Introducing the 2020 KTM 890 Duke R; a more powerful, revvier version of the 790 Duke launched in 2018, complete with more premium suspension and less weight.
Sitting alongside the 790 in KTM's line-up, engine capacity has increased from 799cc to 889cc, with the parallel-twin now producing 119bhp and 73ftlb of torque, compared to the 790’s 103bhp and 64ftlb.
Producing more power and torque per cc than the 2018 machine, the 890's higher state of tune comes from an increased compression ratio, larger valves and aggressive cams with more lift. It also revs a further 250rpm and there are gains to both bottom-end and midrange power.
Alongside better performance, KTM have also rid the bike of cost-cutting components like non-adjustable forks and mediocre Maxxis Supermaxx ST tyres, replacing them with adjustable WP springs and Michelin Power Cup Evo road-going trackday rubber. For added track prowess, the seat height, footrests and ground clearance have all been raised, too.
Impressively, despite the extra bling, the 890 is actually 3kg lighter than the 790, with almost half of that saved as un-sprung mass.
If you want to get your hands on one, then bikes will be available at the end of February at a price of £10,399. That’s a lot more than the 2019 Duke’s £8799, but those chassis parts ain’t cheap!
Keep an eye out for the full MCN KTM 890 Duke R review very soon.
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