By Troy Siahaan
Today, KTM has announced the release of the 2021 890 Duke – without an R at the end – completing the isolation and betrayal 790 Duke owners must be feeling right now after their bike was introduced at the end of 2017.
Being the new down-spec model, we’re a little surprised The Scalpel, as it’s referred to (not to be confused with the 890 Duke R’s Super Scalpel moniker), isn’t too far removed from the 890 Duke R. Though there’s a clear difference from the 790 Duke.
The base model 890 Duke doesn’t stray too far from the 890 Duke R.
We’re talking, of course, about the bigger 889cc parallel-Twin LC8c engine we first saw with the 890 Duke R. If you’re new to Motorcycle.com, then you should know we’ve covered the 890 Duke R extensively in the past, first with 6 Things You Need To Know about the bike, then a First Ride Review, followed by a track comparison between it and the Boss’s own 790 Duke he converted into his own interpretation of what a 790 Duke R should be. After riding the 890 Duke R, however, Bossman Brasfield admitted how good it was (it is our 2020 Motorcycle of the Year, after all), but swore (and still does) that he’s happy with his 790 buying decision. The rest of the staff has their doubts…
Nonetheless, there’s no getting around the fact that the standout feature of the bigger Duke is its 890 engine. In non-R form, KTM says it’ll deliver 115 hp and 68 lb-ft (92 Nm) of torque – 10 horses more than the 790 and 3.6 lb-ft more torque. Bore and stroke are bigger than the 790, and even though the pistons are therefore larger, they are lighter than the 790 pieces. Moving to …read more
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