Wow. The looks will be familiar, but the change of that one digit, from 7 to 8, is going to make a big difference.
Those differences (in short):
+10hp – now 105hp
+12NM – now 100Nm
And two versions. The standard, as it were, 890 Adventure R. And the limited edition 890 Adventure R Rally. And when we say limited edition, chances are unless you’re quick in reading this the 700 units will be sold out already! So act fast…
ktm 890 adventure r rally
So here we are, two new adventure machines from KTM ‘to let riders #AdventureHarder ‘(must have a # eh?) ‘and faster’ (yep, speed’s important…). The exclusive – it was either 500 or 700 units depending on whether you read the website or watched the video – 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY and the updated-790 that is the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R. Both said be capitalizing on KTM’s achievements in the racing environment to embolden the brand’s prestige in the Travel sector.
Its’s only been two years since the KTM 790 ADVENTURE revved up the middleweight segment. But already KTM has taken that model up a notch or two with more capacity, more power and more torque.
In the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY, KTM say they are ‘crafting one of the most desirable Adventure offerings in any catalog thanks to a series of components and settings derived from the efforts of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team’.
Top of the range WP Pro components are likely to be doing a pretty damn good job, being fully adjustable and all. And while KTM claim the same power for both bikes they say on the Rally the power output of the new four-stroke, twin, DOHC, Euro5-ready engine is boosted by an ultra-light Akrapovic silencer.
Other neat exclusive details include specific chassis race settings, rally footpegs (wider, lighter and mud-free), straight seat, clear screen and winglets, racing graphics along with Quickshifter+ and RALLY ride mode as standard.
KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// Limited edition, 700 units [500 INT & 200 US]
// Updated engine & electronics
// WP XPLOR Pro Components Suspension
// Akrapovic exhaust (35% lighter than standard)
// Straight racing seat (with 910mm height)
// RALLY mode and Quickshifter+ included
// Narrow anodized wheel rims with tubes
// Clear screen winglets and racing graphics and colours
// Carbon fiber tank protectors and Rally footrests
KTM 890 ADVENTURE R
Here’s KTM’s explainer on the base model:
The KTM 890 ADVENTURE R improves and accelerates the riding sensation that many came to love with the KTM 790 ADVENTURE model family. The new engine generates 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque, that is 10 hp and 12 Nm more than the bike’s smaller brother. The crankshaft features 20% more rotating mass and the overall effect of the engineering around the powerplant means a more stable and consistent output, noticeable with low RPM torque. The added mass also means added cornering stability for long distance riding on the throttle. Fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension, overhauled ABS software and new traction control algorithms are just three aspects that mold the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R as the company’s refined definition of an exhilarating ‘allrounder’.
KTM 890 ADVENTURE R – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// New 889cc engine with an added 90cc of displacement
// Engine featuring 20% more rotating masses (Euro5)
// More power with 105 hp @ 8,000rpm
// Added torque with 100 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
// Reinforced clutch
// Improved ABS and Traction Control
// Reworked shifting for faster gear changes
// Updated Quickshifter+ (optional)
// New handlebar switch for Cruise Control function
// Chassis upgrades with aluminum steering head tube & lighter subframe
// Reworked front & rear brakes
// New suspension settings
Joachim Sauer, KTM Product Manager Travel:
“We are lucky in at least two ways with the unveiling of our new KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY and R models. 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. Secondly, we’re excited by the fact we’re providing a new riding experience. The increased performance in addition to the extra rotating mass are really transforming the feeling in low rpm, with the new bikes being even more stable and efficient for the long travels. I’m pretty sure KTM ADVENTURE riders will feel the difference as soon as they get on their saddles for any kind of riding adventure.”