I do know a shmexy bike after I see her – and holy crabcakes, however KTM knocked it out of the park with this magnificence.
Met the 2023 890 SMT – the latest addition to KTM’s lineup, and reintroduction the model says holds “No compromises and no catches.” (through the current press launch)
The aesthetic begins with KTM’s bangin’ LC8C energy plant, that includes an 889cc parallel twin with 100 Nm of Torque and 105 hp.
Chuck ‘er right into a street-focused, CroMo metal chassis with adjustable suspension (WP APEX, bestowed with 180mm of journey for each entrance and rear), Michelin PowerGP tires, a slimmed 15.8 liter tank for higher ergonomics (and ease of situ), and a depraved aero-optimized smoked windshield driving above a double fender idea with a low splash guard, and also you’ve bought a helluva new journey for 2024 (we’re informed she received’t be on American markets for 2023…however hey. There’s all the time that poster bike we’ve bought on the wishlist, proper?).
So how does this machine maintain as much as the 790 platform, a step down in KTM’s orange ranks?
Brilliantly – a whopping 20% enhance in rotating mass over the KTM 790 platform offers “stability and reassurance by means of corners, the knock management and 46 mm twin Dell’Orto throttle our bodies guaranteeing optimum momentum.”
Gas consumption is nice, too, at 4.6 liters/100 km.
In fact, no Austrian bike can be full with out a candy set of journey modes and electronics. For the 890 SMT, KTM’s given us three normal journey modes with an elective 10-level TRACK setting becoming a member of the Motorbike Traction Management (MTC), Cornering ABS and Supermoto ABS.
She’s simply as secure as she is sensual, people; from the four-piston caliper brakes, 5” superior TFT dashboard, and elective QUICKSHIFTER+ and Cruise Management (“amongst different add-ons”), to the compulsory LEDs and the truth that you KNOW that Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen has gone out of their means in making a seamless powerhouse designed to take up a loving 75% of the storage on sheer vibe alone.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.