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

Specifications
Engine
Engine Type2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
Displacement890 cc
Bore / Stroke90.7 / 68.8 mm
Power89 kW (121 hp) @ 9,250 rpm
Torque99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm
Compression Ratio13.5:1
Starter / BatteryElectric starter / 12V 10 Ah
Transmission6 gears
Fuel SystemDKK Dell’Orto (throttle body 46mm)
Control8 V / DOHC
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine OilMotorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50
Primary Drive39:75
Final Drive16:41
CoolingLiquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
ClutchCable operated PASC™ Slipper clutch
Engine Management / IgnitionBosch EMS with RBW
Traction ControlMTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode + Track mode optional)
Chassis
FrameCrMo-steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SubframeAluminium, powder coated
HandlebarAluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
Front SuspensionWP APEX, Ø 43 mm
Rear SuspensionWP APEX shock absorber
Suspension Travel Front / Rear140 / 150mm
Front Brake2 × Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear BrakeBrembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
AbsBosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and super moto mode)
Wheels Front / RearCast aluminium wheels 3.50 × 17″; 5.50 × 17″
Tires Front / Rear120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17
ChainX-Ring 520
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering Head Angle65.7°
Trail99.7 mm
Wheel Base1,482 mm ± 15 mm
Ground Clearance206 mm
Seat Height834 mm
Fuel Tank CapacityApprox. 14 liters / 3.5 liters reserve
Dry WeightApprox. 166 kg
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