- KTM teases a new adventure motorcycle
- Likely to be the 890 Adventure standard trim
KTM has released a teaser video of one of its upcoming adventure motorcycles which will be unveiled on 19 October 2020. Although the teaser doesn’t reveal enough to identify the bike’s model name, it will most likely be the KTM 890 Adventure standard variant. The Austrian bike maker has already taken the wraps off the higher-spec 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally trims but it has not yet shown the standard version.
The upcoming variant of the 890 Adventure will be a scaled down model of the R and Rally iterations. So expect it to miss out on things like fully-adjustable WP suspension, cruise control and a few other features. However, it will be based on the same Molybdenum frame with 21-18-inch spoke wheel combination. It will also retain the full-LED lighting setup and a five-inch full-colour TFT screen.
The engine will also be identical to that of the R and Rally models. It’s an 889cc, parallel-twin engine which churns out 103bhp at 8,000rpm and 100Nm at 6,500rpm. It comes mated to a six-speed gearbox which is likely to come with a bi-directional quick shifter as an option. Notably, the same engine does duty on the 890 Duke but makes lesser power and torque at 95bhp and 88Nm.
In the international markets, the motorcycle will compete against the likes of the Triumph Tiger 900, Honda Africa Twin 1100 and the BMW F850 GS. KTM is unlikely to bring the 890 Adventure to the Indian shores anytime soon. At present, its main focus is on the small size adventure segment which will soon witness the entry of the 250 Adventure.