KTM introduces “base model” 890 Adventure

A few days back, when KTM introduced its new 890 Adventure R and 890 Adventure R Rally, we were left with a big question: Would there be a lower-spec’d 890 Adventure, serving as the base model? Or would the 790 Adventure still hold that role? Now we know the answer: KTM is bringing out a new 890 Adventure, which will serve as the base model for the new 890 line.

Just like the other 890 models, the KTM 890 Adventure gets a 90cc jump in displacement over the 790 models. The new engine should make 105 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque, and KTM says there’s more rotating mass, making the bike more rideable.

There’s also a stronger clutch, and KTM built in an engine knock control system that allows riders to use low-octane fuel. That’s a valuable feature, because you might end up buying petrol from a small service station in the Canadian North if you ride this bike as intended, and you don’t want low-quality gas ending your ride.

The 890 Adventure doesn’t have the same fancy-pants suspension as the R models, but it does have “High-quality WP suspension components and new rear shock.” The new bike has 200mm of suspension travel. KTM also re-worked the brakes and ABS and traction control systems. 

Of course, there’s an optional quickshifter, a TFT screen as standard, a low-slung 20-litre gas tank, and navigation/infotainment available through KTM’s MY RIDE app.

When KTM debuted the 790 Adventure lineup, they talked a lot about all the testing its talented factory riders put in to make the chassis work well. If the 890 gets all that testing, plus a host of upgraded parts, we should be looking at a very decent all-rounder. KTM calls it “The Ultimate Asphalt and Gravel Traveler” in its press release (below). Big words indeed, but when the machines arrive in Canada (they’re expected this fall), we’ll see if they can live up to the hype.

KTM didn’t announce pricing yet, but that should be along shortly, as the bikes are expected to be in showrooms next month.

A bigger engine, with new chassis and electronics.

Press release


Chambly, QC – KTM Canada is pleased to introduce the new 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE, complete with more engine grunt, improved handling, added suspension adjustability and rider-focused technology to form the right tool for endless road or gravel exploration – further proof that the ride doesn’t need to end when the road does.

It has never been a better time to reach out to the world on a bike. Getting from A to B quickly and efficiently has always been important, but to do it aboard a machine carrying KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA takes the experience to new levels. A new model for 2021, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE takes the lightweight and sporty characteristics you’d expect from a KTM ADVENTURE motorcycle to deliver a supremely capable adventure tourer – both on and off the pavement.

The KTM 790 ADVENTURE formed a robust basis for KTM engineers to begin their search to offer more – much more – while still maintaining that resourcefulness, light touch and confidence-inspiring handling. The new 889 cc compact engine raises horsepower and torque figures while the 20% extra rotating mass of the crankshaft improves engine character at low revs and adds to its already impressive corning capability. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE also comes with a refined and stronger clutch to cope with the boosted performance.

A new WP APEX rear shock offers greater customization potential through a new rebound damping adjuster and an additional hand adjuster for spring preload. The suspension matches the rest of the chassis configuration in placing the bike firmly between use for the tarmac and the trail.

Want the thrill of the gravel and breaking traction? Then count on 200 mm of suspension travel, Dakar Rally-inspired ergonomics that mean the bike is comparably slim, light and manageable with an accessible seat height, a low fender, a 5.3-gal (20-liter) tank and KTM MY RIDE with navigation.

Prefer the flat expanses of the road? The KTM 890 ADVENTURE has Adventure-spec tires, a full-size TFT dashboard, Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control and Motor Slip Regulation, a seat that is adjustable in two heights and a strong, yet lightweight, subframe for passenger or baggage.

A range of KTM PowerPart upgrades means that Cruise Control (with the handlebar switch now provided as standard), a Quickshifter+ (with optimized settings), heated seat and grips together with a wide compliment of luggage widens the travel potential of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE even more.


New engine with 90 cc added displacement
Improved performance with increased power
Better rideability thanks to 20% increased rotating mass
Stronger clutch adapted to increased performance
Engine knock control system (use of low Octane fuel)
High-quality WP suspension components and new rear shock
Reworked front and rear brakes for added control
Improved ABS and MTC settings
Anodized wheel hubs instead of powder coated
Handlebar switch with Cruise Control button (software additional)
Weight optimization, thanks to compact motor and fuel tank
Slim profile, refined ergonomics and new graphics
Travel-ready with two-part, adjustable seat and low fender
KTM MY RIDE app giving access to music, calls and, with an optional app, navigation

The KTM 890 ADVENTURE will be arriving at authorized KTM dealers from November 2020 onwards.


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