Spied: Updated KTM 890 Adventure in works, to rival Triumph Tiger 900
KTM has started testing what sees to be an update of the 890 Adventure. Yes, it was not too long that KTM launched the 890 Adventure as a successor to the 790 Adventure. But from the looks of it, KTM could be readying the 890 Adventure update with a tweaked design, more features and an added capability to take on the biggies like the Triumph Tiger 900 and the BMW F 850 GSA.
As seen from the spied images, the 890 Adventure update will feature a revised bodywork covering more of the engine area. This should improve the weather protection and also make it the 890 Adventure a more distinct offering as compared to KTM's younger ADVs like the 390 Adventure and the recently launched 250 Adventure. The tank design could be changed without affecting its capacity wherein the saddle tank layout will be replaced by a more conventional design. While the present design makes the 890 Adventure more off-road biased, it is yet to be seen if the updated iteration of the adventure motorcycle will have the same prowess.
The bigger change could be the larger displacement motor that will be EuroV compliant. As speculated from the images, the engine design has been tweaked and it looks much similar to the upcoming Husqvarna Norden 901. With the addition of 90cc in the displacement, the present-gen 890 Adventure makes use of a new 889cc compact engine that puts out 105PS of power and 100Nm of torque whereas the 20 per cent extra rotating mass of the crankshaft brings an improved feeling at low revs while augmenting the centralized sensation and traction through corners, stated KTM at the time of unveiling. KTM India is believed to be reading the 890 Adventure for India launch this year.