This February 2022, KTM decided that it will be the month of middleweight nakeds. Numerous updates are coming to the Austrian brand’s middleweight offering that has yet to be launched in the country, the 890 Duke R. Currently, the 790 Duke is the only middleweight sport naked in the country, and it also gets local manufacturing as well, but it’s not impossible to expect the 890 Duke sometime soon.
We’re still keeping our fingers crossed, but the 890 Duke R will get a revision, as teased by KTM, and there will also be an all-new trim level, the 890 Duke GP. The latter trim is defined as “a Grand Prix-inspired entry into Dukedom.” Meanwhile, the updated R variant of the Duke will be even more focused and “an even sharper iteration of The Super Scalpel.”
All of those statements are interesting to note since KTM is a performance-loving company. You can expect a high level of performance from the new 890s which include Brembo Stylema dual front calipers, WP APEX suspension, as well as Road, Street, and Rain riding modes plus nine levels of traction control, switchable any-wheelie, and more throttle settings to help you dial the performance in.
On top of all of that, KTM has announced a new colorway for the 890 Duke, which takes inspiration from the brand’s RC16 MotoGP racebike. The paint job includes a matte blue on an orange coat that is similar to the one we saw on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Blue is the new orange, but of course, it works out to give the Duke a new look for the new year.
The 890cc parallel-twin will make 121 hp out of the box, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why KTM’s Super Scalpel made a lot of noise when it first launched and was put in the hands of reviewers and riders.
International markets will receive the KTM 890 Duke R by February 2022. Local availability of the model still isn’t assured at the moment, and no launch date has been formally announced by KTM Philippines. With all these updates, however, it seems that the 890 is already at a point where it’ll hit the ground running once Team Orange decides that it’s time to level up its middleweight offering in the country.