The 890 Duke R has a new paint option for the 2022 model year that is inspired by the RC16 bikes that KTM competes with in Moto GP. Naturally, the 890 Duke R's athletic objectives are belied by its resemblance to the RC16's livery. The larger 1290 Super Duke R is also available in this new colour. The new matte colour is called Atlantic Blue, and it looks great against the 890 R's orange frame.
The bike itself is unaffected by the new colour scheme. The 890 Duke R is powered by a parallel-twin 889cc engine that produces 121hp and 99Nm. The engine is equipped with forged pistons and a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch. The frame of the 890 Duke R is built of chromium-molybdenum steel, while the subframe is made of cast aluminium. The WP Apex suspension on the 890 Duke R has a USD fork with compression and rebound damping adjustments as well as a fully adjustable monoshock. Seat height is 834 mm and ground clearance is 206 mm.
Brembo Stylema monoblock callipers with 320mm floating discs up front and a 240 mm disc at the rear perform the braking duties. The Michelin Power Cup 2 tyres on the KTM 890 Duke R are paired with a Brembo MCS front master cylinder that allows the rider to change lever ratio and braking feel. There are three riding modes on the 890 Duke R: sport, street, and rain. There's also a new riding mode called Ultimate. Riders may customise throttle control, traction control (9 levels), and wheelie control in the Ultimate (track) mode, which is an optional addition (switched on or off).
The KTM 890 Duke GP, another member of the 890 family, is set to debut on the 22nd of this month. This new 890 Duke GP, according to KTM, will be even more track-focused and will be the flagship of the 890 family of bikes. KTM also provides a variety of PowerParts for the bike, such as Akrapovi exhaust systems, various mirrors, stands, and anodized engine and chassis parts.