KTM unveiled the 890 Duke R at the EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy. Based on the KTM 790 Duke, the bigger and more powerful 890 Duke R has gained a lot of attention in a short period. KTM says that the demands for the new naked streetfighter have been rising. Consequently, the Austrian motorcycle company has decided to prepone the release of the 890 Duke R.
KTM 890 Duke R was originally planned for North American release in the Fall of 2020 as 2021 model. Now, due to the response and demand in the market following the successful unveiling, KTM will bring in the 890 Duke R this Spring as MY2020. However, the availability of the motorcycle will be very limited. KTM has not disclosed the actual number, though.
KTM 890 Duke R has everything that the 790 Duke has and then some more. It is lightweight, agile, nimble, and fun to ride. As the name suggests, the 890 Duke R features a bigger engine than that of the Scalpel. It uses an increased bore and stroke, higher compression ratio and redline, larger valves a new piston design coupled with new connecting rods and a crankshaft. This fire-breathing parallel-twin steps up its performance levels to suit the aspirations of the most demanding street and track warriors.
To harness all the 119 horses and 99 Nm of torque, the 890 Duke R has a combination of race-derived componentry and sportier ergonomics blended with class-leading rider aids. To carve corners, it has been fitted with lower, more aggressive handlebars and a higher footpeg position to improve ground clearance.
Offering optimum performance and adjustability, the WP Apex suspension features compression and rebound adjustment as well as high and low-speed compression adjustment in the rear. The Brembo brake system offers reduced weight and precise feel and is combined with Bosch ABS and with Supermoto mode for unmatched stopping power. An advanced electronics package offers the finishing touch and includes a new generation of Motorcycle Traction Control, Ride mode technology and the optional Track mode and Quickshifter+.