KTM 890 Duke 2021 vs. KTM 890 Duke R 2021

KTM 890 Duke 2021

KTM 890 Duke 2021

KTM 890 Duke R 2021

KTM 890 Duke R 2021


Overview - KTM 890 Duke 2021 vs KTM 890 Duke R 2021

The KTM 890 Duke 2021 and the KTM 890 Duke R 2021 are both naked bikes with similar technical specifications. They both have an inline engine with a displacement of 889ccm and 890ccm respectively. The engine power of the 890 Duke is 115 HP, while the 890 Duke R has a higher engine power of 121 HP. The torque of the 890 Duke is 92 Nm, while the 890 Duke R has a higher torque of 99 Nm. Both bikes have a fuel injection system and a liquid cooling system.

In terms of suspension, both bikes have an upside-down telescopic fork front suspension and a swing arm rear suspension with a monoshock absorber. The suspension components are branded by WP, a well-known suspension manufacturer. The rear suspension of both bikes has preload adjustment and is made of aluminum. The chassis of both bikes is made of chromium-molybdenum and has a tubular frame.

The braking system of both bikes consists of double disk brakes at the front with a diameter of 300mm for the 890 Duke and 320mm for the 890 Duke R. Both bikes have four-piston calipers and radial technology for improved braking performance.

KTM 890 Duke 2021

KTM 890 Duke 2021

In terms of advanced rider assistance systems, both bikes are equipped with ABS, riding modes, and traction control. The 890 Duke R does not have cornering ABS, launch control, ride by wire, and anti-wheelie features, which are present in the 890 Duke.

Both bikes have similar dimensions and weights. The front and rear tire widths are 120mm and 180mm respectively, with a diameter of 17 inches for both. The wheelbase of the 890 Duke is 1476mm, while the 890 Duke R has a slightly longer wheelbase of 1482mm. The seat height of the 890 Duke is 820mm, while the 890 Duke R has a higher seat height of 834mm. The dry weight of the 890 Duke with ABS is 169kg, while the 890 Duke R is slightly lighter at 166kg. Both bikes have a fuel tank capacity of 14 liters.

KTM 890 Duke R 2021

KTM 890 Duke R 2021

In terms of strengths, the 890 Duke is praised for its rev-happy engine, lively handling, buttery-smooth quickshifter, and comprehensive electronics package. It is also mentioned that the 890 Duke does not leave the rider desiring the R version on the country road. On the other hand, the 890 Duke R is praised for its high-revving and sporty engine, excellent quickshifter, great electronics package, great brakes, good chassis, and lightweight, which contributes to its driving-friendly handling.

As for weaknesses, the 890 Duke is mentioned to have a quickshifter at an extra cost, while the 890 Duke R is criticized for its cheap buttons and switches, such as the indicator switch, and slightly nervous geometry.

In summary, both the KTM 890 Duke 2021 and the KTM 890 Duke R 2021 have their strengths and weaknesses. The 890 Duke offers a great overall package with its rev-happy engine and smooth quickshifter, while the 890 Duke R provides a more sporty and performance-oriented experience with its higher engine power, better brakes, and lightweight.

Technical Specifications KTM 890 Duke 2021 compared to KTM 890 Duke R 2021

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Engine and Drive Train

Engine typeEngine typeIn lineEngine typeIn line
BoreBore90.7 mmBore90.7 mm
StrokeStroke68.8 mmStroke68.8 mm
Engine powerEngine power115 HPEngine power121 HP
Rpm at Max. PowerRpm at Max. Power9,000 rpmRpm at Max. Power9,250 rpm
TorqueTorque92 NmTorque99 Nm
Rpm at TorqueRpm at Torque8,000 rpmRpm at Torque7,750 rpm
Fuel systemFuel systemInjectionFuel systemInjection
Clutch TypeClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bathClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bath
Transmission TypeTransmission TypeGearshiftTransmission TypeGearshift
Number of gearsNumber of gears6Number of gears6
Valves per cylinderValves per cylinder4Valves per cylinder4
DisplacementDisplacement889 ccmDisplacement890 ccm

Suspension Front

Front suspensionFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic forkFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic fork
DiameterDiameter43 mmDiameter43 mm
TravelTravel140 mmTravel140 mm

Suspension Rear

SuspensionSuspensionSwing armSuspensionSwing arm
Shock absorberShock absorberMonoshockShock absorberMonoshock
Shock mountShock mountDeflectionShock mountDeflection
TravelTravel150 mmTravel150 mm


Frame typeFrame typeTubularFrame typeTubular
RakeRake66 degreeRake65.7 degree

Brakes Front

TypeTypeDouble diskTypeDouble disk
DiameterDiameter300 mmDiameter320 mm
PistonPistonFour pistonsPistonFour pistons

Brakes Rear

DiameterDiameter240 mmDiameter240 mm
PistonPistonDouble pistonPistonDouble piston

Assistance Systems

Advanced Rider Assistance SystemsAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS, Riding modes, Cornering ABS, Launch-Control, Ride by Wire, Traction control, Anti-wheelieAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS, Riding modes, Traction control

Dimensions and Weights

Front tyre widthFront tyre width120 mmFront tyre width120 mm
Front tyre heightFront tyre height70 %Front tyre height70 %
Front tyre diameterFront tyre diameter17 inchFront tyre diameter17 inch
Rear tyre widthRear tyre width180 mmRear tyre width180 mm
Rear tyre heightRear tyre height55 %Rear tyre height55 %
Rear tyre diameterRear tyre diameter17 inchRear tyre diameter17 inch
WheelbaseWheelbase1,476 mmWheelbase1,482 mm
Seat HeightSeat Height820 mmSeat Height834 mm
Dry Weight (with ABS)Dry Weight (with ABS)169 kgDry Weight (with ABS)166 kg
Fuel Tank CapacityFuel Tank Capacity14 lFuel Tank Capacity14 l
License compliancyLicense compliancyALicense compliancyA
Stationary noiseStationary noise93 dBStationary noise96 dB

Pros and Cons in comparison

Pros and Cons in comparison

KTM 890 Duke 2021

KTM 890 Duke 2021

The predecessor 790 Duke already proved that KTM knows how to build a mid-range naked bike for the road. The new 890 carries the torch with a puffy chest and once again lives up to its scalpel nickname. Lively, it pulls the radii and gives off a certain nervousness that can be interpreted as a wild character. The equipment is almost complete - but only almost. Why do you have to pay extra for the quickshifter when it was standard on the predecessor? It is all the more annoying that the clutchless upshifting and downshifting functions as smoothly as butter and that one would not want to do without it.

Rev-happy engine

lively handling

buttery-smooth quickshifter

electronics package

does not arouse a desire for the R version on the country road.

Quickshifter at extra cost

KTM 890 Duke R 2021

KTM 890 Duke R 2021

The KTM 890 Duke R scores with simple ingredients. Take a low weight, a modern engine with driving aids, and finally, high-quality brakes and a good chassis. The result is predictable! The Duke is an attractive machine that is a joy to ride. The low weight can be felt in every situation. A cool bike!

High revving and sporty engine

Excellent quickshifter

Great electronics package

Great brakes

Good chassis

Driving-friendly handling - low weight noticeable

Cheap buttons and switches (e.g. indicator switch)

Slightly nervous geometry

Price Comparison Avarage Market Price KTM 890 Duke vs KTM 890 Duke R

There are a few key differences between a KTM 890 Duke 2021 and a KTM 890 Duke R 2021. In terms of price, the actual average price of a KTM 890 Duke R 2021 is about 10% higher. Compared to KTM 890 Duke R 2021 there are more KTM 890 Duke 2021 bikes available on the 1000PS.de Marketplace, specifically 22 compared to 14. It takes less time to sell a KTM 890 Duke with 78 days compared to 99 days for a KTM 890 Duke R. Since model year 2021 1000PS.de editors have written 11 reviews for the KTM 890 Duke and 15 reviews for the KTM 890 Duke R since model year 2020. The first review for the KTM 890 Duke was published on 1/19/2021 and now has more than 37,800 views. This compares to more than 126,600 views for the first review on KTM 890 Duke R published on 11/5/2019.

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