We review the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R! KTM’s award-winning middleweight ADV motorcycle has received several refinements this year, starting with its larger 889cc parallel-twin engine.
Following in the footsteps of its street-focused cousins, the 890 Duke and Duke R, the Adventure R boasts all of the same upgrades that the street models received to the engine. Beyond the increase in displacement, KTM engineers also gave the new engine larger intake and exhaust valves, lighter forged pistons, and V-shaped connecting rods to reduce reciprocating mass, while a 20% heavier crankshaft help improve low-rpm manners. Dual balancer shafts ensure that the engine is smooth, even if the terrain isn’t.
Shifting is improved this year, with a shortened shift lever throw and lighter shift-detent spring.
There were other changes, too. The chassis now uses an aluminum head tube and a lighter swingarm, accompanied by updated suspension settings.
Editor–in-Chief Greg Drevenstedt tested the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R and had a lot to say about it.
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