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2023 KTM 890 Adventure | First Ride Review






For 2023, the KTM 890 Adventure gets updated suspension, bodywork, electronics, ergonomics, and more. (Photos by Francesc Montero & Sebas Romero)

To stay current with the latest technology and ahead of the competition, KTM has been on a two-year development cycle with its middleweight Adventure platform. The KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R were launched for 2019, then they evolved into the KTM 890 Adventure and 890 Adventure R for 2021, and now we have updated versions for 2023. 

KTM unveiled the 2023 version of the more off-road oriented 890 Adventure R at its Adventure Rider Rally in Idaho last September, and the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure was announced two months later. The standard model and the R are mostly the same, differing only in terms of suspension, tires, seats, windscreens, and color/graphics.  

Related: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R | Long-Term Ride Review

When the platform debuted for 2019, KTM said the 790 Adventure was designed to be the most off-road capable touring bike and the 790 Adventure R was designed to be the most touring-capable off-road bike. They were head and shoulders above anything else in the category, and they shared Rider Magazine?s 2019 Motorcycle of Year award. 

The 2023 KTM 890 Adventure is available in orange and black colorways. These two are shown with some of KTM’s PowerParts accessories, which include slip-on exhausts, luggage, and various orange-anodized bolt-ons.

KTM has continued its two-pronged approach. To handle its more rugged mission, the 890 Adventure R is equipped with higher-spec WP XLPOR suspension, which mostly accounts for its higher price ($15,199 versus $13,949 for the standard model tested here). It also has Mitas Enduro Trail+ tires, a single-piece seat perched 34.6 inches off the ground, a short windscreen, and rally-inspired graphics. 
To make the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure more off-road capable, the suspension settings were softened and knobbier Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 70/30 tires replaced the previous model’s the 90/10 tires.

At the press launch for the 890 Adventure in Obidos, Portugal, KTM representatives said that many customers end up buying the R over the standard model because they perceive the higher-priced one as being the better of the two. But it really comes down to where and how someone rides. If they spend most of their time on the road with occasional forays in the dirt, if their off-road riding style is more exploratory than aggressive, and if they tour with a passenger, the standard model is a better overall fit. 

Related: 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R | First Look Review

In that vein, KTM made the 890 Adventure more off-road capable without sacrificing its street manners or road-going comfort. New damping settings for its WP APEX suspension are less sporty, geared more toward touring comfort with or without a passenger and compliance on rough off-road terrain. The fully adjustable 43mm inverted for...
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