The 2022 KTM Motorcycle Lineup + Our Take On Each Model
Known for their off-road prowess, KTM has always led the industry when it comes to all things offroad. This makes their diverse range of ADV motorcycles especially deadly when considering their massive lineup of MX bikes alone.
In addition to their successful line of Adventure-style motorcycles, KTM has also experimented with some seriously fun short-wheelbase naked models in the Duke series which pleastly combine fun and performance into wide displacement range of naked sportbikes.
2022 KTM RC 8C
Ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be a MotoGP rider? The KTM RC 8C is a specialized weapon designed and developed specifically for the track. Say goodbye to riding your motorcycle to your local track day – because this baby is not street legal. Featuring MotoGP-inspired winglets, no headlights, and a hand-built chassis; everything about this bike screams “race me!”. Oh, and don’t forget it only weighs around 300 lbs.
Limited to 100 units globally, the RC 8C will be available to the select few with the funds and prestige to purchase such a rare steed. The 889cc LC8 is borrowed from the 890 Duke R and produces 128 horsepower leading to close to a 1 to 2 power to weight ratio.
To provide something more attainable to the average consumer, KTM has a race-bred RC 390 for easy track days. Lightweight, fun, and adequately powered; the RC 390 was also developed with track-day times in mind. More importantly, this little full-fairing beast is street legal.
The RC 390 is propelled by its 373cc single-cylinder mill which keeps it lightweight and agile.
Originally sold as a single model, in 2017 KTM decided to dismember the Super Adventure and split it into two versions: The Adventure S and the Adventure R. The Adventure S is the pinnacle of road-centric ADV touring built on the legendary Duke platform boasting insane amounts of tech and other goodies to make your tarmac treks smoother.
The 1290 Super Adventure is built around a liquid-cooled 1301cc mill and produces an industry-leading 158 (off-road capable) horsepower. If you’re in the market for a road-based Adventure touring motorcycle that checks all the boxes, this is your best bet.
As previously mentioned, through extreme off-road mitosis the Super Adventure was split into 2 separate bikes. The 1290 Super Adventure R is the off-road brother to the S edition. Where you find road-worthy slicks on the S, the Super Adventure R wields knobby tires wrapped around wire-spoke rims for more grip when taking the long way home.
In addition to the change in shoes, the R introduces a shorter windscreen and fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension. Beyond the off-road changes, the motorcycle still rocks the same 1301cc engine found in its road-based brother.
The 890 Adventure R might be the perfect setup for serious adventure riding. With 105hp from the torquey parallel twin 889 cc DOHC engine, and an ultralight tubular Chromium Molybdenum steel frame this bike has the power and strength to exploit the fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension.
Rolling on a 21” front and an 18” rear with anodized hubs providing a durable finish to withstand some serious abuse, they are wrapped with Continental TKC 80 tires for excellent off-road traction. Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS allow for an ideal mix of control and stopping power. The full-color TFT display is easy to read and simple to cycle through the multitude of rider aids including include Street, Offroad, Rain and optional Rally ride modes. Heated grips, heated seat, and cruise control are optional.
Very little has changed after being a new model last year. The 890 Adventure excels for touring rides both on and off-road. The 890 Adventure is powered by an 889cc two-cylinder, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine that produces 105 horsepower and 73.8 lb-ft of torque. The multifunctional dashboard with full-color TFT display is bright and clear, and easy to navigate the 4 rider modes and many rider aids.
KTM fits the WP APEX suspension package, tuned for all-day riding comfort and the rear shock is adjustable. A tall windscreen, height-adjustable 2-piece seat, and handguards are all standard. Heated grips, heated seat, and cruise control are also optional.
Looking for less of an “ADV” bike and more of a traditional MX that allows for legal on-road riding? The 2022 KTM 680 Endure R is quite literally a traditional dirt bike that has been re-purposed for public roads.
Far more equipped for serious off-roading, the 690 Enduro R boasts a monster 692cc single-cylinder motor in addition to the WP XPLOR suspension and industry-leading electronics.
The smallest of KTM’s ADV-dedicated motorcycles is the 390 Adventure. Designed to make the most out of its 373cc single-cylinder engine, the KTM 390 provides riders with the ability to take heed of trails with a lighter, more compact form factor. Lugging a 1300+cc ADV bike around tightly woven trails can be a real pain, therefore the 390 Adventure is perfect for riders looking for a small and agile bike without sacrificing quality or ability.
Let’s get naked! Seeking a true death machine with a short wheelbase and unlimited torque? The KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO sits atop the mountain of insanity. With almost every press photo being released from KTM showcasing this motorcycle doing burnouts and wheelies, you should know what you’re signing up for when getting onto this beast.
Although it looks insane at first glance, the insanity doesn’t just stop at the visuals. The bike has been designed around the very reliable 1301cc LC8 V-Twin motor borrowed form the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE series. Although it is the same engine, this beast has been tuned to produce 180 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque.
The KTM 890 DUKE GP is all about handling, hence its nickname “The Super Scalpel.” Sporting GP-derived livery and a loud KTM orange palette, the 889cc liquid-cooled 8 valve parallel twin borrowed from the LC8c, packs formidable power to keep this naked bike at the top of its class.
On the electronics front, the KTM 890 DUKE GP boasts one of the most advanced and complete packages in the midrange segment, including Cornering MTC with a 6D lean angle sensor that not only detects the side-to-side and forward-backward pitch but also drift positioning. 4 rider selectable modes are available, including an optional track mode. Via a full-color TFT display, the rider can individually tailor traction control, anti-wheelie control, and throttle control, plus the usual staples of cornering ABS, and supermoto ABS.
Back again for 2022, but this year sporting a stunning new look. The 890 DUKE R now features a premium hue of matte paint. Called Atlantic Blue, the color is reminiscent of the palette used on the KTM RC16 GP racer and recently the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO.
The 890 Duke R features fully adjustable WP Apex suspension, a WP steering damper, Brembo Stylema monoblock front calipers, and an electronics package that includes cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, and lean-angle sensitive traction control. With 115hp on tap for the 889cc 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin, this is the perfect weapon to carve up the streets or the track.
Since taking over last year from the 790 Duke, the 2022 890 Duke is largely unchanged.
Born to be a proper hooligan machine, the 899cc parallel-twin engine with its 115 horsepower and 67.8 lb-ft of peak torque is perfect for the job. As with the other 890 Duke variants, a full-color TFT display allows 4 rider selectable modes, and the rider can individually tailor traction control, anti-wheelie control, and throttle control, plus the usual staples of cornering ABS, and supermoto ABS.
The power and handling provided by the 890 Duke, leave little doubt it will stay as one of the best in the naked middleweight segment.
Why change a good thing? The 390 Duke is like a perfect reduction of all the awesomeness found in its bigger siblings. This is often a bike listed as a good beginner bike, but the key reason for that is the brilliant ability it has to be both easy to use and incredible just how high its limits are. New and experienced riders both find endless good qualities that make this urban naked bike, brilliant.
44hp is quite an achievement from a sub 400cc engine, but when tucked into a bike weighing just 328.5lbs it gets up and goes. Fitted to a smooth-shifting six-speed, with a slipper clutch, and a well-tuned WP suspension, the 390 Duke will keep you smiling like a fool through every corner.
Piggybacking off the 690 Enduro R, KTM offers a supermoto converted version ready to rain havoc on the streets in the form of the 690 SMC R. Boasting some flashy super-slick road-based tires wrapped around the existing wire-spoke wheels, the 690 SMC R takes hooning on the roadways to a whole new level thanks to the 692cc single-cylinder motor borrowed from the Enduro version. In typical SUMO form, the front brake rotor has also been beefed up to make this bike more road-safe.
With most major manufacturers offering their supermoto models being based off their existing 450cc four-stroke dirt bikes, KTM has a similar offer with their 450 SMR.
Taking the championship-winning 450 SX-F and translating it into a street machine thanks to racing tires and a bigger front brake, this motorcycle embodies the traditional supermoto ethos like no other.