It’s nearly time. KTM’s getting ready to launch its 890 Duke R to the world, and you can watch it right here. The action kicks off at 4pm – so you’ve got less than an hour to wait for the inside line on the Austrian factories latest naked.

First seen at the big bike shows towards the end of 2019, the 890 Duke R is essentially a more powerful version of the much loved 790 Duke which was launched back in 2018. But as you’d expect, there’s much more to it than that. Of course, engine capacity is up from 799cc to 889cc – which in turn means there’s now 119bhp and 73ftlb of torque on tap.

STREAM the WORLD LAUNCH of KTM’s 890 Duke R. Right HERE at 4pm.

KTM’s also fitted the 890 Duke R with adjustable WP suspension and super-sticky Michelin Power Cup Evo rubber. And to further aid its corner carving potential, the seat height and footrests have been raised, which in turn has increased the bikes ground clearance.



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, Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP APEX, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP APEX shock absorber
Suspension travel front / rear 140 / 150mm
Front brake Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper with 320mm disc
Rear brake Brembo single piston floating caliper with 240mm disc
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 litres reserve
Dry weight approx. 166 kg

Priced at £10,399, it’s not a cheap machine – but taking into consideration all of the bike you’re getting for your money, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all. With all bike testing cancelled for the immediate future, we’ll have to sit tight to see what the first reviews say… but knowing KTM, we’re fairly confident they’ll be sparkling. For more information on all things KTM, click HERE.

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