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99Nm of torque @

99Nm of torque @ 7,750rpm, the new 890 Duke R gains 12Nm 250rpm earlier in the revs than the 790 Duke and 16bhp 250rpm later in the rev range. Compression is increased in the 890cc motor from the 12.7:1 of the 790 to 13.5:1. The 46mm DKK Dell-Orto throttle body remains, and the motor still has four valves per cylinder. Equally, the gear ratios remain unchanged from the 790 Duke, and the slip/assist clutch is still used. Just like the Super Duke R, the 890 R gets WP Apex suspension front and back, plus those Stylema calipers and 320 mm brakes. Other tweaks compared to the 790 Duke include a steering head angle that drops from 66° to 65.7°, an increase in trail from 98mm to 99.7mm, an increase in wheelbase from 1,475mm to 1,482mm and a taller seat – now 834mm, up from 825mm. Being an R model, ground clearance is also 206mm, up from 186mm on the ‘standard’ 790 Duke. No word on when the new 890 will arrive here in SA but we are hoping to be sent to the world launch test in early 2020 and should have all the info by then. TORQUE 99 NM @ 7,750RPM N SUPER E W K T M 8 9 0 D U K E New SCALPEL Super Scalpel, huh? Well, the new 890 Duke R exists between the 790 Duke, aka the Scalpel and the 1290 Super Duke, so Super Scalpel it is. “Beast-Duke with a Scalpel” probably wouldn’t fit on the tank, anyway. You’re not remembering wrong, they did just introduce the all-new 790 Duke a couple years ago. So why produce an upgrade this soon? The answer, we think, is that this isn’t a replacement. The meaner 890 R will be sold alongside the 790. They’re just expanding their range, mainly for coun tries like SA where there is no replacment for displacment. The 890 Duke R uses an upgraded 790 parallel twin, now making 121 horsepower! That’s 15 more than the 790, and yet the 890 weighs almost 3 kilos less at 166 kilos (dry). Making a very strong WHEEL BASE 1482 MM SEAT HEIGHT 834 MM ENGINE 890CC 2-CYLINDER TWIN POWER 121 HP @ 9,250RPM KTM 390 Adventure The new KTM 390 Adventure has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 Adventure as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. A breezy, agile, and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the ‘adventure’ sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 Duke as a base, the KTM 390 Adventure offers proximity to the feeling and performance found at the root of the all-conquering KTM 450 Rally, but entry-level licence compatibility and current Euro emissions standards as part of the package. 58 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 5 9