journey has been quick and short. All the envious attributes of the LC8c
parallel twin that caused a stir and stirred the emotions of riders young and
old with the KTM 790 Duke have found a new boundary. The reaction to the
original Scalpel motivated KTM to
work more with the LC8c and line-up something to tease the desire of extreme
emergence of the KTM 890 Duke R in the early part of 2020 was the answer: a
track weapon, as much as a potent blast for country roads that harnessed all
the boosted power of the LC8c and added a range of features that almost obliged
riders to get their knees close to the tarmac. Now, staying firmly in the
exhaust note of the KTM 890 Duke R, the KTM 890 Duke brings all the excellence
of its acutely focused sister-version to be the new rapier for the road.
styling of the KTM 890 Duke will turn heads and the aesthetic makes this slim
package of power and punch unignorable but the essence of the bike is the
compact, light, throbbing source of all the fun located between the two wheels.
The bigger displacement from 789cc to 889cc uses a more sophisticated mapping
logic and is now pumping out 115 Hp and 92 Nm (10 more horsepower and 5 more
newton meters of torque than the KTM 790 Duke) and the increased rotating mass
by 20% ensures better cornering stability and smoother engine action at lower
revs and part throttle. Euro5 ready and offering 4,8l/100km through the 14l
fuel tank; the speed is offset by keen practicality.
all the horses are straining to be free, the KTM 890 Duke can either be gunned
or gently guided; creating a large grin for all ages and abilities. The KTM 890
Duke is ‘midweight’ only through concept, the kilos and the nimbleness of the
handling alone: the rest is rasping performance and state-of-the-art ride by
wire electronics. This bike will stare down all rivals on the road.
through the light sensitive, customizable TFT display the rider aids span Rain
Mode (smooth throttle response, maximum traction control, reduced power and
anti-wheelie), Street Mode (standard throttle response, normal TC, full power,
anti-wheelie) and Sport Mode (sport response, reduced TC, full power,
anti-wheelie). For those tempted by the full potential of the KTM 890 Duke the
optional Track Mode allows the setting to be tweaked for time attacks. Traction
control can be increased or lowered on a nine-gauge scale, anti-wheelie can be
disengaged, and throttle response has three levels. Launch control fixes the
engine at the ideal RPM to assist with pacey standing starts. A 6D lean angle
sensor means that the ECU is filtering a wealth of information and input from
the bike’s behavior and positioning for optimum feedback.
ABS helps the 300mm twin floating discs with improved calipers and pads for
stronger force haul the whole show to a safe halt. Getting going at a swift
pace is easier thanks to the shorter shift lever, lighter springs and augmented
Quickshifter+ (optional) settings.
handling of the KTM 890 Duke comes into play with the fitting of the tubular
CroMo steel frame with a cast aluminum subframe, stiffly set for a sporty feel
and a pinpoint sensation. The LC8c is central again thanks to its role as a
stressed member of the chassis. Despite the technical ‘growth’ the KTM 890 Duke
keeps the same weight as its predecessor at a flighty 169 kg (dry). The
subframe is innovative with the whole single unit containing the air intakes
and airbox; designed to be simplistic, minimal and light. The KTM 890 Duke glides
thanks to updated and upgraded WP Apex Suspension (43mm open cartridge
upside-down forks) and gas assisted rear shock. ‘Ergo’ is less purposeful than
the all-action KTM 890 Duke R and created to accommodate a wide demographic of
rider, with a lower seat height of 820mm.
KTM 890 Duke is clearly part of the Duke family. The lines are unmistakably
KTM, where every centimeter of the bike has been combed and analyzed for
purpose. There are no unnecessary edges, angles or parts nor plastics that do
not contribute to performance of the unique KTM 890 Duke feeling. As an
example: the condensed taillight is integrated into the plate holder, reducing
dimensions and freeing up customization for the rear end.
details include a full LED lights set, tubeless wheels, superb and well-tested
new Continental ContiRoad tyres (providing excellent grip in the wet, strong
stability and a very short ‘warm-up’ phase) as well as KTM myRide App
compatibility. A wide complement of KTM PowerParts (from Akrapovic slip-on
exhausts to sprocket covers) and KTM PowerWear options are other elements that
help the KTM 890 Duke become the sharpest tool in the naked bike ‘box’.