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.
And 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.
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.
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.
Stoppers are also up-specced to Brembo Stylema Monoblock calipers clamping on larger discs.
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.
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.
Duke 890 R also boasts 20 mm more ground clearance with an almost adventure bike-like 206 mm under its trim belly.
2020 KTM 890 Duke R Specifications
|Engine Type||2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin|
|Bore / Stroke||90.7 / 68.8 mm|
|Power||89 kW (121 hp) @ 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|
|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|
|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 liters / 3.5 liters reserve|
|Dry Weight||Approx. 166 kg|