KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike Review

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KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike takes everything we like about the KTM 790 Duke and takes it to the next level. With more power, torque, and dukeness than any parallel-twin before it, this is a no-holds-barred mid-weight naked bike that is as at home on mountain roads as it is on the racing circuit.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike – Features

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

Engine & Exhaust

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike is at the top of the middleweight class thanks to a powerful yet compact parallel-twin engine. The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike has been fine-tuned to be a more powerful version of the KTM 790 Duke, which is already a fantastic motorcycle. It increases power and torque to satisfy the needs of the most spirited street and track racers.

Engine

The KTM 890 Duke R engine is a fire-breathing, high-performance midweight monster built from the exact parallel twin that powers the 2020 KTM 790 Duke. Because of its bigger diameter and stroke, more robust compression, and higher maximum RPM limit, the KTM 890 Duke R generates 121 HP and 99 Nm.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

Engine Case

The KTM 890 Duke R’s horizontally split, high-pressure cast aluminum crankcases allow for reduced wall thickness and weight. A heavier crankshaft and flywheel may also help improve torque.

Injectors

DELL’ORTO developed new sensors in each throttle body specifically for KTM to monitor manifold pressure and adjust the mixture per cylinder accordingly, improving throttle response and smoothing the throttle action more precise throttle inputs.

Cylinder Heads

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike features a revised cylinder head that accommodates a pair of larger 37mm intake and 30mm exhaust valves, as well as a more excellent lift and a more aggressive camshaft profile. A new balancer shaft has been fitted to meet the higher RPM and spinning mass.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

Exhaust

It’s a piece of art made of stainless steel. The middle damper distributes mass and allows for a solid soundscape to be created with a small muffler. Hundreds of test bench runs and complex calculations showed that this exhaust system contributes significantly to a tractable torque curve and compliance with pollution regulations.

Chassis

When it comes to the chassis, the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike follows a basic philosophy: it should be lighter, more stable, and able to raise the lean angle without sacrificing agility. Because of its lower unsprung weight and sportier ergonomics, the KTM 890 Duke R saves approximately 3.5 kg over the KTM 790 Duke.

Framework

Because of the tubular chassis’ dynamic, load-bearing design, the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike’s handling characteristics are comparable to the KTM 790 Duke’s, allowing it to cut through tight courses and mountain passes with remarkable responsiveness. The frame is painted orange, much as every other KTM R, to emphasize its sporty qualities.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

Subframe

The airbox is located in the cast aluminum subframe. Everything is cast into two connected pieces with no plastic covers or additional brackets to save complexity and weight. The triangular shapes of the subframe allow for a more robust, more rigid structure.

Swingarm

Die-cast and intended for rigidity, the open-lattice swingarm has a steeper angle for better stability and flex characteristics. As a consequence, the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike is razor-sharp in every way.

Suspension

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike’s fully adjustable suspension has been modified to be sportier with more excellent high-speed stability while retaining real-world street riding comfort, tailored to match the increased power of the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike while still maintaining the characteristic Duke agility.

Front Fork

WP APEX front forks are fully adjustable linear spring forks with split function damping, compression, and rebound settings for the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike. This allows riders to fine-tune their preferred setup for the track or on the road.

Triple Clamps

The triple clamp’s stiffness has been tuned to match the fork’s flex, resulting in dynamic handling and excellent feedback. Instead of steel, as on the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike, an aluminum steering stem has been used to reduce weight.

Rear Shock

A new fully adjustable WP APEX shock takes command at the bike’s rear, featuring high and low-speed compression settings and rebound control. Hydraulically adjustable preload adjustment allows for on-the-fly tuning.

Wheels

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike has ultra-lightweight light-alloy wheels in the signature “R” color. It lowers the overall weight of the bike and the unsprung masses, allowing for faster turn-in and reduced rolling resistance.

Tires

The MICHELIN Powercup II hypersport tires enable the KTM 890 Duke R to grip the road like no before. They are cutting-edge tire development, offering excellent grip on the track or the street in any conditions.

Brakes

The brakes on the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike are among the best in the business, making it perfect for high-performance street and track riding. When you slow down, the front-mounted BREMBO Stylema monoblock calipers and lightweight 320 mm floating discs offer a sharp and precise braking sensation. By enabling the user to change the lever ratio and braking feel, a BREMBO MCS master cylinder improves these characteristics. 1.2 kg of the unsprung mass has been saved as compared to the KTM 790 Duke.

Ergonomics & Comfort

The R-rating on the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike means that it delivers precisely what it claims. Thanks to an aggressive, track-ready sitting position, you’ll be driven to shred corners with pinpoint accuracy while remaining comfortable on the street.

Handlebar

The new tapered aluminum handlebars are positioned flatter, lower, and further forward to increase feeling from the front tire and provide the KTM 890 Duke R a racier riding stance. Riders may select their preferred reach with three rotating adjustments and four fine-tuning options on the triple clamp.

Because of the tubular chassis’ dynamic, load-bearing design, the KTM 890 Duke R’s handling characteristics are comparable to the KTM 790 Duke’s, allowing it to cut through tight courses and mountain passes with remarkable responsiveness.

Seats

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike is 840 mm taller than the KTM 790 Duke, giving it a meaner posture and a higher lean angle. The pillion seat comes standard with the Duke’s unique cover to provide the KTM 890, Duke R, a sharper, racier look.

Footpegs

The footpegs on the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike have been completely changed and are now higher and further back, allowing for a more active riding position and superior lean angles. The reverse race shifting is also possible without any additional components.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

Bodywork & Graphics

The shoulders-up stance of the KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike is eerily identical to that of the fire-breathing KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike. Its bold lines, orange accents, and KTM R graphics boldly convey its intent.

Bodywork

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike’s intimidating form and razor-sharp lines cast a terrifying shadow. However, in the metal, it’s evident that this DUKE is dedicated to his craft. With small proportions, vibrant logos, and a bright orange frame, the KTM R is undeniably KTM R.

Tank

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike, like the KTM 790 Duke, has a 14-liter steel tank that is suitable for both aggressive and relaxed riding styles.

Graphics

The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike’s unique ‘R’ graphics have been created utilizing a high-quality application method to ensure they command respect. The orange on white stands out against the rest of the mid-weight title fight.

Software & Electronics

The KTM 890 Duke R is kept in check and under control by a sophisticated electronics package. With a full-color TFT display showing everything you need at a glance, as well as a choice of Ride Modes and safety features, operating the KTM 890 Duke R is as easy as slicing a piece of cake.

LED Headlight

The KTM 890 Duke R’s LED headlights combine maximum light output with optimal near-field illumination. Daytime running lights alert other road users to your presence, which you will undoubtedly be done quickly.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike

TFT Display

A vibrant presentation of critical information that is clutter-free. As you crank the engine, the display bars change color, either encouraging you or warning you that the engine is still cold. The illumination on display adjusts automatically to the ambient light. The KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike’s display shows anti-wheelie and ABS modes.

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike – Technical Specifications

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike Specs

Engine

Displacement 890 cm³
Power in KW 89 kW
Torque 99 Nm
Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
Bore 90.7 mm
Stroke 68.8 mm
Starter Electric starter
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with two oil pumps
Transmission 6-speed
Cooling Liquid-cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
Clutch PASC™ anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated
EMS Bosch EMS with RBW
CO2 emissions 110 g/km
Fuel Consumption 4.74 l/100 km

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike Specs

Chassis

Frame Design All-new chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame by using the engine as stressed element, powder-coated
Suspension Travel (Front) 140 mm
Suspension Travel (Rear) 15
Front Brake 2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four-piston, radially mounted caliper
Rear Brake Brembo single-piston floating caliper, brake disc
Front Brake Disc Diameter 320 mm
Rear Brake Disc Diameter 240 mm
ABS Two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP ABS (incl. Cornering ABS and Supermoto mode Disengegable)
Chain 520 X-Ring
Steering Head Angle 65.7 °
Ground Clearance 206 mm
Seat Height 834 mm
Tank Capacity (Approx.) 14 l
Dry Weight 166 kg

KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike Specs

Conclusion

The new KTM 2020 890 Duke R Naked Bike is an impressive KTM bike that comes with plenty of remarkable features. The motorcycle has got a high-performing engine and stylish but aggressive chassis style. The carefully designed seat ensures bold riding pleasure while the clever position of footpegs results in low riders fatigue.