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2021 KTM 890 Duke in India; Top Highlights

The 2021 KTM 890 Duke was revealed a few days ago and in all probability, it will be launched in India since the KTM 790 Duke has been discontinued. We give you the top highlights of new naked middleweight and possible launch timelines.

The 2021 KTM 890 Duke was in coming for a while now, especially after the 890 Duke R was revealed in early 2020. The 890 Duke is tasked with replacing the 790 Duke globally, which means, it is likely to be launched in India as well.

Globally, it will be positioned below the 890 Duke R, making it the more affordable naked middleweight motorcycle in KTM’s line-up. So, here is a quick lowdown on the highlights of the new KTM 890 Duke.

In terms of design and styling, the 890 Duke is similar to the 890 Duke R, but gets new colours and graphics. You see the sharp lines, angular LED headlight, chiselled fuel tank and step-seats.

The 890 does miss out on the rear cowl, which the 890 Duke R gets. Overall, there is very little that separates the 890 Duke from its ‘R’ sibling.

The motorcycle is built on a Chromium-Molybdenum steel frame with an Aluminium sub-frame, which is stiffly set for a sporty feel. The engine too is a stressed member of the chassis.

The motorcycle gets the LC8 parallel-twin engine which displaces 889 cc and makes 113 bhp along with 92 Nm, which is 6 bhp and 7 Nm less than what the KTM 890 Duke R produces. The rotating mass of the engine is now increased by 20 per cent, which means better stability when tackling corners and a refined performance.

The engine is Euro V/BS6 compliant as well, which means it is ready for global markets. Other cycle parts include 43 mm WP Apex USDs up front and a monoshock at the rear along with twin 300 mm discs up.

The bike is now shod with Continental ContiRoad tyres instead of the earlier Maxxis tyres. KTM says that the ergonomics are ‘less purposeful’, with a lower 820 mm seat height and a more comfortable perch over the 890 Duke R.