SU­PER­MOTO MADNESS FROM £2K

MCN - - THIS WEEK -

When the loony tunes 690 SMC R van­ished from KTM’s range in 2017, con­spir­acy the­o­rists sug­gested board­room pol­i­tics had seen it culled as a po­ten­tial ri­val to the then new Husq­varna 701. But KTM were sim­ply pri­ori­tis­ing other mod­els that year and the bril­liant SMC R is back for 2019 with the Duke’s Euro5-com­pli­ant LC4 sin­gle­cylin­der en­gine, and con­tin­u­ing a lin­eage that stretches back to 1994.

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