Not too long ago, I showcased the KTM 890 Adventure R and R Rally at our sister site Web Bike World. These bikes are the true hardcore adventure bikes, but what if you don’t need something quite that extreme? KTM now has an answer for you, the 2021 890 Adventure.
This is the entry-level 890 adventure touring motorcycle. It keeps a lot of the same equipment as the R and R Rally models. Shared equipment includes the 889cc engine, 5.3-gallon fuel tank, and much of the frame (though not orange powder coated) and chassis. The engine uses the same tuning, too. It makes 105 hp and 73.8 lb-ft of torque while meeting Euro 5 emissions standards.
The bike also gets a power assist clutch connected to a six-speed gearbox with an optional Quickshifter upgrade. The bike also has a bit of a chunkier tail section and feature a taller windscreen and a more street-focused front end. The tires, too, look far less off-road ready than the R and R Rally’s do.
The ties on the bike are tubeless Avon Trailrider dual-sport tires. The suspension system is different, too with the 890 Adventure using an APEX 43 fork and an APEX mono-shock. These are a stop down from the WP EPLOR units on the more extreme bike. The Adventure still gets 7.9 inches of travel, though.
When it comes to brakes, you’ll notice the same setup and components as is on the R model—four-piston calipers up front and two in the rear. There’s Bosch 9.1 MP ABS that you can disengage. There’s also a good traction control system as well as some ride modes. Additional features include cruise control and an adjustable handlebar. Pricing for the model has not yet been announced.