As a part of updating all of its motorcycles for 2022, KTM has given a mild update to its most powerful middleweight motorcycle, the 890 Duke R. The new KTM 890 Duke R gets a new paint scheme, which makes it more compelling to buy than ever before.
2022 KTM 890 Duke R – What are the changes?
The new KTM 890 Duke R will now be available in a new paint scheme of Atlantic Blue, which is getting common among all the 2022 models launched by KTM. This matte shade of blue contrasts with the orange-coloured parts of the motorcycle, such as the trellis frame and wheels. This new paint scheme mimics the Moto-GP spec motorcycle, the KTM RC16.
2022 KTM 890 Duke R – What’s not changed?
Apart from the new colour option, KTM has made no changes to the technical specifications, design and feature list of the 890 Duke R. The motorcycle continues to retain its aggressive and sharp looking persona, which is derived from its predecessor, the KTM 790 Duke.
The KTM 890 Duke is equipped with state-of-the-art modern features like a full-LED headlamp with daytime running LEDs, LED tail lamp and turn indicators, a full-TFT rectangular instrument console, split seats, backlit switchgear and a high-mounted exhaust pipe. The motorcycle also gets four riding modes – Sport, Street, Rain and Ultimate. The Ultimate riding mode is a fully-customizable riding mode, which allows the rider to have full control over features like throttle control, 2-level wheelie control and 9-level traction control. However, while the Sport, Street and Rain riding modes are standard, the Ultimate riding mode is a paid extra.
The KTM 890 Duke R continues to derive its performance from a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, 889cc engine, which develops 121 bhp pf maximum power output and 99 Nm of maximum torque output. Featuring forged pistons, the new 890 Duke R gets a 6-speed gearbox which gets the assistance of a slipper clutch.
The rest of the mechanical setup of the KTM 890 Duke R hasn’t witnessed any change. The motorcycle continues to use a fully-adjustable suspension combination of upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the back. The motorcycle sits on a chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame, which gets a subframe mounted to it made of aluminium. For braking, KTM has fitted the 890 Duke R with dual 320mm discs at the front and a single 240mm disc at the back, with the front brakes assisted with the Brembo MCS master cylinder. Riding on Michelin Power Cup 2 tyres, the KTM 890 Duke R has a ground clearance of 206mm and a seat height of 834mm.
Apart from all these features, the KTM 890 Duke R is also available with a host of optional accessories and features to boost the performance of the motorcycle. Apart from the Ultimate riding mode, the 890 Duke R can also be specced with a slip-on Akrapovic exhaust system, sportier mirrors and side stand and anodized parts of the engine.