2020 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM Duke R
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM released the 790 Duke last year to criticial acclaim but they have one-upped the concept for 2020 with a new 890 Duke R. The new model does not replace the 790 Duke, but will sell alongside it as a more premium option that delivers a bit more sting and will arrive in Australia sometime in the second-quarter of 2020. 

KTM DukeAnd for the first time in the known history of the universe a KTM model displaces the cubic capacity it says on the box!  The 890 Duke R displaces exactly 890 cc thanks to both a bore and stroke increase over the 790 Duke, which actually displaced 799cc.

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Power jumps from the 105 hp 790, to 121 hp in the 890. Torque is up by around 15 per cent to 99 Nm at 7750 rpm.

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Urgency under throttle is also sure to be more responsive due to a large increase in the compression ratio from 12.7:1 to 13.5:1. The 790 is already very impressive in this regard so I am especially eager to sample the response of the 890. 

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Stoppers are also up-specced to Brembo Stylema Monoblock calipers clamping on larger discs.  

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

With the increased focus on outright performance the ergonomics of the 890 Duke R are also more aggressive than found on its sibling. Lower bars, higher pegs and a 9 mm taller seat height round out the rider triangle.

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Fully adjustable WP APEX 43 mm split open-cartridge upside-down forks and a fully adjustable WP APEX rear shock absorber with linear spring and pre-load adjuster suspends the 3 kg lighter 890 Duke R. There are also some geometry changes including a steeper swing-arm angle. 

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Duke 890 R also boasts 20 mm more ground clearance with an almost adventure bike-like 206 mm under its trim belly. 

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM Duke
2020 KTM 890 Duke R

2020 KTM 890 Duke R Specifications

Engine Type 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
Displacement 890 cc
Bore / Stroke 90.7 / 68.8 mm
Power 89 kW (121 hp) @ 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
Engine Management / Ignition 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 2 × Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear Brake Brembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
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 liters / 3.5 liters reserve
Dry Weight Approx. 166 kg
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