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I ordered the Speed Angels one from Amazon but failed to notice it ships from England... so it will be a while.
 

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Same, I ordered nano glass thinking it was actually made out of glass (like a glass screen protector for a phone).
 

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I live in Japan. I was finally able to test ride the 890 Duke R, the only two things I noticed I didn't like was; my left knee and shin got roasted sitting at a light when the fan turns on, and using the quick shifter from first to second was very clunky compared to all the other gears. I absolutely love everything else about the bike. FYI, I had a 690 Duke R and presently have a 1290 Super Duke R. As soon as the bike is released here, I'm buying one for sure.
 

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I bought mine back in April and have almost 1000 miles on it so far. Did the break in service at the dealer. The bike is amazing and has capabilities far beyond my own (hopefully some track days are in my near future so I can get learned lol).

I agree with pretty much everything that's been said so far, so I won't list everything:
  • Feels like it's on rails and loves to lean over in the corners
  • Smooth engine with torque everywhere
  • Breaks are almost TOO good
  • Seat could be better
  • Orange wheels show EVERYTHING
The one dislike I have that I haven't seen mentioned yet is surgy fueling at constant low speed, below ~45mph or ~4500rpm. In fact most people have said the fueling is pretty good, fixed from the 790. Even with cruse control on (to make sure it's not my shaky hands) I can feel it jerking a bit, though it's not enough to make the tach or the speedo jump around. Has anyone else experienced this on their 890?

Granted this is my first KTM (hence the username), coming from Hondas and Suzukis. Is this just a KTM thing? The fueling is great under any kind of acceleration or spirited riding, but it's a little annoying because I do do some commuting through town on the bike.
 

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I am really digging my 890 and first KTM -

Likes -
  • I knew within a mile on the test ride that it was the one for me - easygoing nature and accommodating of bigger riders - I am 6'3", 240 lbs.
  • Sublime handling - my most recent benchmark is a 2015 Speed Triple R which felt top heavy at low speed and favored stability over dynamism. I agree with the comments about steering damping, at full boogie, the bike shakes its head a little.
  • Power is right where I need it and is sufficient to be exciting but not so much that you can't use it most of the time. I like the character of the motor - nice lopey sound and vibration and feels eager. I have not detected any fueling issues at all - could some owners be reading low rpm lugging as poor fueling?
  • The instrument panel is crisp and clear and I like the backlit handlebar switches.
Dislikes
  • This is a subjective area but to me, the color palette is more ski boot than mean machine and the quantity of orange (particularly the rims) is a bit too shouty. Would like to see more obviously metallic touch points or surface hardware (acknowledging that could bring weight). With that said, a lot of observers really like the looks of the bike.
  • The quality of the decals with their thickness and hard edges seem like a budget choice. However with KTM's background in dirt bikes, this may just be their thing and for many owners this will sit just fine.
  • The stock exhaust is too quiet for me but I understand KTM's constraints with Euro 4 etc.
  • I wish the signals self-cancelled
  • The rear brake pedal (not lever) is too short for me
  • The gloss black rear cowl, as others have noted, is not really a coherent color choice or finish and looks a little downmarket with its injection molded plastic. I love the shape of it, though, and intend to paint mine.
 

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Dislikes so far:

Right foot peg kicks my heel out when riding on the balls of my feet. I will likely order the adjustable foot pegs soon.
Bike is too quiet even for me (I prefer quiet bikes) I will likely order an exhaust at some point but trying not to dump too much money at once
desperately needs a tail tidy and I hate every option out there! Same goes for a functional windscreen.
Shifter feels very clunky, quickshifter doesnt always work on downshifts. Hoping this improves with break-in
This is my first fly-by-wire throttle bike and I dont like the slight lag time between throttle input and bike response

Favorites so far:

so much more comfortable and street-able than my K6 GSXR-1000!!! I rode this for 2 hours without ever getting off and was perfectly comfortable the whole time
Extremely light and nimble handling. My GSXR was like riding a wood beam
more than adequate power, even while keeping under 6500 RPM during break-in
 

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My only dislike about my 890 so far is the orange wheels. They get really dirty during each ride. I wish they were black instead of orange.
Surprisingly, the white wheel graphics add enough 'noise' to the otherwise-bright wheels that they're much less noticeably dirty, even after a few rides.



 

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Not to pick on this thing too much but has anyone noticed how much street mode SUCKS?! lol! I rode home from my inlaw's home in street mode and felt like the thing couldnt get out of its own way! Granted, Im still under 600 miles so trying to keep it under 6500 rpm, but still, this thing had no response and I didnt feel safe. I put it back in sport mode and felt much better.
 

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Are you sure you aren't confusing street with rain? ;-) Both sport and street make the same HP and peak acceleration is the same. From all I can tell, it dulls the throttle response a bit, or conversely, maybe the sport mode makes it very sensitive. I have found that even in rain mode, the bike is still pretty darn quick.

I like quick, but linear, response. So far none of the modes really have what I am looking for. The sport mode seems quicker as I'd like but not linear enough. It almost seems like it accentuates your throttle inputs. Street seems more linear but slower. in rain mode I get rid of most the lean surging, or notice is less, until the bike warms up.
 

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Agreed on questioning if it's rain mode. I actually prefer street for all my street riding except tigh twisties, then I bump it to sport. At the track I put it in track mode with minimal assistance.

It's unfortunate that the manual doesn't show a throttle response graph like the manual for my 701 sumo did (which of course I can't find right now). But this was a map of throttle response for the 1290, which I doubt is much different than the 890.



So there shouldn't be a huge difference between street and sport. If there is enough difference for it to feel unsafe, take it in... there's probably something wrong.

A good article on the characteristics of the 790's response in various modes. Riding Modes explained – 790 Adventure FAQ
 

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I think the break-in 6500 rpm limit may have something to do with what i was feeling. im going to withhold judgement until it gets through 620 miles and first service
 

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I think you ought to take it in. The bike doesn't limit your power during break-in period, only certain functions like the QS, track mode, etc. Unless you're coming from a Hayabusa there's no mode/setting on the 890 that should feel anything like you're describing. Are you looking at the ABS mode instead of the fuel mode? You could be in street mode for ABS and rain mode for Throttle.

I tossed this together based on what I could find for the 890... it's not accurate but it's as close as I could piece together (the data is not smoothed, either) The rain mode's max-power decrease is far lower than on the 1290. The first half of the throttle input would feel like the bike has been neutered but max throttle is still enough to unleash ~85% of the bike's potential.

 
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