New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a BMW S1000XR, Honda Grom and a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, Yamaha MT-10, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 



Updating the 790 Duke for 2020’s Euro5 regulations, the new KTM 890 Duke R makes more power and torque from its parallel twin motor, has ‘racier’ ergonomics, better brakes and fully-adjustable WP suspension…


New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed


Making a very strong 119bhp (89kW) @ 9,250 and 73lb-ft (99Nm) @ 7,750rpm, the new 890 Duke R gains 16bhp 250rpm later in the rev range and 9lb-ft 250rpm EARLIER in the revs than the 790 Duke.

Compression is increased in the 890cc motor from the 12.7:1 of the 790 to 13.5:1. The 46mm DKK Dell-Orto throttle body remains, and the motor still has four valves per cylinder. Equally, the gear ratios remain unchanged from the 790 Duke, and the slip/assist clutch is still used.


New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed


How else is the new KTM 890 Duke R different to the 790 Duke?

The KTM 890 Duke R has now got radially-mounted Brembo Stylema four-pot calipers biting a pair of 320mm discs up front, with the addition of cornering ABS and cornering traction control, thanks to the Bosch 9.1 MP IMU-equipped braking controller. The rear caliper loses a piston to become a single pot, still working on a 240mm disc.

Dry weight is down by 3kg to 166kg dry, so with the unchanged tank capacity of 14 litres, we expect the new KTM 890 Duke R to weigh around 185-190kg with a full tank and ready to ride.


New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed


Other tweaks compared to the 790 Duke include a steering head angle that drops from 66° to 65.7°, an increase in trail from 98mm to 99.7mm, an increase in wheelbase from 1,475mm to 1,482mm and a taller seat – now 834mm, up from 825mm. Being an R model, ground clearance is also 206mm, up from 186mm on the ‘standard’ 790 Duke.

The front suspension is still a 43mm WP APEX fork, with the WP APEX shock retained on the rear, and travel remains the same. Tyres are also unchanged, as 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR17.


New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed


New KTM 890 Duke R Specification

Engine type

2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin


890 cc

Bore / stroke

90.7 / 68.8 mm


89 kW (119 bhp) @ 9,250 rpm


99 Nm @ 7,750 rpm

Compression ratio


Starter / battery

Electric starter / 12V 10 Ah


6 gears

Fuel system

DKK Dell’Orto (throttle body 46mm)


8 V / DOHC


Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps

Engine oil

Motorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50

Primary drive


Final drive



Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger


Cable operated PASC™ Slipper clutch

Ignition / engine management

Bosch EMS with RBW

Traction control

MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode + Track mode optional)


CrMo-steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated


Aluminium, powder coated


Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm

Front suspension

WP APEX, Ø 43 mm

Rear suspension

WP APEX shock absorber

Suspension travel front / rear

140 / 150mm

Front brake

2 Å~ Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm

Rear brake

Brembo single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm


Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and super moto mode)

Wheels front / rear

Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 Å~ 17"; 5.50 Å~ 17"

Tires front / rear

120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17


X-Ring 520


Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer

Steering head angle



99.7 mm

Wheel base

1,482 mm ± 15 mm

Ground clearance

206 mm

Seat height

834 mm

Fuel tank capacity

approx. 14 litres / 3.5 liters reserve

Dry weight

approx. 166 kg


New KTM 890 Duke R for 2020: Details revealed

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