After a year on this bike, I have to admit I'm still pretty impressed. I've owned 3 Kawasaki KLR 650's in the past but this is nothing like them. KTM's quality control, attention to detail and use of high end components really pays off. Especially in the weight savings, suspension and handling departments. If you want a budget adventure bike, the KLR is a great choice. But if you want a truly capable go-anywhere, light weight, fun to ride adventure bike, the 690 Enduro R is your bike. The bike is tall, so climbing on and off can be a chore. The fully adjustable suspension is a DREAM, especially off road. It soaks up ruts and bumps on really bad dirt roads with aplomb. It's extremely comfortable. Deep Sand? No problem! Just put your weight back and let her rip. The light weight and great suspension really shine here. My only complaint about the bike is the stock gas filler neck. It sucks. I replaced it with a machine from billet high end piece.
Submitted February 2018:
Upgrades: CJ DESIGNS BILLET FUEL FILLER NECK (MUST HAVE OPTION)
KTM TANK BAG
NOMADIC LUGGAGE RACK
ADVENTURE EXTENDED CARRIER
MOOSE RACING TAIL BAG
Heidenau K60 Scout, Dual-Sport Rear Tire. The Stock Pirelli tire was shredded at just 3,500 miles