The 890 Adventure offers the agility and sporty features you’d expect from a KTM. Moreover, this bike presents itself in the Austrian brand’s 2022 lineup as a supremely competent adventure-tourer, both on and off the trail. The engine is paired with a six-speed sequential gearbox.
With rider-focused technology, it now offers more grip and handling and greater suspension adjustability. However, the most noticeable improvement over its predecessor is in the engine. Thanks to a series of enhancements, the 889 cc DOHC twin-cylinder engine produces an impressive 103 horsepower and 100 Nm of torque.
KTM focused the geometry of the 890 Adventure on agile handling and comfort on long-distance trips but with off-road capabilities thanks to the robustness of its chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame.
The cast swingarm was designed with the utmost precision to offer greater rigidity and stability without losing its excellent flexibility.
The light and robust AVON Trailrider tubeless tires have the option to equip the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which adds confidence and comfort on long trips.
The 890 Adventure has WP suspensions set up to accommodate many terrain variables. And to increase stability, it equips a steering damper that comes in handy in different terrains.
It is worth mentioning that this bike offers cornering ABS, which allows you to take advantage of all the power of the brakes. The system adjusts the pressure depending on the angle of inclination of the motorcycle.
The 2022 KTM 890 Adventure starts at $13,399 USD / $14,699 CAD.
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Price: $13,399 USD / $14,699 CAD
889 cc liquid-cooled engine with 105 HP and 73 lb-ft of torque
Quickshifter+ technology & Power Assist Clutch (PASC)
Cornering ABS and available tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
The most notable upgrade over its predecessor is the engine. Pumping out an impressive power, the engine in the KTM 890 ADVENTURE range boasts a spate of upgrades – most notably, a significant jump in power and torque. Improvements to electronics and pre-muffler also ensure it meets the strictest emissions regulations. This, paired with a 15,000 km service interval and low fuel consumption, makes it ready to hit the long road.
New horizontally split crankcases allow for the engine’s increased bore but remain high-pressure cast from aluminum. This allows for reduced wall thickness, weight savings and optimized surfaces, offering the engine designers more freedom in their design. The open-deck cylinders are integrated into the crankcase.
The DOHC cylinder head contains twin chain-driven camshafts and two spark plugs (one per cylinder). The camshafts are assembled, making them lighter than forged camshafts, while the cam profile has been developed to create an especially torquey engine. 1 mm larger intake and exhaust valves as well as reworked ports which have been flow optimized to maximize airflow also aid in delivering peak performance. A new balancer shaft in the cylinder head located between the camshafts matches the increased RPM and increased rotating mass, while a knock sensor has also been fitted to detect knocking combustions and allow for lower octane fuels – perfect for round the world travel.
The overall geometry of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE was developed for light handling, and comfort on long distance exploration missions – with unchallenged offroad capability. Strength was a big consideration in the design, so a tubular Chromoly steel frame is used with the engine acting as a stressed member to reduce weight and overall size. All design and engineering innovations are focused on being compact and light.
The signature die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is precisely manufactured and has been optimized for stiffness and stability while still offering excellent flex characteristics. By using a direct link for the rear shock, complexity and parts are reduced. The relatively long swingarm aids in traction, stability and suspension setup.
Wheels & tires
Carve up the streets on your way to your next epic adventure. The spoked 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are specifically developed for KTM ADVENTURE riding and feature new anodized hubs (instead of powder-coated). The heavy-duty and lightweight wheels are tubeless and have the option of TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). The specially selected Avon Trailrider tires deliver confidence-inspiring long-distance street handling and comfort, yet are still more than capable of exploring trails off the beaten track.
When setting off on an adventure ride, there are many variables that can influence the bike’s handling performance. Rider weight, extra luggage, fuel volume and whether there is a pillion passenger or not – all have to be considered before racing off. Thankfully, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE comes with perfectly set up, high-quality WP suspension, to accommodate the many variables of travel-enduro exploration. With the additional benefit of adjustable rear pre-load and rebound damping, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE can be further refined to suit most typical riding scenarios, conditions and situations.
An aluminum, tapered handlebar allows maximum control while affording riders a comfortable riding position. The handlebar can be mounted in six different positions, which results in 30 mm of adjustment range for the perfect reach.
Reading valuable information like trip meter, fuel range, ABS settings and ride modes on the fly is made easier with the 5-inch, full-color, state-of-the-art TFT display. The rider can select which information and where he would like to have it displayed on the screen. The display’s configuration is variable and automatically adapts to variations in environmental light. The rev counter blinks to indicate when to shift.