KTM launched the 790 Duke in India back in 2019 and decided to get about 100 units for the country. After being extremely impressed with the KTM 790 Duke last year, we can’t wait to get our hands on the meatier KTM 890 Duke. Here’s a teaser. Here are five things you should know about the bike:
1. Expected price and launch date
KTM has priced the 890 Duke, however, we can expect it to retail at around Rs 9 lakh as it will be brought via CKD. It will be launched in late 2021 or early 2022.
2. A boat full of electronics
KTM has not waived the KTM 890 Duke electronics package. It has four ride modes: Rain, Road, Sport, and Track, all of which come with different settings for traction control, bike control, ABS cornering, throttle response, and launch control. However, KTM offers the bi-directional quick-shifter as an option, unlike standard accessories such as the KTM 890 Duke R.
3. Better Braking system
Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer decided to give the KTM 890 Duke a higher performance edge. The Brembo brake system has been updated with new brake pads for better handling. The Apex 43mm fork is also claimed to offer a better response. The 890 Duke uses Continental ContiRoad tires, unlike the Maxxis Supermaxx ST on the 790 Duke.
4. Adorable looks
The KTM 890 Duke looks a lot like the Duke 790. You get the same all-LED headlight with DRL, advanced bodywork, neutral driving position, and tapered seat exhaust. The only distinguishing factor is the paint scheme and stickers. KTM used black and orange paint for the tank, in contrast to the silver and orange seen on the 790 Duke.
5. No substitute for offsets
Although there have been no major changes to its appearance, a lot has changed when it comes to the KTM 890 Duke’s power. It uses a Euro5 / BS6 compliant 899cc, liquid-cooled engine that produces 115hp and 92 Nm of torque. That’s 11PS and 8Nm more than the 790 Duke. For reference, the Triumph Street Triple R, the 890 Duke’s competitor, generates 123 horsepower and 79 Nm of torque.
Also Read: New electric cars in India 2021