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ADV NewsKTM 890 Adventure Receives Range Of Updates For 2023

KTM 890 Adventure Receives Range Of Updates For 2023

The standard model gets updated bodywork, suspension, electronics & more!

Published on 11.30.2022

KTM has just unveiled an updated version of the 890 Adventure for 2023, joining the recently-revamped and more off-road focused R model that was launched last September. The host of changes are designed to improve the versatility of the standard model with upgrades seen throughout the bike including the suspension, seat, electronics, bodywork and more.

First up, the suspension has been reworked. The WP APEX 43 mm front forks now come with adjustment for rebound and compression, accessible from the top caps. The APEX shock, engineered and slotted into the bike to minimize height, has new optimized settings and features rebound damping and a hand adjuster for spring preload. Suspension travel remains 7.9 inches (200 mm) front and rear.

Another notable change for 2023 has been made to the front mask between the head of the bike and the fuel tank. A connected fairing section not only improves the look of the bike but also offers better protection from the elements, and it is now further reinforced to offer more security and more load-bearing capability for larger GPS devices. KTM has also given the new 890 Adventure wider panels on the tank and side panels to give the seat protection against unwanted bumps or scrapes.


Further rider comfort has been achieved with a new, higher windscreen that offers increased wind protection and is inspired by the components used on the KTM 450 Rally. KTM has also packed more comfort into the 2-part seat with a new soft foam structure and a slimmer front fender for improved aerodynamics and rain protection. 

2023 KTM 890 Adventure updates
2023 KTM 890 Adventure updated

The 2023 890 Adventure also features a new 9.3 mp ABS unit that feeds from the 6D sensor to enable full braking power in a range of scenarios. The improved ABS is synced with the ride modes, allowing Off-road ABS (maximizing braking control through disengagement on the rear wheel and lowered intervention on the front) to be activated automatically in Off-road or Rally mode. The 2023 standard model can be clicked into Street, Off-road, Rain and an optional Rally mode to adjust engine and traction control character. 

Also, just like the 890 Adventure R, the standard model comes equipped with a DEMO setting. The new mode gives the rider the chance to try the full gamut of optional Rider Aids for the first 932 miles (1,500 km) before deciding whether to purchase and keep them permanently.

2023 KTM 890 Adventure changes

The bike’s 5” TFT display has also been revised with new hardware (bonded mineral glass for extra scratch and glare resistance) plus the software system of menus and infographics that make alterations to the behavior of the 890 Adventure are now even simpler. The backlight changes intensity as it reacts to the environment and better synchronicity between the TFT and the KTMconnect App means seeing Turn-by-Turn+ navigation directions, listening to audio and taking calls has never been easier or more intuitive. A 2023 feature now enables riders to list their ‘top-10’ calls by the last ones made or favorites list and is another added convenience of the advanced setup. The Turn-by-Turn+ also allows the rider to add extra customization to their navigation details on the go and from the bike’s TFT menu without having to stop and fish around for their mobile device.

2023 KTM 890 Adventure updates

2023 KTM 890 ADVENTURE Highlights

  • Upgraded bodywork for more protective and comfortable riding.
  • Revised WP Suspension settings and adjusters for more response and adaptability.
  • New 5” multifunctional TFT display with USB connector, reworked intuitive graphics, revised ride modes and new Turn-by-Turn + navigation (app needed).
  • Higher screen and more versatile and comfortable 2-piece seat.
  • Updated ABS system with 9.3 MP modulator links Offroad ABS Mode to Offroad ride mode.
  • More off road oriented tires with PIRELLI SCORPION STRs.
  • New Demo Mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km.
  • New colors and graphics across two colorways.
  • New, larger aluminum engine guard mounted to the low-slung 5.3-gallon fuel tank.

The 2023 890 Adventure also comes with other, practical additions such as the new aluminum engine and tank protector. Other additions include a handlebar switch with hazard warning, LED indicators and more off-road oriented tires thanks to PIRELLI SCORPION STRs. In turn, KTM has just announced that the KTM 890 Adventure R model will now be fitted with new Mitas ENDURO TRAIL+ tires, selected to deliver offroad-focused performance and thoroughly tested by offroad legends Quinn Cody and Chris Birch.

2023 KTM 890 Adventure changes

The whole package is completed with two fresh color options and sportier graphics with plastics that are color injected and use in-mold decals where possible for extra resistance, as seen on the KTM offroad bikes. According to KTM, the new model is available to order now and will start shipping to dealers in December. No official pricing has been announced yet.

2023 KTM 890 Adventure Specs

Displacement:889 cc
Power:105 hp
Torque:74 ft-lb @ 6,500 rpm
Bore/Stroke:90.7 / 68.8 mm
Starter:Electric; 12V 10Ah
Transmission:6 Gears
Fuel System:DKK Dell’Orto, 46 mm Throttle Body
Lubrication:Pressure Lubrication with Two Oil Pumps
Cooling:Liquid Cooling with Water/Oil Heat Exchanger
Clutch:PASC (Power Assisted Slipper Clutch), Cable Operated
Ignition:Bosch EMS with Ride-By-Wire
Frame:CroMoly Tubular Steel, Engine as Stressed Member
Subframe:CroMoly Steel Trellis 
Handlebar:Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 26/22 mm
Front Suspension:WP APEX USD Ø 43 mm with compression and rebound damping adjustment
Rear Suspension:WP APEX Monoshock with rebound damping and preload adjustment
Suspension Travel Front/Rear:200/200 mm; 7.9/7.9 in
Front/Rear Brakes:Disc Brake 320 mm / 260 mm
Front/Rear Wheels:2.50 x 21”, 4.50 x 18” 
Front/Rear Tires:90/90-21”; 150/70-18”
Steering Head Angle:25.9º
Wheelbase:1,509 mm ± 15 mm / 59.4 ± 0.6 in
Ground Clearance:233 mm / 9.2 in
Seat Height:860 / 840 mm; 33.8 / 33 in
Tank Capacity:20 l / 5.3 gal
Weight without fuel:200 kg / 440.9 lbs

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs
November 30, 2022 10:49 am

Wow! Big improvements over the previous model, especially correcting the instability of the headlight assembly by reinforcing it. Hopefully this can be retrofitted for the previous years models? The display upgrades hopefully correct the blacking out issues from previous models? What I would like to see in ADV bikes is moving the rear muffler to where panniers on the muffler side do not stick out soooo far. It’s like pulling against a sail where touring on the road carrying camping gear. Robs power and gas mileage and puts strain on engine. Even more aerodynamic pannier design would help.

November 30, 2022 1:15 pm

As long as they continue to charge for the firmware add-ons, I’m out.

November 30, 2022 8:17 pm
Reply to  Randy

This is the new model of income stream generation. It is also being forefront in auto marketing. Prepare to pay monthly for the optional heated seats. What we used to consider “paid for, in full” upon signing the dealer invoice is now eyed as the monthly income stream generator. Heartbreaking to this old school guy.

December 1, 2022 12:30 pm
Reply to  Bob

That’s why I’ll probably get something old and used. Like me.

November 30, 2022 8:13 pm

Ummm, what is the “…full gamut of optional rider aids”?

December 5, 2022 10:17 am

Can you confirm 840mm low position seat height? Website says 860mm I assume in the high position but can’t see anywhere else they list the height.

Daniel Katz
Daniel Katz
December 7, 2022 5:33 pm

I like it! Nice improvements with adjustable seat height. 840 mm should be doable for a lad my height at 5’7″ or 171 cm. Headlight looks better. Stock tires are better. Center of gravity should be lower than a T7. It should be a hit as long as the price increase is reasonable.


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