2021 KTM 890 Adventure R Review – First Ride

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By Ryan Adams

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Editor Score: 92.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 15.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.75/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 10/10
Value 8.75/10
Overall Score 92.5/100

Back in December, I included the KTM 890 Adventure R in our selection of most anticipated motorcycles of 2021. This was a list of the staff’s most anticipated bikes, mind you. As I mentioned there, the bike was hot on my mind because I knew I would have the chance to swing a leg over it soon. I mean, how could I not be excited about a motorcycle that is capable of long days of travel while simultaneously being able to tackle the toughest terrain you’re willing to take it over. Folks the likes of Chris Birch and Quinn Cody have shown that the KTM isn’t likely to be the limiting factor. If you have the talent, the Adventure R will get it done.

The KTM 790 Adventure R impressed me in Morocco where the machine’s stellar performance helped me make it through one of the most rigorous (see: fun) press launch tests I’ve had the opportunity to attend.

Thankfully, the time has finally come for Motorcycle.com to have a whack at the new and improved 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R. I’ve already put hundreds of miles (more paved than I would like) on the bike and, like before, the motorcycle continues to impress. Although we’ve already published our 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R First Look, let us take a moment for a quick recap of the updates that turned the 790 into the 890 Adventure R.

What’s changed with the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R?

We should probably start with the obvious, and that’s displacement! The 790’s 799cc LC8c Parallel Twin has been …read more

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