Known as the ‘Super Scalpel,’ the 890 KTM Duke R is a naked bike from the Austrian brand’s 2022 lineup. This motorcycle stands out for its two-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 99 Nm of torque (the most powerful 2-cylinder engine in its segment). The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox.
This bike is ideal for those seeking maximum performance, both on and off the track, going one step further than the standard KTM 890 Duke R, mainly thanks to a much faster and more aggressive steering geometry and Austrian-engineering.
The 2022 890 Duke R comes with the adjustable WP Apex suspensions, Brembo Stylem monobloc calipers, and discs, combined with an adjustable Brembo MCS pump and Michelin Powercup II hypersport tires.
Electronic highlights include cornering ABS and cornering MTC (motorcycle traction control). This 6D inertial measurement unit detects not only the lateral movements, forward and backward (pitch) of the motorcycle but also the rotation of the motorcycle on its vertical axis (yaw).
For 2022, the KTM 890 Duke R boasts a new livery called “Atlantic Blue”, similar to that of MotoGP KTM RC16 GP and, more recently, on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. The chassis remains in orange, characteristic of the ‘R’ models and now makes an even more striking contrast.
The 2022 KTM 890 Duke R starts at $12,399 USD / $14,406 CAD.
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Developed from the same parallel twin that powers the KTM 790 DUKE, the KTM 890 DUKE R engine has been worked into a fire-breathing, high-performance midweight titan. With its increased bore and stroke, higher compression and higher max. RPM limit, the KTM 890 DUKE R churns out an impressive new level of horsepower and torque.
The KTM 890 DUKE R features horizontally split, high pressure cast aluminum crankcases, allowing for reduced wall thickness and weight. A heavier crankshaft and flywheel setup also helps to pump up torque.
Developed specifically for KTM by DELL’ORTO, new sensors in each throttle body measure the manifold pressure and adjust the mixture accordingly per cylinder, improving throttle response and smoothing out throttle action for more precise throttle inputs.
Just like the KTM 790 DUKE, the KTM 890 DUKE R’s handling characteristics are thanks to the dynamic, loadbearing design of the tubular chassis, which allows it to carve through twisty tracks and mountain passes with extreme responsiveness. Just like every other KTM R, the frame is painted orange to highlight its sporty credentials.
The subframe is cast aluminum and houses the airbox. No plastic covers, no additional brackets – everything is cast into two connected pieces to reduce complexity and weight. The triangular shapes in the subframe allow for a stronger, stiffer construction.
Adapted to suit the added power of the KTM 890 DUKE R but still retaining the signature DUKE agility, the adjustable suspension on the KTM 890 DUKE R has been fettled to be sportier with improved high-speed stability, while retaining real-world street riding comfort.
The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is optimized for stiffness but features a steeper angle for increased stability as well as excellent flex characteristics. This makes the KTM 890 DUKE R every bit as sharp as you’d expect it to be.
The tapered aluminum handlebars are positioned flatter, lower and further forward to increase feeling from the front tire and give the KTM 890 DUKE R a racier riding position. Riders can also tailor their preferred reach with three rotational adjustments and 4 positions of fine-tuning on the triple clamp.
The KTM 890 DUKE R casts an intimidating shadow thanks to its menacing profile and ultrasharp lines. In the metal, however, it’s obvious that this DUKE means business. Compact proportions, loud graphics and a bright orange frame are all unapologetically KTM R.