2020 KTM 890 DUKE MOTORCYCLE REVIEW
The KTM 890 Duke R was unveiled at the 2019 EICMA. It is essentially a bored-out version of the KTM 790 Duke with premium underpinnings and features. Powering the bike is the KTM 790 Duke’s liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine but its capacity has been increased from 799cc to 890cc. This has resulted in an increase in power output from 105PS to 121PS. Even the peak torque is up from 87Nm to 99Nm.
We required some uplifting news, and KTM North America has conveyed, declaring the early accessibility of the fresh out of the brand new 890 Duke R, uncovered in Milan last November and initially proposed to dispatch in late 2020 as an MY2021 machine. Rather, KTM will acquire an "extremely set number" of 890 Duke R models this spring as 2020 models.
Basically, a more powerful and aggressive version of the impressive-in-its-own-right 790 Duke, 2020 890 Duke R features a new 890cc parallel twin with an increased bore and stroke, higher compression ratio and redline, larger valves, new piston design with new connecting rods and a new crankshaft, new individual mapping adjustment on each cylinder, a knock sensor and new engine cases. The new mill churns out more horsepower and torque, and KTM also says it provides better rideability due to increased rotating mass.
Brakes are by Brembo, with larger discs and Bosch ABS that includes a Supermoto setting, the suspension is fully-adjustable WP Apex front and rear, and electronic rider aids include new-generation traction control and ride modes with optional Track mode and Quickshifter+, all aided by a new 6D lean angle sensor.
Befitting its “super scalpel” mission, the 890 Duke R has a lower, flatter handlebar and footpegs that are higher and more rear-set for a sportier riding position and greater lean angle. It makes no pretensions at being anything other than a twisty-munching or track-attacking machine, with a solo seat and no pillion footpegs. It’s you and Mr. Duke, that’s it.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but barring any supply chain disruptions we should see the bike in dealerships sometime this spring.