KTM Duke 890 spied

New Duke fills gap between 690 and 1290

Posted: 19 February 2016
by Visordown News
KTM Duke 890 spy shot

HERE’S a first look at a new addition to KTM’s Duke family, filling the gap between the 690 and 1290 Super Duke R.

It’s expected to be around 800cc but will be called the Duke 890, in line with the rest of the range. Where the 1290 is a V-twin and the smaller Dukes are singles, this new one is a parallel-twin. Behind the section of exhaust pipe you can see is a second one exiting the right-hand cylinder. 

Like the other models in the range, it's got a steel trellis frame, although it's mostly obscured by bodywork and rider in this shot. The swing-arm is double-sided in common with the smaller Dukes, where the 1290's is single-sided. 

Styling is closest to the 690 variant, with a similar headlight unit, which is less angular and aggressive-looking than the 1290's. 

Expected to arrive in 2017, it will bring a fifth capacity to the current Duke range, which also includes the 125 and 390 models. 

It's the second secret KTM to be revealed on Visordown today, along with an updated 1190 Adventure.

Both were spotted being tested in Spain. 

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Double-sided!

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 11:45

Sorry ImperialManiac, quite right.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 12:00

It looks like a V twin with a double sided swing arm to me?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 12:06

@StevieG64 It's a double-sided swing-arm but the engine is a parallel-twin. You can't quite see both in this shot but there are two pipes coming out of the front of the cylinders. In fact you might just be able to make out the right-hand one if you look closely. 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 12:31

They just invented the...

TDM900

Only 20 years late.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:22


AHA
@snave. It's worst than that as they already reinvented the TDM back in 09 with the SMT. Sadly KTM decided in their wisdom not to offer a genuine replacement for the SMT which was a blinding bike with all the virtues of the TDM and some. Quite where they are going with a parallel twin range remains to be seen. Part of me wonders whether the boss of KTM is just messing with BMW (and by extension, Triumph.)

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:08

Massively disappointed it's not a V-Twin. Financially it probably makes sense but from a heritage perspective I think KTM have blundered but if anyone can make a Parallel twin bonkers it'll be KTM.

I also have fond memories of the Yamaha TRX850 which was a really underrated bike IMO so I haven't written this off yet. Would be nice if they turn out a half decent naked and half faired version too.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 17:32

That chain and swinging arm lol .

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 18:17

I actually prefer a parallel-twin myself, and if they price this bike right, I may have to buy one. :)

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 18:35

The problem will be as usual that they will tune the snot out of it. The TDM (of which I've had two) was a reliable bike making about 85HP, this KTM will be in the 100-110HP bracket I should think and it will last just as long as all the other KTMs.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 22:15

What I think everyone is missing, is this is essentially the Nuda 900r reborn as the Duke. Roughly the same specs and without the Husky Badging, What this hopefully means is that the U.S. will hopefully get this bike unlike the Nuda ;_;.

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 22:55

I'm sure this will be a great bike, given that KTM doesn't make many missteps these days. BUT, KTM promised us a 500cc twin along with this 800cc engine/bike. It is supposed to be its own platform, not a de-bored/stroked version of this bike. This is the bike I would buy. With these two bikes KTM would have all displacement categories covered (125, 200, 390, 500, 690, 800, 1000, 1290). A 500cc twin with 55-60 hp, and a WET weight of <375 lbs, would be a great street bike! Plus it should be affordable if its built in India.

Am I alone in this?

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:28

If it is basically a Nuda, then that's a good thing. Let's see what the spec sheet says.

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 18:52

Perhaps Husqvarna's engineers' experience with the Nuda engine came in handy for KTM here. When KTM were first looking to make a twin cylinder (that would become the LC8), they dismissed a parallel twin for some reason (narrowness required for off-road use?). I'm intrigued as to whether there might be a Husqy version of it planned...


There's no reason this parallel twin couldn't have all the character and sound of a V-twin. Plop in a 285 degree crank and it'll be very similar to their 75 degree V-twins, just with nicer packaging. It'll have a balance shaft anyway, so they can pick the angle almost freely.

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 21:20

Parallel twins make a lot of sense compared to a V. You save one camchain, two camshafts and all the plumbing for the throttle bodies becomes much simpler too.
V twins do have a lot of character, but as a motorcycle engine they are just about the worst layout imaginable from a packaging point of view.
A 270 crank parallel twin is very nearly as characterful as a V twin an damn sight easier to build and maintain.

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 07:45

> this is essentially the Nuda 900r reborn as the Duke

Bingo! And there was much rejoicing. A 270/315 degree crank and we're good to go.

I wonder if the exposed front sprocket is just for testing purposes. I was cleaning the front sprocket on my Nazi Tractor recently and caught myself wondering myself why I was bothering putting the cover back over it. I did though, because Ze Rules.

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 14:02

The sound of the Nuda makes the spine tingle.

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 09:37

@snave. It's worst than that as they already reinvented the TDM back in 09 with the SMT. Sadly KTM decided in their wisdom not to offer a genuine replacement for the SMT which was a blinding bike with all the virtues of the TDM and some. Quite where they are going with a parallel twin range remains to be seen. Part of me wonders whether the boss of KTM is just messing with BMW (and by extension, Triumph.)


AHA: The 1190 (std. non-R) Adventure is a direct replacement for the SM-T.

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 12:28

It's all good natured friendly competition ;)

The Nuda seriously needed replacing though. It was just one of the best bikes made in the last 20 years. Maybe this is indeed it.

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 14:27

Well let's keep hoping it is the secret jewel in the KTM crown.

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 09:20


AHA
@EuroRider. Can't agree with you there. The SMT is a tarmac only sports tourer with 17" cast wheels. The Adventure bikes have spoked 19" and 21" front wheels. The 1190 Adventure is clearly a dual purposed inspired machine not a 'Tall-rounder'.

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 17:22

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