2020 Motorcycle of the Year: KTM 890 Duke R
Every year, we are faced with the task of choosing Motorcycle.com‘s Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY), and typically, the debate is heated – and lengthy. This year, we reached agreement remarkably quickly – a rarity with any decision made by this crew of misfits. As we say each year, however, the MOTY is not about choosing the best motorcycle of 2020. While the choice needs to be one of the best by winning one of our MO Best Of categories (MOBO), the bike needs to be something more; it needs to say something about or do something for motorcycling. Looking back at the last five years, you’ll see that we’ve spread the MO love around, choosing an adventure bike, a sportbike, a sport-touring bike, an entire motorcycle platform, and a cruiser. Each choice has been an exemplary motorcycle, but each has expanded the way we think about motorcycling. The KTM 890 Duke R, MO‘s Motorcycle of the Year 2020, is a great example of this characteristic.
Few motorcycles provide the elemental motorcycling experience in the way that the 890 Duke R does. With KTM’s marketing referring to the 890 as the Super Scalpel, you’d expect it to be a sharp-handling machine, and it is. The fully adjustable suspension immediately improves the 890’s sporting manners over the 790 Duke. Then come the brakes: 320mm discs squeezed by Brembo Stylema calipers …read more
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