The mixture of the extensive bars, tall suspension, and spacious using place of an adventure bike with the grip and dealing with provided by asphalt-focused suspension and tires has at all times been an interesting one. The most recent spy photos from KTM’s take a look at facility present that an 890 SMT is underneath improvement to fill exactly that area of interest.
Noticed on take a look at in Spain, a well-liked winter improvement vacation spot for European manufacturers due to year-round good climate, this 890 SMT is the newest in a string of prototypes spied during the last couple of years, as KTM edges fashions towards manufacturing. Since 2021, bikes have been seen in each “SMT” type (the letters originate from the 990 Supermoto Touring of 2009–2013) and as a extra pared-back “SMC” selection, missing the display and gaining a high-mounted, motocross-style entrance fender. The latter would rival bikes like Ducati’s Hypermotard, whereas the SMT model seen right here is extra akin to BMW’s F 900 XR in its attraction.
The thought of mixing streetbike suspension with an adventure-bike stance isn’t a brand new one. Yamaha’s TDM arguably pioneered the thought within the ‘90s and Ducati’s original Multistrada firmed up the idea a decade later with suspension and wheels that appeared like they had been from a sportbike. The unique KTM 990 Supermoto Touring of 2009, was lauded for its means to mix the poise and enjoyable of a supermoto with the practicality of an journey bike, however it proved comparatively short-lived, disappearing from the vary after the 2013 mannequin.
It’s instantly clear from these pictures that the brand new 890 SMT has reached well-developed prototype stage. There’s little right here that’s lashed collectively or jerry-rigged for take a look at functions, suggesting a motorcycle that might attain showrooms comparatively quickly. KTM has at all times been a grasp of making extra fashions from off-the-shelf elements and the 890 SMT is a transparent instance of that. The body, engine, exhaust, and a lot of the bodywork are straight from the latest-generation 890 Adventure—simply up to date for 2023 with new styling. Nonetheless, the street-focussed WP suspension, the entrance brakes, and the cast-alloy, 17-inch wheels are extra just like the elements discovered on the 890 Duke.
The principle new component that’s distinctive to the 890 SMT is the gas tank. Whereas the 890 Journey lends most of its elements to the brand new mannequin, the SMT doesn’t inherit that bike’s low-slung, side-mounted twin gas tanks. As an alternative, the tank is mounted in a standard spot above the engine just like the 890 Duke, however it’s a brand new design, made to go well with the 890 Journey bodywork and aspect panels used on the SMT. On the rear, the tail and subframe are straight from the 890 Journey, as is the seat. Whereas on the entrance the windscreen is the shorter model from the 890 Adventure R. The mirrors are borrowed from the 890 Duke.
The shared parts imply it’s simple to take an informed guess at energy and weight. In Journey type, the 889cc LC8c parallel twin is sweet for a claimed 103 hp. There’s scope for extra, because the Duke manages 114 hp and the Duke R is alleged to supply 119 hp, however the SMT makes use of the identical exhaust because the 890 Journey, suggesting it’s going to have that mannequin’s state of tune. The 890 Journey’s 473-pound moist weight can be indication of the SMT’s mass. The numbers put the SMT at a slight benefit over its nearest competitor, BMW’s F900 XR, which has 99 hp from its 895cc twin and weighs 482 kilos absolutely fuelled.
Though the SMT seems near manufacturing type, it will not be destined for a really lengthy life on this spec, because it makes use of the prevailing “890″ model of the LC8c engine. We’ve already seen KTM testing its next-generation LC8c in a wide range of prototypes, believed to be a “990″ model with a capability nearer to 1000cc. The redesigned parallel-twin additionally appeared in design registrations earlier this 12 months. As soon as rolling off manufacturing strains, the next-gen engine is prone to steadily supersede the older model throughout KTM’s mannequin vary.