KTM’s 890 Duke from the brand’s 2022 lineup offers many sportier traits and continues to be a reference in terms of power-to-weight ratio and agility applied to a naked mid-displacement sports motorcycle.
As in the KTM 890 Duke R, the engine on this Austrian bike is the LC8 889 cc twin-cylinder that delivers 115 hp and 92 Nm of torque. Its ride-by-wire riding modes are managed through a color TFT screen to modulate throttle response, traction control, power delivery, and anti-wheelies from a less to more sporty perspective. In addition, the 890 Duke features Continental ContiRoad tubeless tires.
The 890 Duke’s six-speed gearbox features a shorter lever with lighter springs for easier actuation with optional support from the Quickshifter+” system to shift up and down without touching the clutch lever.
All these electronics are under the control of a six-axis IMU inertial control unit, as in the KTM 1290 Superduke R. It also intervenes on the ABS, a system with cornering actuation and a “supermoto” option to allow the rear axle to lock.
The cycle part scheme relies on a multi-tubular configuration with a one-piece aluminum subframe. In addition, the suspensions have been revised in their settings, with an inverted fork with 43 mm WP APEX bars and a rear shock absorber from the same brand.
The 2022 KTM 890 Duke starts at $11,299 USD / $12,399 CAD.
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The LC8c engine shares a great deal of its ferocity with the ultra-sharp KTM 890 DUKE R. Boasting a hard-hitting 115 Hp and 92 Nm, this compact, liquid-cooled 8 valve powerplant, is the most compact twin in class punching way above its weight in terms of output.
The KTM 890 DUKE features horizontally split crankcases, which are aluminum high pressure cast, allowing for reduced wall thickness, less weight and improved engine cooling.
The 8 valve DOHC cylinder head contains twin chain-driven camshafts and one sparkplug per cylinder. Additionally, the camshafts in the KTM 890 DUKE are assembled, which makes them even lighter than forged camshafts. DLC coated finger followers, steel valves and a hydraulic chain tensioner complete the cylinder head assembly.
The incredible handling characteristics of the KTM 890 DUKE are founded on the dynamic, loadbearing design of the tubular chassis. Engineers had one goal in mind, and that was to keep the chassis as rigid and compact as possible for sharper turn-in and greater lean angles, allowing it to slice through the turns with extreme responsiveness.
The die-cast, open-lattice swingarm is meticulously 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.
Boasting a 43 mm WP APEX open cartridge, adjustable upside down front fork with 30 clicks of compression and rebound damping adjustment, the KTM RC 390 not only shares proper sportsbike technology with bigger bikes, but it also handles like them too. New axle clamps and a hollow axle save weight up front too.
The KTM 890 DUKE boasts a WP suspension package which has been specifically developed to get the most of the power output and handling characteristics, with a dedicated factory setting, new springs, and additional basevalve fittings in the front fork.
A tapered aluminum, 760 mm wide handlebar puts you in full control. It’s adjustable, with 4 positions on the triple clamp and can be rotated in three further positions for that perfect riding position.
Like all pilots, DUKE riders need easy access to information. In that regard, the KTM 890 DUKE features an intuitive multicolor, light variable TFT dashboard. Best of all, as the revs rise, the display bars change color to indicate when to shift, either spurring you on or warning you that the engine is too still cold for flat-out backroad attacks.