We have already had a look at the off-road-ready 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R. Now it’s time to take the R away, and check out the numerous update to the standard 890 Adventure, which is more street-friendly. Don’t worry; it’s still an off-road capable ADV motorcycle.
The 2023 KTM 890 Adventure gets new WP Apex suspension. The Apex units are almost completely adjustable—the shock’s compression damping is fixed, as is the fork spring-preload. Travel at both ends is a hair under eight inches, which should be sufficient for all but the hardest-core off-road adventurists.
Off-road riders will appreciate the new aluminum skid plate. It does triple duty, protecting the lower reaches of the 5.3-gallon fuel tank, as well as the exhaust and engine cases.
New Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires split the difference between dirt and pavement. The wire-spoked wheelset is a dirt-ready 21-/18-inch combo.
The Bosch 9.3 MP ABS is new. When you select the Offroad ride mode, Offroad ABS (front wheel only) is engaged. Otherwise, both wheels get ABS assistance.
There’s a new fairing and front fender, plus wider tank and side panels. This means better protection from the elements and easier control over the motorcycle.
The seat gets softer foam. The long days in the saddle won’t seem so long.
A Demo Mode lets you try out the optional electronic riders aids for 932 miles on the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure for committing to buying them. Street, Rain, and Offroad modes are standard. The Rally mode (which we liked so much in the dirt on the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R) with adjustable traction control and compression braking is certainly worth a try, as is the quickshifter. Additional options include cruise control, heating for the seat and grips, an Akrapovič muffler, and panniers.
While checking out the extra goodies, you’ll notice the new five-inch TFT display. The new dash features a new graphic interface and a USB charging port. Download the KTMconnect app, and it will also provide sophisticated turn-by-turn navigation. If you like to monitor phone calls, the software has enhanced that experience.
The 2023 KTM 890 Adventure hits dealers’ showroom floors this month. You’ll have a choice between orange with black and white accents, and black with orange and gray accents. Check with your dealer regarding pricing.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast — Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Associate Editors Kelly Callan and Teejay Adams discuss the new Kawasaki KLX 230 … but with a slightly different twist. This dual-sport actually comes in 2 other flavors than just the standard, neat trail bike we’ve seen before. Kelly has ridden the KLX230SM (Supermoto version), while Teejay got her first taste of off-road riding on the KLX230S model—that’s the one with the shorter seat height. There’s not much to dislike on these bikes, but the ladies discovered there are some differences that might intrigue you.
In our second segment, Teejay chats with a good friend—Gary Pattee. This multi-talented father of five, worked as a top-level orthopedic surgeon for around 30 years until he stepped away recently. But there’s waaaay more to him than “just” that. As if that wasn’t enough, Gary is an artist, a motorcycle aficionado who coaches at the Reg Pridmore Riding School, he’s a magician, and even a drummer.
Teejay’s chat with him covers a whole spectrum. It’s a fascinating insight into a truly accomplished man who has seemingly endless drive to excel at everything he turns his hand to. He’s one of the good guys who manages to be modest and fun to be around too. Impressive stuff.
So from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling and Motos & Friends, we hope you enjoy this episode.