KTM 890 Duke R Coming To North America Earlier Than Planned

KTM 890 Duke R Coming To North America Earlier Than Planned

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By KTM North America:


March 27, 2020

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce early availability of the KTM 890 DUKE R. Unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy last November, this special “R” model was originally planned for North American release in the Fall of 2020 as a Model Year 2021 but due to the response and demand in the market following the successful unveiling, KTM was able to bring in a very limited number of “R” models this Spring as a MY2020 machines.

With the lightweight, compact and razor-sharp packaging of the KTM 790 DUKE as its starting point, the KTM 890 DUKE R brings out the best in the DUKE thanks to increased power and torque from the new 890cc engine, ‘racier’ ergonomics, performance BREMBO brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension and enhanced electronic rider aids—just to name a few of the performance features that come standard on the “R.”

Honed to be a more powerful version of the already-impressive KTM 790 DUKE, the newly developed powerplant of the KTM 890 DUKE R features an increased bore and stroke, higher compression ratio and rpm ceiling, larger valves and a new piston design coupled with new connecting rods and a new crankshaft, all wrapped in new engine cases. This fire-breathing parallel twin steps up its performance levels to suit the aspirations of the most demanding street and track warriors.

Harnessing this enhanced power is achieved through the combination of race-derived componentry and new, sportier ergonomics blended with class-leading rider aids. To carve corners, the SUPER SCALPEL 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 SUPERMOTO ABS 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+.

The KTM 890 DUKE R is a sportier and edgier no-compromise naked motorcycle for conquering twisty mountain roads or hard riding on the racetrack. This evolution of the DUKE is ideal for the motorcyclist wanting a more extreme experience or searching for bigger thrills in a compact and agile package. KTM has beefed up its potency in the midweight segment with the new KTM 890 DUKE R. It takes all the things we love about the KTM 790 DUKE and turns it up to 11, delivering more power, more torque and more Dukeness than any parallel twin that has come before.


A KTM 890 Duke R at rest. Photo courtesy of KTM.
A KTM 890 Duke R at rest. Photo courtesy of KTM.




More horsepower

More torque

Better rideability due to increased rotating mass

Completely new engine mapping logic (individual mapping adjustment per cylinder)

Knocking sensor

Wider Radiator



Improved traction control settings

New 6D lean angle sensor



New fully adjustable WP APEX front fork

New fully adjustable WP APEX shock absorber



New BREMBO brake system

Larger brake disks

New Michelin Power Cup II tires

Lighter steering stem



Sportier riding position

Lower flatter handlebar

Footpegs higher and further back, with more useable width



Completely new color and graphics

Single seat cover standard

Exhaust hanger for single riding

New mirrors

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