The 2021 KTM 690 SMC R uses the latest version of the familiar LC4 motor. The big short-stroke SOHC motor does not lack for power, and it has civilizing features such as dual balancer shafts, dual ignition, and ride-by-wire technology.
A nice suite of electronics allows the rider to tailor the ride to the situation. There are two riding modes—Sport and Street. Street mode is for more casual riding, while Sport allows you to get your supermoto mojo working. In the Sport mode, you can let the rear wheel slip and the front wheel lift. The cornering-aware ABS can be defeated if you get the optional Supermoto ABS dongle.
The six-speed gearbox gets some welcome assistance. The hydraulically actuated clutch has a slipper function, and an up/down clutchless quickshifter is standard.