More torque, more rpm, more speed, more stopping power and more aggressive
The bike is based on the 790 Duke model. It was built using a new engine platform while the frame was redesigned. To make it a track-focused machine, KTM added a new Track riding mode.
The engine of the KTM 890 Duke R is new and the brand claims the electronics package is set for racing. Let’s see what this bike is all about.
- The 890 Duke R has a new 890cc parallel-twin engine making it the only bike in KTM’s model range to have such a unit. Power delivery is 121hp (89kW) @ 9,250 rpm and 99 Nm of torque @ 7,750 rpm.
- The engine was fitted with a new crankshaft that was designed to generate 20% more rotational mass compared to the 790 Duke model. This means more stability at high speed and a smoother throttle response. Moreover, KTM claims the 890 Duke R has more cornering stability as well.
- The 890 Duke R has a new fully adjustable WP APEX suspension. The fork and monoshock have split functions for damping, linear springs and are adjustable for compression, rebound and preload.
- The braking system is provided by a new Brembo system which is lighter thanks to the aluminium carriers. The front floating braking discs are 320 mm. The Brembo Stylema monoblock brake callipers offer advanced tech through optimized airflow to the pads and less braking fluid, therefore a shorter lever stroke.
- The Multi Click system is an adjustable facility for the lever ratio and akin to altering the piston diameter. Riders can opt for a more gradual progressive feel or a shorter and sharper sensation.
- The ergonomics of the bike feature an aggressive riding position with the rider placed higher and further forward to increase the front end feel. Also, the handlebars are lower and set further forward to enhance the racing style. The footpegs are larger compared to the 790 Duke and have been mounted higher and towards the rear of the motorcycle.
- The naked bike features a new electronics package and rider aids. It includes Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) with a new 6D lean angle sensor that detects the side-to-side and forwards and backwards pitch of the bike and also its drift positioning. The wheel slip controller and pitch angle controller enhance the bike’s traction. The ride modes feature a new Track setting which is a nine-level ‘slippage’ gauge that allows the rider full customization on traction, anti-wheelie and throttle control.