Despite scrapping its 490cc platform and working on an all-new 990cc and 690cc engine, KTM still has some plans for its 890 range.
- KTM 890 SMT shares the same 889cc LC8c engine as the 890 Adventure.
- The 890 SMT is fitted with a taller windscreen and redesigned fuel tank.
That said, the Austrian manufacturer was recently spotted testing the new KTM 890 SMT, as reported by Cycle World.
However, since the 990 platform is considered a replacement for the current 889cc engine, we expect the 890 SMT to have a relatively short lifespan before evolving to a 990 SMT.
Nevertheless, while the upcoming KTM 890 SMT borrows much of its features from the 890 Adventure, the sport tourer version gains a taller windscreen and a higher front mudguard.
Also, the fuel tank on the 890 SMT is now singular and mounted above the engine, unlike the dual, side-mounted tanks featured on the 890 Adventure. The new tank design is likely a better fit for the SMT.
Nonetheless, the exhaust pipes are still the same as the ones found on the 890 Adventure, indicating that the 890 SMT gets the same 889cc LC8c engine tune.
We also expect that the 890 SMT and 890 Adventure shares similar weight.
While KTM is yet to announce plans for the 890 SMT, the bike is clearly in a production-ready stage and could make its way soon.
(source: Cycle World)