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KTM 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally features, specs and rivals

Here is an in depth look at the new 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R and 890 Adventure R Rally – all the specs, features and updates

KTM announced the launch of two new middle-weight adventure bikes last night, as the 890 Adventure R and 890 Adventure R Rally were unveiled to the world.

The bikes will pick up where the capable 790 Adventure range left off, utilising the perky engine from the 890 Duke R, the best that suspension partner WP has to offer, and obviously, all of KTM’s sizeable off-road knowhow.

Here’s everything we know about the two new models.

KTM 890 Adventure R engine and gearbox

The biggest news with the two new models announced is the upgrade in engine capacity, with the 890 Adventure range now inheriting the 889cc mill from the 890 Duke R. The change means the bike now makes 9bhp more than the 790 Adventure, along with nearly 9lb-ft of torque.

To achieve this, KTM has given the engine more rotational mass, with the crank claimed to be 20% heavier than before. It sounds strange to do this, although KTM is stating that gives the bike a more stable and consistent output. It should also have the knock-on effect of improving stability on and off-road, not that was really an issue with the 790 Adventure.

Thankfully the 890 Adventure range looks to be getting some gearbox improvements – it's really one of the only things we could fault the old bike for. The shift on the 790 was slightly clunky and had a ‘will it, won’t it’ feel when going up and down the ‘box. If KTM has done the same job on this that they did on the 890 Duke R, this bike should be much improved.

Adding some longevity to the bike is the news that the new mill is Euro5 compliant – hopefully with a few more years included.

KTM 890 Adventure R Rally suspension

As with any off-roader, the connection between the rider and the ground is key, and it’s no surprise who if supplying the hardware on this front. The limited-edition Adventure R Rally gets top-spec XPLOR PRO 7548 forks to the machine, with an XPLOR PRO 6746 shock at the rear.

KTM 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally equipment

As with the 790 Adventure, the new 890s will benefit from a full colour 5” TFT dash. Within the dash, users can configure the bike’s updated riding modes settings. Both machines will get Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) which has been updated for 2021. The new system uses two sensors, one to measure the front wheel lift and the other to measure the rear wheel spin. KTM is claiming the new system is smoother, with an almost imperceivable intervention. Obviously, both models allow the rider to turn the MTC off completely. Both machines also feature the IMU controlled cornering ABS system as before, with an off-road ABS system also included on each machine.

The 2021 890 Adventure R and Rally will also get a dedicated Off-Road Ride mode, which sharpens up the throttle response and reduces the peak power slightly. The system allows for a small amount of rear-wheel slip and the anti-wheelie setting is reduced to help get over obstacles. Unlike some of the other riding modes, the traction control is not lean-sensitive, meaning the rider can hit berms without fear of the system intervening.

Rally Mode

Sadly, it looks as though Rally Mode will only be available on the Rally as standard, and the R as an option – it was previously standard. This mode provides an almost instantaneous throttle connection and nine levels of rear-wheel slip control.

What are the KTM 890 Adventure R’s main rivals?

The biggest threat to the KTM on ability alone comes from Yamaha and its much-lauded Ténéré 700. It may not be quite as technologically advanced, but in terms of ability, it’s pretty close. Next up would be the BMW R850 GS Adventure, although again, it’s lacking the gadgets and gizmos of the orange machine. Triumph’s Tiger 900 Rally Pro is probably the closest to the KTM in terms spec, equipment, and capability.

KTM 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally specs

TORQUE

100 Nm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed

COOLING

Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger

STARTER

Electric starter

STROKE

68.8 mm

BORE

90.7 mm

CLUTCH

PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

CO2 EMISSIONS

105 g/km

DISPLACEMENT

889 cm³

EMS

Bosch EMS with RBW

DESIGN

2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin

FUEL CONSUMPTION

4.5 l/100 km

LUBRICATION

Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps

CHASSIS

TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

20 l

ABS

Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)

FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

320 mm

REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

260 mm

FRONT BRAKE

Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc

REAR BRAKE

Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc

CHAIN

520 X-Ring

FRAME DESIGN

Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE

263 mm

REAR SUSPENSION

XACT WP PDS mono shock

SEAT HEIGHT

880 mm

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

63.7 °

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

240 mm

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

240 mm

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