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.
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.
KTM 890 DUKE R TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
|Engine type||2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin|
|Bore / stroke||90.7 / 68.8 mm|
|Power||89 kW (119 bhp) @ 9,250 rpm|
|Torque||99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm|
|Starter / battery||Electric starter / 12V 10 Ah|
|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|
|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|
|Silencer||Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer|
|Steering head angle||65.7°|
|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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