KTM has revealed its new 890 Adventure R 2021 adventure bike, building upon the popular 790 Adventure model with more grunt, and a higher level of standard equipment.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, the 890 Adventure R will hit Australian showrooms from April, 2021.
It is understood that the new 890 Adventure R will be priced above the current 790 Adventure range, which launched last year at $21,195 rideaway, or $22,695 for the higher-spec 790 Adventure R.
Distinguishing the new model is a higher-capacity 889cc, delivering 78kW (105hp) and 100Nm, which translates to a 7.5kW/12Nm boost compared to the 790 Adventure.
KTM says that a newly designed crankshaft provides a more stable and consistent output, with better cornering stability for long distance riding on the throttle.
The KTM 890 Adventure R also boasts fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension, an overhauled anti-lock braking (ABS) system, as well as an improved traction control system.
Other changes include an aluminium steering head tube and lighter subframe, reworked brakes, new suspension settings and a new optional quickshifter.
The Austrian brand also ripped the covers off a limited run halo variant, the 890 Adventure R Rally, which boasts significant off-road-focussed upgrades.
Just 700 Rallys will be built, and many are reportedly already spoken for, so Australian buyers will have to be prompt to secure a unit, if indeed some are allocated for the local market.
Notable enhancements for the KTM 890 Adventure R Rally include a unique engine tune, an Akrapovic exhaust system, WP XPLOR Pro suspension, an exclusive rider mode, a performance quickshifter and a racing graphics package, among other changes.
The components and settings have been derived from the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team, with Australia’s Toby Price involved in the 890 Adventure R Rally reveal festivities.
“We are lucky in at least two ways with the unveiling of our new KTM 890 Adventure R Rally and R models,” said KTM product manager Joachim Sauer.
“Firstly, to be able to count on the high standards and excellent collaboration with our multi-title winner Rally team. It’s very cool to be able to use their work and their components and plug it straight into our production bikes.”
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