The KTM 690 Enduro is the only mid-sized bike in the 300 lb. weight category with enough power to take on the highways at exhilarating speeds while remaining nimble off-road. With merits like that, it’s the basis for an ideal project bike. Like any machine, modifications can be made to better fit riding styles, preferences or conditions. Since ADVMoto likes to keep things quirky, we decided to showcase a range of products available from both old and new players on the ADV aftermarket scene in our efforts to transform this beast into an off-road capable, travel-friendly companion.
Rad MFG Wheels
To continue our mantra on making adventure bikes not only off-road capable but usable for the inseam challenged, we turned to our old friends at Rad Manufacturing to lace up a new 19/17 wheel combo. With the stock 21/18 wheels, the 690’s saddle height pushes 36 inches, a bit high for some. By swapping to the 19/17 wheels and using a lower saddle, we managed to get the saddle height down to a reasonable 33 inches, which compresses even more after weight is applied. As a result, those with a 30 or 31-inch inseams can flat-foot the bike without losing too much in ground clearance.
Another added benefit of the 19-inch front wheel is that it stabilizes the bike at highway speeds. In stock form, the 690 develops notable wheel-shake at about 60 mph (without the addition of a steering stabilizer). The 19-inch front wheel also makes for better pavement carving while remaining competent off-road—balancing out the bike for true 50/50 use. The downside is that the kickstand will need to be shortened. Unfortunately Rad Manufacturing has shut down its operation, so if you’re interested in a custom wheel set, contact Woody’s Wheel Works or Warp 9 for more information. MSRP: $1,170 WoodysWheelWorks.com | Warp9Racing.com
Update: Some have requested rim specifications. Those are included below.
SAVA MC 60 GETaWAY Tires
Regardless of wheel size, tires play the most important role in keeping the right end up on any surface. SAVA’s MC 60s, available from RawHyde, proved a great addition to the bike with confident handling both on and off pavement. Although the front held out well over 3,500 miles, there remained only 10% tread on the rear. Like many big block style tires, we expect less than stellar mileage on heavier bikes, but would like to see more longevity given the 690s reduced weight and torque.
MSRP: $354 (set) RawHyde-OffRoad.com | Also available at Revzilla.com
Next we tackled chain maintenance. Dust, dirt, mud and water crossings expose chains to the nastiest of elements, and will severely eat up chain and sprocket life. Scottoiler’s automatic oiling system works well in keeping these parts lubricated. Older models simply dripped oil onto the chain, but Scottoiler’s newer system has adjustable flow rates which are vacuum actuated and only works when the engine is running. Even if you’re really good about maintaining your chain, the Scottoiler system will give you peace of mind in knowing you’re getting more life from your drive components.MSRP: $139 Scottoiler.com | Also available at Twistedthrottle.com
What’s not to love about a 70 hp, 300 lb. bike? With numbers like that promising thrilling performance, we didn’t need to do much in terms of power except in shaving a few pounds and adding some noise with a Wings Exhaust from Slovenia. Although the Wings units must be bought and shipped from overseas, they arrive amazingly fast in the U.S. Purchasing is done by email, which is a bit dated, but ultimately you end up with one of the nicest sounding finished exhausts for nearly any KTM—and at a very good price! MSRP: (Contact for pricing) Wings.si