2020 KTM 890 Duke R – First Ride Review

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By Troy Siahaan

2020 KTM 890 Duke R

Editor Score: 91.0%

Engine 19.5/20
Suspension/Handling 14.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 9.5/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 91/100

Are you sick of us talking about KTM Dukes yet? And by “us” I primarily mean Evans. Anyone who’s followed this space knows he bought a 790 Duke and has modified it to his version of what an R model should be. The list is relatively short and sweet, and covers the primary weaknesses of the 790. So let’s go down the list:

Apex Pro 6500 Cartridges And 6746 Shock

KTM PowerParts Wave Brake Discs

Factory Pro Shift Kit

Brembo 19 RCS Corsa Corta Master Cylinder

Dynojet Power Commander V And Rottweiler Performance Power Plate

Finally, when taken as a collective whole, here’s Evans’ take on how all of the upgrades work together. Evans says he likes his bike, swearing up and down the modifications have completely transformed the 790 and the wrenching process has been fun, too. He’s even gone on to say things like “it’s the journey, man, not the destination.”


I hope he truly means that, because after spending a day on the new, 2020 KTM 890 Duke R, my only advice to Evans was “whatever you do, DO NOT ride that bike.” I couldn’t stand the thought of seeing Evans in anguish after riding the 890 and realizing, if he’d only waited a year, he would have had a superior machine. It’d break my little heart. Let alone Evans’. If you own a 790 Duke, I mourn for you. Of course, I kid (a little). The 790 Duke is fine, but the 890 is, well, better.

The 2020 KTM 890 Duke R. It’s basically Evans’ bike, but with updated electronics, a bigger engine, and …read more

Source:: 2020 KTM 890 Duke R – First Ride Review


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