How Much Power Does the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R Make?

Measuring max power output from KTM’s latest iteration of the LC8c engine on the Cycle World dyno.

KTM has developed the reputation for making some of the most hard-hitting, off-road-capable adventure bikes on the market. The “Ready to Race” company slogan is apparent in every model the company makes, but for 2023, the Austrian manufacturer went a step further with the 890 Adventure R. Heavily influenced by its Dakar-winning 450 rally bike, the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R received a slew of updates to further progress its off-road capabilities including reworked WP Xplor suspension, updated lean-sensitive ABS and MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control), redesigned bodywork, and a revised TFT display.

The 889cc parallel-twin powerplant remains the same for 2023. Its liquid-cooled DOHC design utilizes 46mm throttle bodies, a six-speed transmission with an optional up-and-down quickshifter, and a PASC (Power Assisted Slipper Clutch) with cable actuation. Before hitting our in-house dyno, the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R measured 477 pounds on our automotive scales. On our Dynojet 250i dynamometer, the 890 Adventure R produced 93.3 hp at 8,500 rpm and 64.4 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,700 rpm. For reference, the 2023 Ducati DesertX, weighing 518 pounds on our automotive scales, recorded 93.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 57.1 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,200 rpm.

2023 KTM 890 Adventure R Dyno Chart.Robert Martin

The 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R is, pound for pound, one of the highest performing adventure bikes available. Its relatively light curb weight, powerful engine, and capable chassis confirms the 890 Adventure R is designed for the hardcore adventure rider. The quick-revving 889cc parallel twin delivers linear power and a relatively flat torque curve, great for all riding conditions. And because this middleweight ADV has a large range of adjustability through the available ride modes, the 890 R can be turned up or tamed down for just about any riding conditions.