KTM will release its entry-level 890 Adventure alongside the higher-spec 890 Adventure R in April, 2021.
The Austrian brand has today detailed the standard 890 Adventure, following the recent unveiling of the 890 Adventure R and limited-edition 890 Adventure Rally.
Compared to the current 790 Adventure range, the 890 Adventure sees a more-potent engine as well as revised ergonomics and styling, improved brakes, a sharper transmission and enhanced traction control and ABS systems.
Primarily distinguishing the standard 890 adventure is a lower seat height (830/850mm) compared to the R (880mm), an in turn, less suspension travel.
The 890 Adventure boasts a healthy 200mm of travel at either end via WP Apex suspension, while the R uses beefier WP Xplor suspension with 240mm of travel.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, it is understood that the new 890 Adventure will be priced above the current 790 Adventure range, which launched last year at $21,195 rideaway, or $22,695 for the 790 Adventure R.
The KTM 890 Adventure benefits from a new 889cc engine, delivering 78kW (105hp) and 100Nm, translating to a 7.5kW/12Nm boost compared to the 790 Adventure.
Key standard feature include dual-sport tyres, a 21-inch front wheel, 20-litre fuel tank and a height-adjustable seat.
Tech equipment extends to a large TFT dash, cornering ABS and traction control, while cruise control, a quickshifter, heated grips, sat-nav and luggage will be available optionally.
According to KTM product manager Joachim Sauer, the 890 Adventure was built to offer better touring capabilities, on and off the tarmac.
“With the development of the new KTM 890 Adventure we hit all our marks by offering an upgraded machine for both road and gravel riding,” said Mr Sauer in a press release.
“With the new engine we worked a lot on optimizing the overall performance and feeling while out riding. The result is a big improvement in the bike’s rideability, better stability, less gear shifting and added comfort for the long days on the saddle.”
“With the KTM 890 Adventure we wanted a KTM that sets the benchmark through its performance on the tarmac while being able to veer off-road and keep the same high standards.”
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