trick-riding if you decide on something like that.
KTM 690 SMC R Chassis
As for the chassis, we must first of all say that the KTM 690 SMC R has a chrome-moly tubular Trellis-type frame. The steering head is set to 26.4 degrees. WP APEX suspensions as well as 17-inch rims are installed on the front and rear forks. Also, the KTM 690 SMC R is equipped with Brembo brakes. A 320 mm disc brake with a four-piston caliper are installed on the front forks, while a rear 240 mm disc is equipped with a dual-channel Bosch ABS. If you turn on the Supermoto mode, then you can turn off the ABS function.
The new KTM 690 SMC R model for 2019 primarily differs from the predecessor of the new power unit. Here is a 690 LC4 power unit that has 690 cc. The bore is set at 105 mm, and the stroke is set at 80 mm. The 690 SMC R features Keihin Engine Management System as well as traction-control and ABS. Some interesting features that the new KTM’s motorcycle include are Power Assist Clutch and Quick-shift. It should also be said that the engine produces 54 pound-feet of torque as well as 74 horsepower. The maximum speed that can be reached by the 690 SMC R is 124 miles per hour.
The main competitor of this machine is the Hypermotard 950 produced by Ducati. Ducati’s motorcycle has a power unit with 937 cc of displacement, while the KTM 690 SMC R has 690 cc. On the other hand, Hypermotard has more horsepower, more precisely 114 horsepower, while the 690 SMC R has 74 ponies. Also, Ducati has 71 pound-feet of torque, versus 54 at KTM. These additional figures for the Italian machinery are also reflected at a higher price of $13,295.
KTM 690 SMC R Pricing
So, as we have said, perhaps the advantage of KTM is its set of prices in relation to its main competitor. It is expected that the price of the new motorcycle will go to $11,699 when it appears on shows in the United States. This is the starting price, but depending on the equipment it will grow.
“They call it power and comfort, though the Austrians persist in using, shall we say firm saddles that are not very comfortable, at least not to my bony butt. That said, the 690 SMC R delivers just what you need for your wheelies, endos, drifts and whatever else you crazy folks do nowadays. If someone has to do it, I’m glad it’s you instead of me.”
“There’s not really a lot of competition in this displacement range, but that doesn’t stop KTM from making the 690 SMC R better than it was before. It has more power-about 10 percent more-and more torque as well as less vibration by adding a second balancer shaft to make the ride better. The torque curve is smoother so you get reliable power delivery. The factory outfitted the bike with some nice electronics that I just don’t expect to see on a SuperMoto. I can see this bike being an awesome commuter as well as an all-around weekend fun bike.”