Following on from the announcement of the 2023 890 Adventure R, KTM has announced the 890 Adventure will also receive a similar set of updates for the 2023 model year.
Just like we saw on the new 890 Adventure R, the 890 Adventure gets a refreshed new look with new plastics and a new taller windscreen at the front end of the bike which blends seamlessly into the redesigned fuel tanks.
The 890 LC8c engine puts down a healthy 105hp and 100Nm of torque while the WP suspension sees revisions to both the APEX 43 mm front forks and the APEX shock. The forks now come with adjustment for rebound and compression accessible from the top caps while the APEX shock receives new settings which KTM says are orientated for the well-being and demands of adventure riding.
KTM has placed the 890 Adventure as the more attainable of its adventure machines with a lower seat height than the R model which can be positioned as low as 800mm depending on whether the bike is specced with a lowering kit and optional low seat.
Tech-wise the 890 Adventure scores KTM’s new TFT display which has been specifically designed to be more user-friendly. We all know TFTs can get a bit complicated, so its nice to know that KTM has made a real effort here. The new dash moves to bonded mineral glass for extra scratch and glare resistance and the software system of menus and infographics have been redesigned to make alterations to the behaviour of the KTM 890 Adventure even simpler.
Alongside the new dash is an updated ABS system which now runs on a new 9.3 mp ABS unit. This feeds from the 6D sensor to enable the full possible braking power in wide a range of conditions. The improved ABS is synced closer to the ride modes, with OFFROAD ABS (maximising braking control through disengagement on the rear wheel and lowered amount on the front) is activated automatically in OFFROAD or RALLY. The KTM 890 ADVENTURE can be clicked into STREET, OFFROAD, RAIN and an optional RALLY mode.
Love it or hate it, just like the R model the 890 Adventure also ships with KTM’s controversial DEMO setting which gives the rider the chance to try the full range of Rider Aids for the first 1,500 km before deciding whether to purchase and keep them permanently.
The KTM 890 Adventure is available to pre-order now through any KTM Authorised dealer and are expected to be ready to hit the road from February 2023. Pricing is yet to be confirmed by KTM New Zealand.
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