KTM made all the headlines earlier this month when it announced that it is soon going to unveil not one, but two new KTM 890 motorcycles for MY2022. The teasers got our hearts racing as anything new from the house of KTM should. One of those bikes was touted to be the 2022 iteration of the KTM 890 Duke R while the second product is a new trim-level – the KTM 890 Duke GP.
While we are yet to see what the latter is going to be, for starters, KTM has revealed the 2022 iteration of its ‘Super Scalper’ 890 Duke R. So what’s new? Just a new colour scheme. While we were waiting for KTM to disrupt the middleweight naked segment yet again, it has decided to stick with the same recipe, albeit with new garnishing.
For the 2022 model year, the KTM 890 Duke R benefits from new bold graphics, courtesy its new shade dubbed as ‘Atlantic Blue’. We have already witnessed this palette used on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. The new matt paint also harks back to the shades used on the RC16 GP – otherwise known as KTM’s stallion for the MotoGP grid.
Since this is just an aesthetic upgrade, everything remains the same as before mechanically. The 2022 890 Duke R still gets powered by an 889cc, parallel-twin motor that puts down 121 HP and 99 Nm. This powerhouse is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox with PASC anti-hopping clutch. To make your experience less hairy, a comprehensive suite of electronics always remains hard at work. It gets ride modes – Rain, Street, Sport and Track (optional), 9 levels of adjustment for slip, and anti-wheelie, cornering ABS with supermoto mode and cornering traction control with a 6D lean angle sensor. The 890 Duke R also gets adjustable suspension sourced from WP. The braking department is looked after by dual 320 mm front discs clamped by 4-piston radially mounted calipers and a 240 mm rear disc with single-piston floating caliper.
While the 2022 890 Duke R might not have delivered your adrenaline fix since it is just a cosmetic update, KTM is also working on a more track-focused version of the motorcycle that is likely to be christened as 890 Duke GP. Expect the 890 Duke GP to barge into the scene on 22nd February, 2022.