If you love speed then racing is one of your favorite hobbies and even when you cannot race, then watching will be exciting. Among the most exciting races you can view, is a motorbike race and if you are a rider yourself, then one of the bikes you should get is the 2019 KTM 690 SMC R. Expected to arrive in March 2019, this bike returns with a promise to bring the brand’s Ready to Race approach right into the streets. KTM has never been known to disappoint with its bikes, and the KTM 690 SMC R brings with it changes including redesigning 2/3 of the bike’s components to upgrade the bike onto a faster, practical and accessible product. So what will make this product different? Let us take a close look into what KTM is offering with this upgraded bike.
The 690 SMC R will have an output of 74 hp from the single-cylinder engine, something which is mind-blowing since you would expect it to blow up after every five miles. However, it retains the SOHC design incorporated with a ride-by-wire technology in the four-valve LC4 motor. It has a dual balancer shaft with the new balancer shaft at the front of the single cam, inside the cylinder head. The head has a dual-spark with separate timing for each of the spark plugs. Getting the horsepower into the gearbox is made effortless with the light lever facilitating smooth movement of your left hand.
The extra power coming with the 690 SMC R has led to the redesigning of the chassis to ensure that the bike can cope effectively. The engineers have changed the steel trellis frame design making it stiffer and narrower in the areas surrounding the headstock to improve the steering lock. The update on the chassis has also been to improve the shock absorbent capability as well as for stopping power. It, therefore, has a WP APEX shock which is not only fully adjustable but also connected to the swing-arm through the linkage. Whenever you want to change the suspension configurations to normal, comfort or sports riding, you can get the suggestions under the seat. You also don’t have to fret about where to get the tools for adjusting the configurations since you can find them in a kit behind the radiator cowl, on the left.
It comes with two riding modes, sports, and street. The sports mode allows you to slide the back more by sharpening up the throttle response and backing off the traction control on ABS intervention. For the street mode, you get more intervention for the ABS and TC but also have the anti-stopping and anti-wheelie strategies ready. If you are looking to go for the full hooligan mode, you can turn off the traction and ABS control. For the Supermoto mode, you can lock the rear wheel and stoppie to the maximum height possible without the risk of locking up the front wheels. The bike also comes with a Quickshifter to enable you to change gears without stepping on the clutch since all you do is click the ratios up and down. Further, you can smooth out the engine braking with the New Motor Slip Regulation system installed in the bike.
The seat is 890 mm high to facilitate easy access without compromising on the lean angle. It also has a material that is finely grained to enhance a grip with the rider’s leather suit. If you love riding with your boots, then the removable rubber insert on the foot peg will guarantee comfort as you ride. The footpegs are also slim while the footrests are short to enable you to achieve a maximum lean angle. The handlebars are 808 mm wide and mounted with rubber to minimize the vibrations. The handlebars are also lightweight, and their shape ensures that you get optimum control no matter the mode in which you are riding.
The 17 inches rims and lightweight CNC machine hub wheels integrate to provide you with maximum control. The Bridgestone tires fitted on the bike enhance performance on the road while giving lots of grip which comes in handy for the race tracks. The Brembo brakes along with lightweight wave discs offer consistent brake feel and stopping power.