Last month we reported about KTM testing a higher-displacement Duke 890 slapped on to the frame and chassis of the current Duke 790. We knew that if KTM is serious about this new 890 line-up, we would be witnessing more models sharing the powerplant. And we weren’t wrong. Recently, a test mule of Supermoto 890 was spotted under test.
Disguised with black camouflage, the Supermoto 890 shares a lot of parts with the 790 bikes. We are very much familiar with KTM’s signature LED headlight setup and fat USD front forks. Since it was a test mule, the fit and finish weren’t that great and we spotted some open wires.
The elephant in the room is the new 890cc engine. KTM will likely use the same 790cc engine and bore it to extract out 100cc more. This would perhaps help the brand to make its future models compliant to more stringent Euro 5 emission norms. With a bump in the displacement, the power figures should also go up by 10-15bhp.
The big question is, why KTM would introduce a new 890cc line-up when it already has a fairly new 790cc range? The Austrian brand indeed offers a wide selection of Enduro and Adventure motorcycles with a mere 100cc of difference. Perhaps, it’s going to do something similar with its 790cc and 890cc series.
It’s being anticipated that KTM would display its new 890cc engine in some form at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.