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New KTM 890 Duke R: The Mean Middleweight Machine Gets More

KTM Beefs Up 790 Duke with Increased Bore, Stroke, and Compression

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The KTM 890 Duke R launches this February.

This month, the 2022 KTM 890 Duke R lands on showroom floors with 121 HP and 99 Nm of torque, beating out its predecessor by 16 HP and 12 Nm.

The new 890 follows the 790’s design and structural cues closely. KTM keeps the Duke’s signature parallel-twin engine configuration and adds bore, stroke, and compression. It also copies the load-bearing steel tubular frame, guiding the bike’s cornering ability.

Enticingly, KTM calls the 890 Duke R the “Super Scalpel” in reference to its agility on the asphalt. It appears the builder will ultimately bear the responsibility for the claims: an extensive suite of braking, traction, and lean control sensors control the way the bike behaves in corners. User-selected ride modes help tell the sensors what to do.

Brakes by Brembo and generous 320mm discs stop the 890 Duke R, and adjustable handlebars help riders in a wide range of body shapes stay comfortable.

Check out the update on KTM’s website, or look out for the bike at your local KTM dealer. MSRP information was not available at the time of publication.

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Sam has travelled the United States in an assortment of vehicles, in constant pursuit of adventure and good times. His experiences inform his writing; he often tests and evaluates tool and outdoor, camping, and DIY gear. His two pickup trucks (of which one survives) have been the best adventure companions he could ask for.