For 2020, KTM decided the 790 Duke needed a more powerful big brother. With that brief in mind, there were plenty of ways this could have gone. Ultimately, the new 2020 KTM 890 Duke R was born. The styling was always going to heavily feature KTM orange, black, and white in some configuration, because that’s what KTM does.
Crafting a more compact, powerful, and torquey middleweight engine took quite a few significant changes. Still, it’s those things you don’t always see (unless you dive deep into the engine yourself, of course) that can make the biggest difference. How will this all play out on the road and at the track? That remains to be seen, but for now, here are all the important things to know about the newest Duke on the block.