KTM have confirmed the 890 SMT is on the way

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KTM have launched an SMT model based on the 890 Adventure, and you can read our full KTM 890 SMT review now. A replacement for the old V-twin 990 SMT, spy shots of the touring of version of KTM’s supermoto first came to light in October 2021.

In a teasing release KTM said: “These Adventure motorcycles and naked bikes have had their own way for far too long. It’s time to turn over the tarmac once again with a classic.”

The latest spy shots from February 2023 appear to confirm the 890 parallel twin will power the SMT which produces around 100bhp and 74lb.ft of torque, and is a direct descendant from the 790 parallel twin launched in 2017.


What we also know from the shots is that there have been styling changes to the fairing and headlight unit from the October 2021 model, making it appear more like the former V-twin 990 SMT.

Additionally, a wrap-around screen from the KTM 890 Adventure R model is fitted. The front wheel has dropped from the Adv R’s 21-incher down to 17in, which will open up the options for road orientated performance tyres.

Upping the ante, the SMT has been on a weight loss programme losing the heavy-duty engine/oil sump protector and lower fairing around the engine when compared to the Adventure. When combined with shorter suspension travel, this should give it sharp handling. Full details will be released on April 24, 2023.