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.

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KTM 890 DUKE R TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

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