2023 KTM 890 Adventure video review and model info

We’ve ridden the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure and RiDE Editor Matt Wildee shares his views in the video above.

KTM 890 Adventure unveiled

First published 30 November 2022 by Dan Sutherland

A side view of the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure

KTM have pulled the covers off their 2023 890 Adventure, which receives light tweaks to its bodywork alongside updated WP suspension and more tech.

Following in the footsteps of next year’s 890 Adventure R, which was updated back in late September, the new standard Adventure retains the same 889cc parallel twin engine as before, producing in the region of 103bhp and 74lbft. There’s also the same 20-litres of fuel and tubular steel chassis.

What is different though is the bodywork that surrounds it, with the front plastics back to the fuel tank now altered to cover more of the upside-down front forks and potentially shield the rider a little more from the elements. The front fairing has also been reinforced for more security and load bearing capability for larger sat nav systems – useful for when tackling the trails off the beaten track.

The wider panels flanking the fuel tank are also designed to protect the seat from scrapes, with much of the plastic now colour injected, with in-mould decals for extra strength when the going gets tough. Two new colour options feature for 2023.

But it doesn’t end there, you also get a taller screen, said to be inspired by the firm’s 450 Rally racer, plus a new two-part foam seat design allowing for an 825mm seat height as standard.

This new screen also helps shield the revised five-inch colour TFT dash, which is said to now be more scratch and glare resistant. The layout has also been redesigned and the unit can be paired with your mobile phone for navigation and calls. This should also help you make use of a new ‘Demo’ mode, which unlocks all of the electronic extras for the first 932 miles (1500km) to let riders decide what they then want to purchase permanently.

Elsewhere, the 2023 Adventure rolls on Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres for multi-purpose riding, with a new aluminium engine and tank protector in place to tackle any accidental tumbles.

You also get revised suspension, with WP Apex 43mm front forks now receiving manual rebound and compression adjustment from the top caps. The Apex shock also has revised settings – said to be developed for the “demands of adventure riding.”

Outside of that, the ABS has also had a tickle, with a new unit that allows for each ABS mode to sync more closely with the selected riding mode. For example, rear ABS is automatically switched off, once you’ve selected wither ‘Off Road’ or ‘Rally’ riding options.

There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but we’ll be riding the bike very soon – so keep an eye out for a full review.

Watch MCN’s 2021 KTM 890 Adventure video review here: