2021 KTM 890 Adventure First Look

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By Dennis Chung

After announcing the 2021 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally earlier this month, KTM revealed a third member of the lineup in the more street-biased 890 Adventure.

The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure shares much with the R and Rally models, including its 889cc engine and saddle-shaped low-slung 5.3 gallon fuel tank. The engine tuning is the same, claiming a peak of 105 hp at 8000 rpm and 73.8 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm while meeting Euro 5 emissions standards. Like the other two models, the 890 Adventure comes with a power assist clutch (PASC), which combines a slipper clutch with a lighter lever pull. The transmission is an identical six-speed gearbox, with an optional Quickshifter upgrade for clutchless up and downshifts. The frame is also a similar tubular Chromoly steel design, only it lacks the R model’s orange powder coating.

The differences between the 890 Adventure and the R model are fairly apparent at a glance:

Up front, the non-R model loses the beak, gaining a tire hugging front fender instead. The wheels set-up is similar, with a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, but KTM opted for more road-biased tubeless Avon Trailrider dual-sport tires instead of the R model’s Continental TKC 80 adventure tires.

The suspension system is also different, with the 890 Adventure getting a APEX 43 fork and APEX monoshock instead of the R model’s higher-spec WP XPLOR-USD fork and a preload-adjustable XPLOR PDS rear shock. The APEX suspension offers 7.9-inches of travel, less than the R model’s 9.4 inches but sufficient for some off-road bumps.

The 890 Adventure does gain a taller windscreen, which is better suited for wind protection on highways. The non-R model also gains a height adjustable two-piece seat plus passenger grab handles.

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