First look: 2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally – high-spec ADV bike limited to 700 editions
KTM has announced the 2024 890 Adventure R Rally, the high-specification adventure bike from the Dakar-winning manufacturer is available to pre-order on September 20 with just 700 bikes available of this prized model and an exclusive desert rally experience.
The most capable adventure bike in KTM’s model line-up, the best configuration of engine and capacity in a chassis equipped with high-specification suspension – KTM’s Adventure R Rally is the bike you really need if you are serious about the off-road part of adventure riding. With a 21K price tag you need to be serious mind you.
With only 700 units available worldwide, the R Rally has an online registration system to give global customers equal chance at getting their hands on the exclusive model. Add in there a chance to go on a three-day riding trip to the Merzouga desert and ride the desert terrain where the KTM Factory Rally team test and train for good measure.
2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally Highlights:
889cc parallel twin engine
WP XPLOR PRO Suspension from the WP Pro Components catalogue
Akrapovič ‘Slip-on Line’
Race-specific Rally seat
Heavy duty wheels (2.15x21"; 4.00x18”)
Rally footpegs with wider footprint
Carbon tank guards
Aluminium guard for rear master cylinder
TECH PACK with Motor Slip Regulation, Cruise Control, Quickshifter+ and Rally Mode
Connectivity Unit kit fully compatible with KTMconnect
Linked ABS linked plus Ride Modes
Engine protection grill and sump guard
Supersprox-Stealth rear sprocket
New fork guard with additional protection towards the tire
New Rally CTG with two-colour fuel tank
EURO 5b homologation
This is the KTM’s adventure model which aims at the rider who really does want to go off-road, take on the types of terrain you see in the images and genuinely do it for real (rather than have all the gear and, well, less of an idea).
It hasn’t changed much for the 2024 model from what we can see but, sitting at the top of the Adventure model range (in our view), the 890 R RALLY model boasts plenty to get your ADV juices flowing.
That includes high-spec suspension componentry with the WP XPLOR PRO 7548 fork system using Cone Valve technology combined with the WP XPLOR PRO 6746 shock absorber, that are both from the WP Pro Components catalogue and fully adjustable for a wide range of terrain and riders.
With WP’s experience from rally competition, this premium kit offers a high level of damping performance, the rider feeling to push more over obstacles, while maintaining a comfort and control. It’s manually adjustable, just like a competition bike kit, and has none of the electronic aids you will find on other KTM Adventure bikes.
Perfect parallel twin engine configuration
We think it is by now well established that a twin cylinder motor makes the best adventure bike engine. Ideally that’ll be around 800cc to produce the right combination of good torque, power combined with not too much weight and importantly a controllable feel in the dirt.
KTM say the 889cc KTM engine dishes out 100Nm of torque at 6500rpm with 105hp. This model gets the upgraded lightweight Akrapovič Slip-on Line exhaust system, similar to that used by KTM’s factory racing teams.
The electronics are still there on the R Rally model including Offroad ABS system, Traction Control, Turn-By-Turn+ navigation and multiple ride modes to select depending on terrain. There’s also A 5” TFT display, Tech Pack and Connectivity Unit kit giving the rider more options for control and communication.
Ergonomics-wise, the R Rally boasts a race-specific seat, heavy duty Excel rims and steel spokes for the tougher terrain, Rally footpegs for increased feeling and grip, carbon tank guards and further protection for the engine, rear master cylinder and suspension are also fitted as standard. There’s also a tough Supersprox-Stealth rear sprocket in a brand-new, rally-derived design.
(Full technical specifications below)
Ultimate KTM Desert Experience
34 customers of the new Adventure 890 R Rally also have the chance to take part in a bespoke adventure rally experience in the Merzouga desert. KTM has organised an exclusive opportunity to join offroad legends like Johnny Aubert at The Ultimate KTM Desert Experience organised by the Rally team.
The event will take place in Morocco, with two groups having the option to choose from two dates: 3 - 7 March or 7 - 11 March, 2024. That means three days riding in the same terrain that the KTM Factory Rally Team and the 790 ADVENTURE prototype underwent their testing. Engage in a dedicated and fully guided route, planned by Jordi Viladoms, Sport Manager Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing.
Participants are looking to be offered a full-factory style package including the use of a fully prepped bike provided by KTM with all the necessary technical support required for desert exploration, transport during the trip and luxury accommodation for a three-night stay, plus one special night camping with KTM in the desert for the total prize of 4,900 € (incl. VAT).
2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally technical specifications:
Liquid-cooled, 899cc, 4-stroke, parallel twin cylinder engine
77 kW / 100Nm claimed power figures
6-speed chain drive
68.8mm x 90.7mm bore and stroke
PASC™ anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated
Bosch EMS with RBW
4.39 l/100km (claimed) fuel consumption
Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
20litre fuel tank capacity
ABS Bosch 9.3 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and off-road mode, disengageable)
320mm front brake disc, twin radially mounted, 4-piston calipers
2 piston floating caliper, 260mm rear brakes
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
WP XPLOR PRO 7548 / XPLOR PRO 6746 front / rear suspension
270mm front and rear suspension travel
303mm ground clearance
910mm seat height
63.8° steering head angle
Pre-order the 2024 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY and more at the dedicated page: www.ktm.com
For full details on the Adventure Experience click here (downloads a pdf).