KTM 890 Adventure (2021+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the KTM 890 Adventure, the street-oriented sibling to the KTM 890 Adventure R.

It’s also a little sibling to the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, the street touring of the bigger range.

Like its predecessor (the 790 Adventure), the 890 Adventure is a “middleweight” adventure sport-touring motorcycle based on a parallel twin engine.

The 890 Adventure’s engine is an 889 cc DOHC liquid-cooled 8V motor that makes peak torque of 100 Nm (74 ft-lb) at 6500 rpm and peak power of 78 kW (105 hp) at 8000 rpm, both more than the predecessor.

There’s a host of other improvements to the KTM 890 Adventure, including to the drivetrain and to the rider electronics — see below for details.

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What you need to service your KTM 890 Adventure

Apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here are a few spares, fluids, and consumables that will help you service your KTM adventure bike.

PartKTM 890 Adventure spec
Engine oilThe manual specifies Motorex Power Synthetic 4T 10W/50, or another SAE 10W-50 fully synthetic engine oil that meets JASO T903 MA2 spec, e.g. Motul 7100 10W-50.
Oil filterUse part number 61338015200 or K&N part KN-650, a popular equivalent. (This oil filter is used in most KTM adventure bikes.)
Fork oilThe manual recommends SAE 4 fork oil, e.g. Motorex 4W fork oil.
Brake fluidThe manual requires DOT 4 or DOT 5.1, recommending Castrol DOT 4 or Motorex DOT 5.1 brake fluid.
CoolantKTM recommends Motorex Coolant M3.0 or other “high-grade, silicate-free coolant with corrosion inhibitors”.
Spark plugUse an NGK LMAR9AI-10 to change spark plugs.
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste, a conveniently small and highly regarded chain lubricant.
KTM 890 Adventure service items

Maintenance Schedule for the KTM 890 Adventure

Below is the maintenance schedule for the KTM 890 Adventure, adapted from the manual.


  • Maintenance schedule intervals for the 890 Adventure are 15000 km (9300 mi), with a major service (valve service & new plugs) every two intervals.
  • After the end of the service schedule, keep repeating it in this pattern.
  • The maintenance schedule in the manual is broken up into two sections — required maintenance and recommended maintenance (but you should do both).

Required maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
[Dealer] Read out the fault memory using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Program the shift shaft sensor.Year
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.Year
Change the engine oil and the oil filter, clean the oil screens.Year
Check the front brake linings.Year
Check the rear brake linings.Year
Check the brake discs.Year
Check the brake lines for damage and leakageYear
Check the front brake fluid level.Year
Check the rear brake fluid level.Year
Check/correct the fluid level of the hydraulic clutch.Year
Change the front brake fluid.2 years
Change the rear brake fluid.2 years
Change the hydraulic clutch fluid.2 years
Check the free travel of the clutch leverYear
Check the free travel of the foot brake leverYear
Check the coolant fill level and antifreezeYear
Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Perform service as needed and depending on how the vehicle is used.Year
Clean the dust boots of the fork legs
Check the steering head bearing for play.Year
Check the tire conditionYear
Check tire pressureYear
Retighten the spokes
Check the spoke tensionYear
Check the rim run-outYear
Check the chain, rear sprocket, and engine sprocket.Year
Check the chain tensionYear
Change the spark plugs
Check the valve clearance
Check the cables for damage and routing without kinksYear
Change the air filter, clean the air filter box.
Check the fuel pressure.Year
Check the headlight setting
Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly.Year
Final check: Check the vehicle is roadworthy and take a test ride.Year
[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Set the service interval display.Year
[Dealer] Make a service entry in KTMDealer.netYear
KTM 890 Adventure Maintenance Schedule (required)

Recommended maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
Check the frame
Check the link fork
Check/clean the oil nozzle for clutch lubrication
Check the fork bearing for play
Check the wheel bearing for play
Empty the drainage hosesYear
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage etc.) and sleeves for cracking, leaks, and incorrect routingYear
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain) and check for smooth operationYear
Check the tightness of the safety-relevant screws and nuts which are easily accessible.Year
Change the coolant4 years
KTM 890 Adventure Maintenance Schedule (Recommended)

Wheels and Tyres for the KTM 890 Adventure

The manual recommends the following tyre sizes and pressures.

Adjust the pressures according to your own preferences, setup, ride style and conditions.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front90/90 – 21 M/C 54V M+S TL35 psi (2.4 bar)
Back150/70 R 18 M/C 70V M+S TL42 psi (2.9 bar)
KTM 890 Adventure recommended tyre sizes and pressures

The tyres that ship with the 890 Adventure are Avon TrailRiders, which are less aggressive than the TKC 80 tyres on the 890 Adventure R. You can no-doubt fit more aggressive tyres to your 890 Adventure though.

About the KTM 890 Adventure

The KTM 890 Adventure was announced late in 2020 for the 2021 model year.

It was a rather unexpectedly quick update to the 790 Adventure model line which seemed as if it would be a KTM mainstay for a while. Needless to say, many buyers of the 790 adventure were a little disappointed that their bikes were already out of date.

But the 890 Adventure was a clear upgrade. It has more power, more refined riding gear, and passes Euro 5 emissions restrictions — so it had to happen.

The 890 Adventure (and other motorcycles in the 890 range) is based on an 889cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin.

In the 890 Adventure, this engine is tuned to make 71 kW (105 hp) at 8000 rpm and peak torque of 100 Nm (74 ft-lb) at 6500 rpm — perfect “middleweight bike” territory, competitive with others in the sub-litre class like the Ducati Multistrada 950.

The 890 Adventure R is the star of the series, so when looking at the regular 890 Adventure you may wonder what you’re missing out on.

So here’s how the 890 Adventure differs from the 890 Adventure R:

  • Tyres — The first thing many notice visually is the tyres. the Avon Trailrider tyres are much less aggressive than the Continental Twinduro TKC 80 tyres on the R and R Rally. The wheel sizes are the same though — 21 inches up front and 18 in the rear.
  • Lower spec suspension — the 890 Adventure gets WP Apex suspension, with slightly less suspension travel. You can adjust preload and rebound damping on the shock, but the front suspension is non-adjustable on the standard 890 Adventure. (The Adventure R gets fully adjustable WP Xplor suspension front and rear)
  • Shorter wheelbase, lower height — the shorter travel means that the 890 Adventure is shorter and lower. This will make it easier to handle, giving it an advantage in some situations and for some riders.
  • Taller windscreen — the 890 Adventure is more geared for long-distance travel, and so benefits from more wind protection.

Apart from that, the KTM 890 Adventure gets the same engine at its base, tuned for the same power, and has the same rider aids as standard and options.

Manual for the KTM 890 Adventure

The above maintenance schedule comes from the user’s manual for the KTM 890 Adventure from 2020.

The schedule is similar to that on the Adventure R, but the manuals are different.

You can get the user manual directly from KTM’s website.

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