The new KTM 790 Duke will be first bike from the Austrian bikemaker to feature a parallel-twin engine.
The Austrian bike manufacturer, KTM has finally revealed the all-new 790 Duke at the 2017 EICMA Show. Alongside, the company also showcased the concept of an adventure motorcycle based on the KTM Duke 790. Touted as ‘ultimate street weapon’, the 790 Duke is the first KTM motorcycle to feature a parallel-twin engine. In India, KTM’s new performance roadster will be positioned against the Triumph Street Triple S and the Kawasaki Z900. Read: New KTM Duke 390 – Price & Details
KTM has taken the wraps off the 790 Duke at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. The company had showcased the bike in its concept avatar along with other Duke bikes.
– First KTM with parallel-twin engine
– Cornering ABS
– Lean sensitive traction control
– Customisable track mode
– Supermoto riding mode
– Launch control
– Full-colour TFT dash
– WP steering damper
The all-new KTM 790 Duke will come to India as KTM’s flagship motorcycle. It will be brought here as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit, and then assembled at the company plant. Though the bikemaker hasn’t yet confirmed the launch date and details of the bike, it is expected to hit showrooms sometime in 2019. Prior to its launch, the bike might make its India debut at the Auto Expo that will be held in February next year. Read About – New KTM Duke 200
In the bikemaker’s Indian product lineup, the KTM 790 Duke will be positioned between the Duke 690 and the Duke 1200. In order to achieve competitive pricing, the company might develop the bike locally. If this happens, the 790 Duke is expected to be priced around Rs 6 lakh. As CBU, the model could be priced over Rs 8 lakh.
The production-spec KTM 790 Duke stays close to its concept that broke cover last year. Though, it doesn’t look as edgy and sporty as the prototype. The bike also shares some of its components with the bigger KTMs. The headlamp seems to be inspired by the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. The bike gets WP steering damper, ride-by-wire throttle, single-seat, multiple rider modes, multi-level traction control, an IMU, and phone connectivity. Instead of the 3D printed parts, the production model gets new exhaust system. Other key highlights include full-colour TFT dash, lean sensitive traction control, launch control, a quick shifter and an optional KTM My Ride system. The new KTM 790 Duke uses a steel frame that helped it save some weight. The bike carries a kerb weight of 169kg.
As mentioned above, the KTM 790 Duke is the first motorcycle from the Austrian bike maker to get a parallel twin-cylinder engine which is internally named LC8c. In the name, ‘c’ stands for compact. This new 799cc powertrain churns out 103.3bhp at 9,000rpm and 86Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. It bike offers multiple riding modes along with a customizable Track mode. KTM claims that the new 790 Duke will bring “unparalleld poise, telepathic levels of feedback and lightness that’s off the scale”. Aiming to reduce its vibrations, the company has employed two balancer shafts to the engine.
The bike comes fitted with WP’s 43mm, split-function USD forks and the gas charged monoshock rear suspension system. Braking duties on the KTM 790 Duke are carried out by twin, 300mm discs with four-piston, radially mounted callipers and a 240mm single-disc rear with a two-pot calliper front and rear brakes respectively. The bike gets Bosch’s ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard feature. It also comes with cornering ABS.