2021 KTM 890 Adventure First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Entry-level version joins R and R Rally models

After announcing the 2021 890 Adventure R and Adventure R Rally earlier this month, KTM revealed a third member of the lineup in the more street-biased 890 Adventure.

The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure shares much with the R and Rally models, including its 889cc engine and saddle-shaped low-slung 5.3 gallon fuel tank. The engine tuning is the same, claiming a peak of 105 hp at 8000 rpm and 73.8 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm while meeting Euro 5 emissions standards. Like the other two models, the 890 Adventure comes with a power assist clutch (PASC), which combines a slipper clutch with a lighter lever pull. The transmission is an identical six-speed gearbox, with an optional Quickshifter upgrade for clutchless up and downshifts. The frame is also a similar tubular Chromoly steel design, only it lacks the R model’s orange powder coating.

The differences between the 890 Adventure and the R model are fairly apparent at a glance:

Up front, the non-R model loses the beak, gaining a tire hugging front fender instead. The wheel set-up is similar, with a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, but KTM opted for more road-biased tubeless Avon Trailrider dual-sport tires instead of the R model’s Continental TKC 80 adventure tires.

The suspension system is also different, with the 890 Adventure getting a APEX 43 fork and APEX monoshock instead of the R model’s higher-spec WP XPLOR-USD fork and a preload-adjustable XPLOR PDS rear shock. The APEX suspension offers 7.9-inches of travel, less than the R model’s 9.4 inches but sufficient for some off-road bumps.

The 890 Adventure does gain a taller windscreen, which is better suited for wind protection on highways. The non-R model also gains a height adjustable two-piece seat plus passenger grab handles.

The brakes are the same as on the R model, with dual 320 mm front rotors with radially-mounted four-piston calipers and a 260 mm rear disc with two-piston caliper. A disengageable Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system (including cornering ABS and an off-road mode) is standard, as are the traction control system and selectable ride modes. A Rally mode with crisper throttle response and nine levels of wheel slip control is available as an optional upgrade.

Other standard features include a five-inch TFT display, cruise control, a WP steering damper and an adjustable handlebar.

The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure will be offered in orange or gray paint schemes. U.S. pricing has not yet been announced.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Larry W Larry W on Oct 21, 2020

    This seems to be as close as KTM will get to a street oriented 890 Adventure. I'll be very interested to know if it will work as well on twisty roads as a Triumph 900GT or BMW F900XR. I'd love to see more comparison tests of this class (essentially upright sport-tourers).

  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Oct 21, 2020

    So, let's see. Where did we start? 950? The original was uniquely styled, and attractive to my eye. KTM have tortured it into something that is certainly functional.