We think nothing less than a crazy hooligan machine when KTM pops up. The Austrian manufacturer for long has been crowned to produce some of the most insane delivering engines.
The tale continues, but this time inside a Supermoto. Making supermotos great again, KTM has brought its high-seated candidate back in the game. For the 2019 model year, the company is bringing back the 690 SMC R model to its line-up and we cannot wait anymore. The bike as we assumed is based on the KTM 690 Enduro R with a set of 17-inch hoops instead of the 21/18-inch combo.
We can say that the bike will be a charmer, considering that it clocks its maximum output at 72bhp and 73.5Nm from the 690-cc single cylinder power plant. The SMC weighs roughly a kilogram heavier than its dirt-bike twin scaling at 156kg when topped with fuel.
Apart from its tall stance and sick mechanics, the bike comes with a plethora of new electric features including an IMU assists the cornering ABS (which includes a “Supermoto Mode”) and traction control systems; there are two different riding modes (Street and Sport); and KTM has even thrown in its up/down quick-shifter for good measure.
While the SMC might be a slightly tweaked iteration of the Enduro, both the bike varies drastically in the suspensions. The SMC gets a fully adjustable WP APEX 48, which have springs in each fork tube, but separate out the damping duties (rebound on the right, compression on the left).
Braking duties of the bike are handled by a Brembo apparatus with a radially mounted four-piston calliper on the front wheel, complemented with a 320mm disc.