All You Need To Know – 2020 KTM Duke 890R


Austrian bike maker KTM has revealed the new 202 KTM Duke 890R. The motorcycle made its debut at 2019 EICMA motorcycle show and there is a strong possibility that KTM will bring this model to our local shores. Speculations are rife that the company is conducting a feasibility study about the launch of the bike in India although there is no official confirmation is in this regard. Also, it is not confirmed whether the bike will replace 790 Duke or will be sold as a standalone mode.

In terms of changes in the engine, 2020 KTM Duke 890R comes powered by an 890cc parallel-twin engine capable of putting out 119bhp and 99Nm of max Power and max torque respectively. The output figures are 15bhp and 14Nm greater than what 790 Duke churns out. KTM claims that 890 Duke R offers a more responsive bottom-end and powerful mid-range compared to the 790 Duke. More importantly, the output of 890 Duke R put it in a crosshairs with Triumph Street Triple RS.

In terms of mechanical hardware, 2020 KTM Duke 890R features WP upside-down forks which can be adjusted both for rebound and compression. Fully adjustable WP monoshock rear suspension features a linear spring and comes with the feature of the preload adjuster. Front and rear brakes get 320 mm and 240mm discs respectively and in order to provide better-stopping power, Brembo units at both fronts have been employed. Also, Michelin power cup II tires have been called for the duty for enhanced ride stability.

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2020 KTM Duke 890R comes with an impressive package of the electronic system which includes cornering ABS, multiple riding modes, traction control system (lean-sensitive), quick-shifter (optional), and track mode. The company has also increased the seat height and ground clearance of the 890 Duke R compared to 790 Duke and its decision to move footrests higher has changed the riding position of the bike to a certain extent. In spite of all these additions, the new 890 Duke R weighs less than 790 Duke by 3 kg which is really a commendable achievement.

2021 KTM Duke 890R (2)

 Extremely powerful, torquey parallel twin 890 cc DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection,
dual balancer shafts, PASC slipper clutch and Ride-by-Wire for a smoother and more refined
 Based on the parallel twin of the KTM 790 DUKE, the engine features an increased bore and
stroke, higher compression ratio and rpm ceiling, larger valves and a new piston design
coupled with new connecting rods and a new crankshaft, all wrapped in new engine cases.
 New crankshaft with 20% more rotating mass for improved engine character at constant
speed and improved cornering stability due to its gyroscopic effect.
 New sensors specifically developed for KTM by DELL’ORTO in each throttle body to
measure the manifold pressure and adjust the mixture accordingly, allowing individual
mapping control per cylinder.
 New box piston features 10 gram weight reduction despite larger bore,
three piston rings and a bronze conrod bearing to support the increased
RPM and power.

 New cylinder head developed to accommodate a set of larger 37 mm intake and 30 mm
exhaust valves, a new camshaft with increased lift and more aggressive profile and a new
balancer shaft to match the increased RPM and increased rotating mass.
 Faster gear changes have been achieved through shorter shift lever action. This is combined
with new settings for the optional Quickshifter+ to improve clutchless up and down shifting

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 Precise, ultralight tubular Chromium Molybdenum steel frame with a cast aluminum
 Fully adjustable, cutting-edge WP APEX forks feature split function damping for excellent
response, stability and tuneability.
 Fully adjustable WP APEX shock offers high and low speed compression settings, as well as
rebound adjustment. A hydraulically adjustable preload adjuster allows for quick and easy
tuning on the fly.
 Triple clamp stiffness has been tuned to match the flex of the fork, contributing to sporty
handling and excellent feedback. An aluminum steering stem has been used instead of steel,
as on the KTM 790 DUKE, to reduce the overall weight.
 Powerful BREMBO Stylema brake calipers paired with lighter 320 mm floating front discs
offer unmated stopping power and a 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) reduction of unsprung weight.
 BREMBO MCS master cylinder allows the rider to adjust lever ratio and brake feel.
 Cornering ABS with Supermoto ABS for rider-centric control.
 A completely new generation of lean-angle sensitive MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) now
uses two different controllers (a wheelslip controller and a pitch angle controller) to offer
advanced traction control behavior and settings.
 Selectable ride modes including Sport, Street, Rain and optional Track allow for easy
changes to engine and MTC character.

 Optional Track mode includes 9-level adjustable traction control, launch control and antiwheelie off.
 Multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear.
 Premium Michelin Power Cup tires offer exceptional grip in all track and street conditions.
 Sharp aggressive styling runs from the front to the rear for a look that is pure DUKE and
includes an orange powder coated frame, standard on “R” models.
 LED headlight and LED daytime running lights for excellent visibility and illumination.
 Die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is precisely manufactured and has been optimized for
stiffness while still offering excellent flex characteristics and features a steeper angle for
increased stability.

 WP steering damper fitted as standard and set up to feel as natural as possible, giving the
rider a secure feeling while keeping the agile riding character of the bike.
 New, flatter tapered aluminum handlebar offers a more aggressive riding position and is
adjustable in 4 positions on the triple clamp and can be rotated in three further positions.

2021 KTM Duke 890R (1)

Engine Type: Parallel Twin, 4-Stroke, DOHC
Displacement: 890 cc
Bore/Stroke: 90.7/68.8 mm
Starter: Electric; 12V 10Ah
Transmission: 6 Gears
Fuel System: DKK Dell’Orto, 46 mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication with 2 Oil Pumps
Cooling: Liquid Cooling with Water/Oil Heat Exchanger
Clutch: PASC (Power Assisted Slipper Clutch), Mechanically Operated
Ignition: Bosch EMS with Ride-By-Wire
Frame: CroMoly Tubular Steel, Engine as Stressed Member
Subframe: Cast Aluminum
Handlebar: Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 26/22 mm
Front Suspension: WP APEX USD Ø 43 mm
Rear Suspension: WP APEX Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 140 mm/5.5 in; 150 mm/5.9 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 mm/240 mm
Front/Rear Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 5.50 x 17”
Front/Rear Tires: 120/70ZR17”; 180/55ZR17”
Steering Head Angle: 24.3º
Wheelbase: 1,482 mm ± 15 mm / 58.3 ± 0.6 in
Ground Clearance: 206 mm / 8.1 in
Seat Height: 834 mm / 32.8 in
Tank Capacity: 14 L / 3.7 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 166 kg / 365.9 lbs

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