Base Model KTM 890 Adventure Debuts for 2021 Model Year

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When the KTM 890 Adventure R and Rally motorcycles debuted two weeks ago, our Bothan spies not only brought us the first pricing information for these two bikes, but they also told us that a third model was set to debut.

Our spies told us that bike would be a more affordable base model of the KTM 890 Adventure family (and similarly named).

Well now today, we get to see what that bike looks like, as KTM USA has officially confirmed that the KTM 890 Adventure is coming as a 2021 model.

The base model 890 ADV will be in dealerships starting in November of this year, and while KTM isn’t talking price just yet, our Bothans tell us to expect a $13,099 MSRP when the bike gets here.

For those keeping track, that is a $500 premium over the current KTM 790 Adventure base model, which might be a small price to pay for what the 890 variant brings to the table.

Thanks to an extra 2mm in the bore, and 3mm in the stroke, the 889cc parallel-twin engine features 105hp and 74 lbs•ft of torque, which is a nice boost over the specs found on the 790 model.

Beyond that marquee change, KTM has also made improvements to the overall package of the adventure bike, including a new rear shock, reworked front and rear brakes, and updated electronic settings for the traction control and ABS.

In the aftermarket parts catalog from KTM, 890 buyers can add cruise control (a switch for this is already on the handlebar), an up/down quickshifter, heated seat and grips, and a range of luggage options.

All-in-all, the KTM 890 Adventure offers a cheaper entry into KTM’s adventure club, while still retaining some of the premium features that help differentiate the orange brand from the cheaper options that have shown up in this space.

With three models now available in the middleweight ADV space, KTM is hoping to flood the zone, and that might be prudent, as with the arrival of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the soon to come Aprilia Tuareg 660, this segment of the industry is heating up.

Source: KTM USA