By Dennis Chung
KTM announced a new 890 Adventure R and a limited edition 890 Adventure R Rally, introducing a new, Euro 5-complaint follow-up to our reigning Motorcycle of the Year, the 790 Adventure R. The 890 Adventure R will be the standard model, while the Rally model adds a number of race-ready components and will be produced in a limited run of 700 units worldwide (with 200 units destined for the U.S.).
The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R is powered by a liquid-cooled DOHC 889cc parallel-Twin engine, similar to the one that powers the 890 Duke R. Beyond increasing the displacement, KTM increased the mass of the crankshaft by 20%, claiming improved rideability, especially with low-rpm torque. Compared to the 790 Adventure R’s 799cc engine, KTM claims the 890 produces an additional 10 hp and 8.9 lb-ft. more, claiming a peak of 105 hp at 8000 rpm and 73.8 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm.
To match the more powerful engine, KTM updated the Power Assist Clutch (PASC) with new friction plates. KTM also revised the six-speed transmission, shortening the shift lever travel and adding lighter spring action for faster shifting. The fourth, fifth and sixth gears also received a glass bead blasting treatment for improved reliability. KTM will also offer an optional Quickshifter+, which adds clutchless up and downshifts.
The chromoly steel trellis frame appears similar to the 790’s frame, but the 890 however receives a new, lighter subframe. Like its 790 predecessor, the 890 Adventure R uses a saddle-shaped 5.3-gallon fuel tank that puts most of its volume low in the chassis. The low-slung tank lowers the center of gravity while allowing the rider’s legs to stay closer together.
Metzeler supplies the Karoo 3 adventure tires for the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels. The standard R Model …read more