KTM is bringing back the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT. It’s a mix of supermoto playfulness and sport-tourer practicality, marking the return of this line to the U.S. after over a decade. Powering the 2024 KTM 890 SMT is an 889cc LC8c parallel-twin engine with DOHC and dual balancer shafts, similar to the one in the KTM 890 Adventure R but with a 20% increase in rotating mass compared to the KTM 790 platform.
KTM positions this bike as a purposeful model bridging the gap between its adventure and street product ranges. The engine includes features like 46 mm dual Dell’Orto throttle bodies, throttle-by-wire, a 6-speed gearbox, and a PASC slip/assist clutch.
Riders can choose from three standard ride modes—Sport, Street, and Rain—with an optional Track setting available. The Track setting allows riders to customize throttle modes and traction control across 10 levels. The bike also incorporates cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), and there’s a Demo Mode for trying out electronic rider aids for the first 1,500 km.
In terms of design, the 4.2-gallon tank is slimmed down for the KTM 890 SMT, designed to provide a wide contact patch while allowing free and flowing movement. The bike features a single-piece Supermoto-shaped seat at 33.8 inches, and riders can choose from six handlebar positions within a 1.2-inch range. The aerodynamic windscreen sits just above the double fender with a low splash guard on the fork legs.
The front suspension consists of a 43mm inverted WP Apex open-cartridge fork, and both front and rear suspension are fully adjustable with 7.1 inches of travel. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels equipped with Michelin PowerGP tires. Braking features a 4-piston caliper on the 320mm front disc and a 2-piston caliper on the 260mm rear disc. Standard cornering ABS with Supermoto mode ensures efficient braking.
The bike comes with a 5-inch multifunctional TFT display made from scratch- and glare-resistant optically bonded mineral glass. It includes a USB connector, redesigned intuitive graphics, and Turn-by-Turn+ navigation with the KTMConnect app.
Optional features include heated grips, Motor Slip Regulation for enhanced control in low grip situations and fast downshifts, Quickshifter+, and cruise control. The 2024 KTM 890 SMT is expected to hit the market in December, with pricing yet to be announced.