Do singles have all the fun? The KTM LC4 engine’s performance and light weight in the midsize motorcycle market is now, fully prepped for Euro5 emission standards. It forms the heart of new and refocused 2021 KTM 690 SMC R.
The KTM 690 SMC R takes the torque and pace of the LC4 into a pulse quickening supermoto form. The bike is very single-minded and has always been a wholesome expression of KTM motorcycling; sporty, aggressive, extreme but eminently usable. This has been cultured through the years thanks to evolution of the top-quality chrome-molybdenum steel tubing chassis, WP APEX suspension, purposeful supermoto ergonomics, and wide-ranging electronic ABS modes such as Cornering and Supermoto mode (rear wheel deactivation of lean angle input).
The KTM 690 SMC R has the same new ABS modulator as the KTM 690 ENDURO R, permitting adjustment ‘on the go’ as well as the handy new dash.
The KTM 690 SMC R boasts large and high quality Brembo brakes and for the 2021 model the braking system has been augmented. A latest generation Brembo M 4.32 monoblock caliper lifts the grade of stopping performance even further on the 320mm front disc (240mm rear) thanks to optimized stiffness. The result gives even more control and feel at the rider’s fingertips.
As with its LC4 cousin, the KTM 690 SMC R gets a cosmetic makeover that lift its styling and appeal to further heights. The bike has a sharp and modern look to fulfill its status as KTM’s latest symbol of supermoto excellence for the road as well as any circuit setting.
Additionally, a new specification of the catalytic converter has been fitted to the muffler, which sees Euro5 status of emissions for both LC4-equipped machines. Both models can be clicked into a 35kW power setting to meet A2 license status.
The KTM 690 SMC R 2021 will be available at authorised KTM dealers from January 2021 onwards. For more info visit www.ktm.com.
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