KTM has beefed up their potency in the midweight segment with the new KTM 890 DUKE R. Foregoing some of the excellent daily capabilities of its younger brother – the KTM 790 DUKE – the KTM 890 DUKE R is a sportier and edgier naked bike for hard riding.

More power and more torque come from the new engine (119 HP @ 9,250 and 99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm), which has been teamed with ‘racier’ ergonomics, better brakes, and fully adjustable WP APEX suspension. It also has increased compression from the 12.7:1 of the 790 to 13.5:1. It is also 3 kgs lighter than the 790 at 166 kg dry.

2020 KTM 890 Duke R HD wallpaper
2020 KTM 890 Duke R HD wallpaper

Braking is done by the trust worthy radially-mounted Brembo Stylema four-pot calipers with dual 320 mm discs at front. Interestingly the the rear caliper is a single piston one but still sports the 240 mm disc. Electronics wise it gets the cornering ABS and cornering traction control all managed by the Bosch 9.1 MP IMU-equipped braking controller.

Other changes over the 790 Duke include a slightly increased trail lower handle bars and slightly longer wheel base at 1482 mm. The seat height is also now higher at 834 mm. The ground clearance is also now higher at 206 mm.

Will the 890 Duke R replace the 790 here in India next year? There are two possibilities in our opinion, either we will get a BS6 ready 790 or we will see a ‘non R’ version of the 890 Duke to replace the 790. Which one do you guys want?

KTM 890 Duke R specifications

Engine type2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
Displacement890 cc
Bore / stroke90.7 / 68.8 mm
Power89 kW (119 bhp) @ 9,250 rpm
Torque99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm
Compression ratio13.5:1
Starter / batteryElectric starter / 12V 10 Ah
Transmission6 gears
Fuel systemDKK Dell’Orto (throttle body 46mm)
Control8 V / DOHC
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oilMotorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50
Primary drive39:75
Final drive16:41
CoolingLiquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
ClutchCable operated PASC Slipper clutch
Ignition / engine managementBosch EMS with RBW
Traction controlMTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode + Track mode optional)
FrameCrMo-steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SubframeAluminium, powder coated
HandlebarAluminium, tapered,  28/22 mm
Front suspensionWP APEX, 43 mm
Rear suspensionWP APEX shock absorber
Suspension travel front / rear140 / 150mm
Front brake2 * Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc – 320 mm
Rear brakeBrembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc – 240 mm
AbsBosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and super moto mode)
Wheels front / rearCast aluminium wheels 3.50 – 17″; 5.50 – 17″
Tires front / rear120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17
ChainX-Ring 520
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle65.7°
Trail99.7 mm
Wheel base1,482 mm ± 15 mm
Ground clearance206 mm
Seat height834 mm
Fuel tank capacityapprox. 14 litres / 3.5 liters reserve
Dry weightapprox. 166 kg


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