KTM 890 Duke GP Revealed But Don’t Get Too Excited

’GP’ name seems to refer simply to MotoGP-inspired paint job

Following the release of the 2022 KTM 890 Duke R a couple of weeks ago, comes news of the 890 Duke GP. However, like the Duke R, it seems the only updates are to the paint job

2022 KTM 890 Duke GP Revealed

KTM 890 Duke GP Revealed But Don't Get Too Excited
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2022 KTM 890 Duke GP
Second ’new’ 890 Duke model for 2022, following on from 890 Duke R. Updates all cosmetic, however

If the reveal of the 2022 KTM 890 Duke R was a little disappointing in that all that had changed was adding a splash of blue to the colour scheme, then be prepared to be slightly underwhelmed by the reveal of the 890 Duke GP.

Adding ’GP’ to a bike’s name has huge potential, especially given KTM’s involvement in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP: images of racing-developed technology flashed before our eyes but KTM seems content to give us the bare minimum to go with the name.

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As Sharp as Ever
New predominantly orange and black colour scheme is feature of the ’GP’ model.

As with the ’R’, the GP makes do with a MotoGP-inspired livery, comprising orange and black, with KTM’s ’Ready to Race’ motto and the logos for partners Motorex, Pankl and WP placed around the now-predominantly orange panels covering the subframe.

There’s an orange pillion-seat cover and orange powder-coated wheels, along with orange highlights on the front fender and headlight mounting.

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Super Scalpel
Bike retains all its dynamic qualities that have made the 890 Duke range such a success.

If you were hoping for mechanical upgrades, you’ll be disappointed. Not that the 890 Duke as it stood was disappointing - it wasn’t called the Super Scalpel for nothing (meaning it carved new lines through the turns) - but this mid-life refresh does seem a bit lazy.

So, the 890 Duke GP gets adjustable WP Apex suspension, a PASC slip/assist clutch, Continental ContiRoad tires, and a state-of-the-art electronics package that includes cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control, and selectable ride modes (Sport, Street, and Rain). An optional Track mode adds sharper throttle response along with on-the-fly TC adjustability over nine levels.

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MotoGP Partners
Three logos of KTM’s technical partners, WP, Motorex and Pankl feature in the new colour scheme

The engine is an 889cc parallel twin, with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. KTM claims 114bhp and 67 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm.

So, the 890 Duke remains sharp for 2022, but could it have been sharper? No prices have been announced as yet. More information on the official KTM website here

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WP Apex Suspension
Top shelf suspension helps the engine deliver its 114bhp to the road effectively
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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