After the 890 Duke R, it was only a matter of time before an 890 Adventure R followed and KTM has just revealed that bike, as well as the even more capable 890 Adventure R Rally. As now yet KTM has not clarified whether this model replaces the 790 Adventure range. As with the 890 Duke R, KTM has revealed the higher-spec 890 Adventure R, but there is no mention of a base model 890 Adventure. It would appear that KTM is taking the same path where the bigger engine is used for the higher-spec model while the 790 carries out the duties of the base model.
The biggest change is in the engine. It displaces the same 889cc as the 890 Duke, but produces 105hp at 8,000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6,500rpm – this is up from 95hp and 88Nm in the 790 Adventure, but 16hp down on the 890 Duke R, which produces a peak torque of 99Nm. The 890 Adventure’s engine also gets a 20 percent heavier crankshaft than the 790, which KTM says helps increase the sense of stability at low RPM. The 890 Adventure R Rally will be limited to 700 units worldwide, with 200 of those units going to the USA. We are not sure how many unit will be available for Nepalese market.
The chassis now gets an aluminium steering head while the new subframe is a little lighter. KTM mentions that the brakes have been reworked and that there are new suspension settings as well. However, the key figures of 240mm of suspension travel at both ends as well as the 880mm seat height remain unchanged. The new KTM 890 Adventure R also gets a reinforced clutch and KTM says they have further refined the traction control and ABS systems, as well as the up/down quickshifter. Unfortunately, the quickshifter, as well as the Rally mode with its 9 levels of traction control adjustability, are now optional extras, while they used to be standard on the 790 Adventure R.
KTM hasn’t revealed prices yet, but bookings have opened in Europe. It’s unlikely that this bike will launch in Nepal any time soon, and for now, the KTM 390 Adventure, and the KTM 250 Adventure, which will be launched soon, remain the only option for Nepalese enthusiasts. However, a KTM 790 Adventure launch in Nepal is under evaluation as well. For more information about auto news in Nepal, stay tune with us.