The Dirt Bike Guy: 2013 KTM 690 Enduro R
2013 KTM 690 Enduro R: A Solid Dual-Purpose Bike
I know I've talked about the
2012 version of the KTM 690 Enduro
R before, but I finally got the chance to ride the 2013 model,
and it definitely deserves the attention. After having been on the
market for several months, the KTM offering is probably familiar to
most riders, and even those who aren't should take note of this
intriguing bike. The dual-purpose machine is a great option for
motorists who like dirt and street riding and don't want to have to
choose between the two when heading to the great outdoors.
Technical Specs - Performance and Power
Powering the 2013 KTM 690 Enduro R is a water-cooled,
single-cylinder engine that has a displacement of 690cc. The
four-stroke, 66-horsepower engine is also more efficient than in
years past, consuming less gas and allowing you to fill up the tank
and get more time on the track without hurting your wallet.
The motorcycle's frame keeps the fuel tank out of the way, leaving plenty of room for a low seat and angled handlebars. The six-speed, claw-shifted transmission is easy to change no matter what the setting, and with 49 foot-pounds of torque, you should have no problem riding to wherever you need to be or conquering any type of terrain.
Off-Road vs. On The Road - Customization Is Key
One of my favorite aspects of the 2012
model is the anti-hopping clutch, an element that cancels out rear
wheel chatter that they've carried through to the 2013 edition.
Similarly, the electronic management system allows owners to choose
from different mappings, each of which impacts how the machine
distributes power. The ability to customize this to your own style
of riding is a great advantage, and it can enhance your experience
on dirt or roads.
There are many other ways you can tweak the bike to fit your own riding style. You can drop a tooth on the KTM 690 Enduro R's sprocket, which caters the machine to more dirt bike riding rather than pavement. It's also relatively easy to change out the motorcycle tires on the D.I.D. DirtStar rims in favor of other all-terrain items.
Despite its ergonomic design, it's still quite a large bike, and
riders will have to be conscious of how they ride it. The engine
may be able to handle you pushing the machine to the extremes, and
the suspension makes bumps in the road seem like nothing, so it's
easy to get lost in the riding experience. However, the heavy bike
- it weighs more than 300 pounds without fuel - does need to be
handled with some care to keep riders safe, especially when going
over jumps or obstacles on dirt.
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