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The 2022 KTM 890 Duke R is a Sharper Scalpel

Mattighofen, Oberösterreich, Austria

The 2022 KTM 890 Duke R is a sharp looking motorcycle with performance to match. And now, the Super Scalpel as it’s known for its hyper-fast steering geometry, gets a new look that keeps pace with the way it handles.

The latest 890 Duke R is available this year –at dealers now if you’re lucky – with a bold colour scheme that comes from the bike’s big brother the 1290 Super Duke R EVO.  The Atlantic Blue base colour calls to mind the RC16 GP racer as well as the 1290. This matte paint is complemented by the standard bold orange frame on all KTM R bikes.

The 2022 KTM 890 DUKE R is sharpened. KTM photo

The 2022 KTM 890 DUKE R is sharpened. KTM photo

There are brains and brawn beyond that pretty face, too.

Electronic assistance comes in the form of cornering ABS and traction control along with a 6D lean angle sensor. This measures pitch, roll, and yaw. Back-and-forth, side-to-side and movement on the vertical axis, in case you’re wondering. Just like an airplane.

The KTM 890 DUKE R blends Atlantic Blue and orange. KTM photo

The KTM 890 DUKE R blends Atlantic Blue and orange. KTM photo

Ride modes go hand-in-hand with traction control. You get your choice of Rain, Street, Sport, plus optional Track modes. Customization options let you select from nine levels of traction control slip, anti-wheelie on/off, and throttle control settings.

The parallel-twin machine is among the top naked middleweights available. And when you’ve got that much go, you need plenty of whoa to match. That comes from monoblock Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing two 320mm discs at the front. Grip comes from a pair of Michelin Power Cup 2 tires.

The 890 DUKE R has a full suite of electronic modes and controls. KTM photo

The 890 DUKE R has a full suite of electronic modes and controls. KTM photo

When you’re finished setting the modes and controls and wish to customize your 890 Duke R further, there are plenty of KTM PowerParts available.

But is anyone ever really finished tinkering with their bike?

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