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 type 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
Displacement 890 cc
Bore / stroke 90.7 / 68.8 mm
Power 89 kW (119 bhp) @ 9,250 rpm
Torque 99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Starter / battery Electric starter / 12V 10 Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel system DKK Dell’Orto (throttle body 46mm)
Control 8 V / DOHC
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oil Motorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50
Primary drive 39:75
Final drive 16:41
Cooling Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
Clutch Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch
Ignition / engine management Bosch EMS with RBW
Traction control MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode + Track mode optional)
Frame CrMo-steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
Subframe Aluminium, powder coated
Handlebar Aluminium, tapered,  28/22 mm
Front suspension WP APEX, 43 mm
Rear suspension WP APEX shock absorber
Suspension travel front / rear 140 / 150mm
Front brake 2 * Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc – 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc – 240 mm
Abs Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and super moto mode)
Wheels front / rear Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 – 17″; 5.50 – 17″
Tires front / rear 120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17
Chain X-Ring 520
Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle 65.7°
Trail 99.7 mm
Wheel base 1,482 mm ± 15 mm
Ground clearance 206 mm
Seat height 834 mm
Fuel tank capacity approx. 14 litres / 3.5 liters reserve
Dry weight approx. 166 kg


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