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27 Apr 2023
Discover the exhilarating fusion of supermoto and touring in the newly launched 2023 KTM 890 SMT, featuring advanced electronics, enhanced ergonomics, and impressive performance for the ultimate riding experience.
After a decent period of anticipation, KTM has finally launched the new KTM 890 SMT, bringing together once again supermoto and touring.
This is not the first KTM SMT model; there was a 990 version back in the early-2010s, but at the same time this does not necessarily feel like a revival, perhaps because of the relatively limited reach of the previous ‘Supermoto Touring’.
The new motorcycle has a slightly smaller motor than the previous one. The 2023 KTM 890 SMT utilises the same LC8c 889cc parallel-twin engine as that found in the KTM 890 Duke and KTM 890 Adventure, for example.
In SMT form, the LC8c produces its peak power of 105 horsepower at 8,000rpm, while 100Nm of torque are available at 6,500rpm. How long does this performance last? Well, a 15.8-litre main fuel tank is complemented by a 3-litre reserve tank, and with fuel consumption quoted by KTM at 4.6 litres per 100km, the total 18.8 litres will be drained in 343.5km, or 213.4 miles. Certainly enough to satisfy the ‘touring’ element of the bike’s name.
As for the ‘supermoto’ piece, that is fulfilled by 17-inch wheels front and rear; WP APEX suspension front (compression- and rebound-adjustable) and rear (preload- and rebound-adjustable) providing 180mm of wheel travel; dual 320mm brake discs at the front, and 260mm discs at the back; an Akrapovic stainless steel silencer; and Michelin PowerGP tyres.
Ergonomically speaking, KTM has fitted the 890 SMT with adjustable handlebars that can be adjusted within a 30mm range.
Holding the whole thing together is of course a steel trellis frame, made, specifically, from Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel. The frame is also powder-coated, and utilises the engine as a stressed element.
The 2023 KTM 890 SMT will be available from mid-May 2023, at the price of £12,499. Find your nearest KTM dealer on the KTM website.
Images in this article show AMA Superbike and AMA Flat Track rider Chris Fillmore riding the 2023 KTM 890 SMT on a hillclimb event in Sardinia.
2023 KTM 890 SMT Tech Specs
|KTM 890 SMT|
|Engine type||2 cylinders, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin|
|Power||77 kW (105 hp) @ 8,000 rpm|
|Torque||100 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel system||DKK Dell’Orto (46mm throttle body)|
|Lubrication||Pressure lubrication with two oil pumps|
|Engine oil||Motorex Power Synth SAE 10W-50|
|Cooling||Liquid cooled with water/ oil heat exchanger|
|Clutch||Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch|
|Engine Management/Ignition||Bosch EMS with RBW|
|Traction control||MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Track mode optional)|
|Frame||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated|
|Subframe||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated|
|Handlebar||Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm|
|Front suspension||WP APEX 43|
|Rear suspension||WP APEX monoshock|
|Suspension travel front/rear||180mm/180mm|
|Front brake||2 × radially mounted 4 piston caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm|
|Rear brake||2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm|
|ABS||Bosch 9.3 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Supermoto ABS)|
|Wheels front/rear||Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 × 17″; 5.50 × 17″|
|Tyres front/rear||120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17|
|Silencer||Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer|
|Steering head angle||64.21 degrees|
|Wheelbase||1,502mm +/- 15mm|
|Tank capacity||Approx. 15.8 litres /3 litres reserve|
|Weight (wet)||Approx. 194kg|