We test the KTM 690 Enduro R with the BMW F800GS to see if the big KTM Single can hold its own in the adventure world. Read the full report in our 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R Comparison.
- The KTM loves to attack in the dirt.
- The KTM was able to make it through virtually everything, even if it took some foot-paddling for moral support.
- With no luggage and a narrow profile, the 690 has much less trouble in small spaces.
- The fuel injection is another of the real advances. Unlike nearly every road-going Single produced in recent history, the 690 does not feel like it has been completely detuned.
- If we had to get off and scout ahead, the KTM was always first to test what's passable and what isn't.
- The view from the KTM is unencumbered, which means it offers zero protection aside from the handguards, which work very well, thankfully.
- The 690 Enduro R is big for a dirt bike, but it's small for an adventure bike.
- After switching directly from the BMW it beels absolutely like a full-blown dirt machine.
- While still dubbed the LC4, the next generation package is a big leap from the previous version. The 655cc motor is far more refined than its predecessor, with more power and a complete lack of vibration from the counterbalanced motor.
- The 48mm inverted fork has both compression and rebound adjustments, although it lacks the preload adjuster found on most of its KTM siblings. The rear is fully adjustable and features a linkage system. Both ends are sprung relatively stiff.
- 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R Comparison
- Coming in at a 320-pound curb weight, it sits right at the very upper limit of something that could be considered a true dirt mount.
- The seat is a long and narrow instrument of torture.
- The headlight on the KTM is woeful.