KTM unveils the 2020 890 Adventure Rally and Adventure R

A pair of off-roading beasts
by Aris Ilagan | Oct 8, 2020
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KTM has officially unveiled the new 890 Adventure Rally and 890 Adventure R. These two new models are the latest additions to its midsize range, and possess a higher level of off-roading capability than their similarly sized stablemates.

We start with the top-level 890 Adventure Rally, which has been developed by Team Orange’s engineers based on the sterling performance of the off-road race bikes used by the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. Only 700 units will be produced-200 will be allocated in the United States while the rest will be sold in other parts of the world.

By the way, that’s Toby Price, KTM’s multi-titled racer, riding the 890 Adventure Rally in the main photo.

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Topping the list of the 890 Adventure Rally’s high-performance, race-ready features are fully-adjustable WP Xplor Pro suspension, an Akrapovic exhaust system that’s 35% lighter than the standard version. There’s also Rally mode and a quickshifter.

To enhance the bike’s rally-bred stance, KTM has also mounted a pair of narrow anodized wheel rims with tubes, a straight racing saddle, clear screen winglets, racing graphics and colors, carbon-fiber tank protectors, and ’Rally’ footrests.

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The 890 Adventure bikes are equipped with a newly developed 889cc LC8 parallel-twin engine that generates 105hp at 8,000rpm and 100Nm at 6,500rpm. With an added 90cc of displacement, this Euro-5 compliant mill gives the 890 Adventure a 10hp and 12Nm advantage over the 790 Adventure, which is being manufactured by KTM Philippines.

Let’s move on to the 890 Adventure R. This off-road machine comes with a reinforced clutch, improved ABS and traction-control technology, reworked shifting for faster gear changes, a new handlebar switch for the cruise control, an upgraded chassis with an aluminum steering head, a lighter subframe, reworked front and rear brakes, and new suspension settings.

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Joachim Sauer, KTM’s product manager, cites two big reasons the new KTM 890 Adventure bikes will be a big hit: “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 is really transforming the feeling in low rpm, with the new bikes being even more stable and efficient for the long travels.”

Do you think KTM Philippines will manufacture even just the 890 Adventure R here?

NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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