KTM 690 Enduro R (2019+) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule for the KTM 690 Enduro R as made from 2019 onward.

In 2019, KTM updated its long-running KTM 690 Enduro R significantly revised the engine, giving it more power and fewer vibes by way of a counterbalancer.

As previously, the 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R is based on a 690cc SOHC 4-valve engine with ride-by-wire and two spark plugs. The 2019+ KTM 690 Enduro R makes peak power of 55 kW (74 hp) at 8000 rpm — making the ~160 kg (~350 lb) dual sport bike quite spritely.

But the 2019+ KTM 690 Enduro R is much smoother than its predecessor, and also has a lot more keep-you-alive electronics.

The KTM 690 Enduro R is still being made, not really threatened by the parallel twin-powered KTM 890 Adventure R.

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R LHS studio by Mitterbauer H
Photography by Mitterbauer H.

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What you need to service your KTM 690 Enduro R (2019+)

Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to do a service on your KTM 690 Enduro R.

PartKTM 690 Enduro R spec
Engine oilThe manual specifies Motorex Power Synthetic 4T 10W/50, or another SAE 10W-50 fully synthetic engine oil that meets JASO T903 MA2 spec, e.g. Motul 7100 10W-50.
Oil filterUse part number 58038005100 or Hiflofiltro part HF155, a popular equivalent. (This oil filter is used in most KTM adventure bikes.)
Fork oilThe manual recommends SAE 4 fork oil, e.g. Motorex 4W fork oil.
Brake fluidThe manual requires DOT 4 or DOT 5.1, recommending Castrol DOT 4 or Motorex DOT 5.1 brake fluid.
Air filterUse a K&N KT-6908 air filter, which has been the same on all 690 Enduro R models since 2009.
CoolantKTM recommends Motorex Coolant M3.0 or other “high-grade, silicate-free coolant with corrosion inhibitors”.
Spark plugYou need two NGK Iridium IX spark plugs — LKAR9BI-10 for the inside spark plug, and LMAR7DI-10 for the outside spark plug.
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste, a conveniently small and highly regarded chain lubricant.
KTM 690 Enduro R service items

Maintenance schedule for the KTM 690 Enduro R (2019+)

The KTM 690 Enduro R’s maintenance is split up into “required” and “recommended” maintenance.

Basic service intervals for the 690 Enduro R are every 10000 km (6200 mi) OR every year. After either the distance interval or time period has passed, check to see what’s due.

Items that need dealer-specific tools or resources are marked [Dealer].

Required maintenance

Below is the “required” maintenance schedule for your KTM 690 Enduro R.

Most of the items you can do at home, but some of them a dealer needs special equipment for.

miles x 10000.626.212.4
km x 100011020Every
[Dealer] Read out the fault memory using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Program the shift shaft sensor.Year
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.Year
Change the engine oil and the oil filter, clean the oil screens.Year
Check the front brake linings.Year
Check the rear brake linings.Year
Check the brake discs.Year
Check the brake lines for damage and tightnessYear
Check the front brake fluid level.Year
Check the rear brake fluid level.Year
Check the hydraulic clutch fluidYear
Change the front brake fluid. (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Change the rear brake fluid. (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Change the hydraulic clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Check the free travel of the foot brake leverYear
Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Perform service as needed and depending on how the vehicle is used.Year
Clean the dust boots of the fork legs
Check fthe steering head bearing playYear
Check the tire conditionYear
Check tire pressureYear
Check the spoke tensionYear
Check for rim run-outYear
Check the chain, rear sprocket, engine sprocket, and chain guide.Year
Check the chain tensionYear
Change the fuel screen
Change the spark plugs (NGK Iridium IX: LKAR9BI-10, LMAR7DI-10)
Check the valve clearance
Check the antifreeze and coolant levelYear
Check the cables for damage and routing without kinksYear
Change the air filter (KT-6908), clean the air filter box
Check the fuel pressure.Year
Check the headlight setting.
Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly.Year
Final check: Check the vehicle is roadworthy and take a test ride.Year
[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Set the service interval.Year
[Dealer] Make a service entry in KTMDealer.netYear
KTM 690 Enduro R — Required maintenacne

Recommended maintenance

Below is the maintenance that you should do regularly on your KTM bike.

miles x 10000.626.218.6
km x 100011030Every
Check the frame
Check the link fork
Check for fork bearing for play
Check the wheel bearing for play.Year
Empty the drainage hosesYear
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain, etc.) and check for smooth operation with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage, etc.) and sleeves for cracking, tightness, and incorrect routingYear
Check the tightness of the safety-relevant screws and nuts which are easily accessible.Year
Change the coolant (Motorex Coolant M3.0)4 years
Recommended maintenance — KTM 690 Enduro R

About the KTM 690 Enduro R

KTM has been making the KTM 690 Enduro R in 690cc capacity since 2012. It’s KTM’s big “enduro” bike — competing with the likes of the Honda XR650L.

The difference is that the KTM 690 bike has always been more technologically advanced. The Honda XR650L never got fuel injection, whereas the KTM has had it for over a decade.

Forget about ABS, or even cornering ABS.

(None of this is to cash shadows on the XR650L, of course. In many ways, it’s perfect, and that’s why Honda hasn’t touched it.)

Nonetheless, the KTM is a huge favourite for enduro riders who take the 690 Enduro R on all kinds of gnarly trails, and even endure some highway stints in between.

In 2012, the KTM 690 Enduro R got a capacity true to its name. Prior to that, it had been a 654cc single.

In 2014, KTM updated the 690 Enduro R further, giving it a dual-spark engine (for better combustion) and a ride-by-wire throttle. This engine stayed constant until 2018, and has been well loved by the enduro crowd.

But the 2014-2018 KTM 690 Enduro R, while a weapon off-road, was a little buzzy for long highway duty — if you wanted to make your enduro bike do that kind of thing.

KTM fixed this with the latest generation of the KTM 690 Enduro R. The 2019+ model has an updated LC4 engine with two balancer shafts to quell the vibrations. On top of that, KTM gave the 2019+ 690 Enduro R a fraction more power and a quickshifter to add to the merriment.

The 2019+ KTM 690 Enduro R gets a host of rider aids too, like lean angle-senstive ABD and traction control, via its IMU.

Ride gear on the 690 Enduro R is simple but competent — a single 300mm disc with a Brembo 2-piston caliper up front, and a 240mm disc with a 1-piston caliper at the rear.

Tyres and pressures for the KTM 690 Enduro R (2019+)

The KTM 690 Enduro R ships with Mitas E-07 tyres, but you can of course give it anything from street to full on off-road tyres.

It has a very offroad-friendly 21/18 tyre size combination.

WheelTyre (Tire) size
Front90/90-21 M/C 54T M+S TT
Rear140/80-18 M/C 70T M+S TT
Tyre sizes for the KTM 690 Enduro R

Use the same tyre pressures front and rear. Here are the recommended pressures for the KTM 690 Enduro R:

  • Offroad solo: 22 psi / 1.5 bar
  • Road solo: 26 psi / 1.8 bar
  • With passenger: 32 psi / 2.2 bar

Manual for the KTM 690 Enduro R

The above maintenance schedule comes from the manual for the KTM 690 Enduro R, with reference to parts diagrams.

You can download manuals for your KTM motorcycle from their website.

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