Is KTM 890 Duke R an affordable Beast?

The KTM 890 Duke R is a high-performance naked bike made for demanding street riding and track use. With its aggressive and pointed appearance, light weight, and cutting-edge technology, it provides experienced riders with a thrilling and dynamic riding experience.

The motorbike is constructed with an aluminium sub-frame that is stiffly set for a sporty feel and a chromium-molybdenum steel frame. Another component of the chassis under stress is the engine. A more aggressive riding position and increased feel from the front tyre are provided by the tapered aluminium handlebars, which are positioned flatter, lower, and further forward on the KTM 890 Duke R. Using the triple clamp's three rotating adjustments and four fine-tuning locations, riders can further customise their ideal reach. 

Engine and Gearbox
The 889cc, LC8c, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that powers the streetfighter produces 115PS, which is 10PS and 5Nm more than the 790 Duke. What's more intriguing is that its dry weight of 169 kg is unchanged from before. A bi-directional quick shifter is an optional feature for the 6-speed transmission.

Suspension and Brake
The 890 Duke's hardware consists of a single 240mm disc brake arrangement in the back and revised WP Supreme suspension on both ends with 320mm disc up front. The motorcycle has Continental Conti Road tyres instead of the Maxxis Supermax ST tyres seen on the 790 Duke for better grip.

The electronics include cornering ABS, traction control, switchable wheelie control, launch control, and four ride modes (Rain, Street, Sport, and Track). Among its features are LED lights everywhere and a full-color TFT screen that can be connected to a smartphone. Additionally, it has a lower seat height (820mm), which is 14mm shorter than the 890 R and 5mm lower than the 790 Duke.

The KTM 890 Duke R sits higher than the KTM 790 Duke at 840 mm (33 in), giving it a meaner stance and a greater lean angle. The KTM 890 Duke R has a sleeker, more aggressive appearance thanks to the pillion seat's standard inclusion of the Duke's iconic cover.

Electronic rider aids are a means for KTM to increase performance, control, and enjoyment. There are four ride options available to riders:
  • Mode of rain
It provides maximum traction control, smooth throttle response, and lower power when riding in slick weather. It is the default option.
  • Mode of Street
With the daily riding mode, you can ride on the street with adequate traction control, default throttle control, and maximum power without compromising acceleration by reducing power when the front tyre rises off the deck.
  • Mode Sport
Full power, a quicker throttle response, and less invasive traction control—which permits minor wheelspin—are all available in the sporty street riding option. In addition, this mode permits maximal acceleration by allowing the front wheel to decelerate off the ground without traction control interfering.
  • Mode of tracking
With nine different traction control slip levels, an optional Track mode on the 890 Duke R gives riders more personalisation in terms of throttle control and the flexibility to turn off or on anti-wheelie mode. In track mode, MSR is turned off to give you more control.

Price and Variants
The KTM 890 Duke motorcycle has an initial cost of Rs 8 lakh. There are two models available in India, with the high-end variant priced at Rs 10 lakh.

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