An electric prototype based on previous generation of KTM Duke 390 has been spotted, suggesting that the Austrian two wheeler giant could be working on environmental friendly variants of its popular naked bike series to stay future ready.
While the spyshots provide ample evidence to point out that the powertrain is pure electric (battery pack, motor casing and battery cooling system are clearly visible), we can’t say with absolute certainty that the test mule pictured here officially belongs to KTM.
The utter disregard of safety gears (even the helmet strap doesn’t appear to be fastened) by the rider raises doubts. When was the last time you came across a KTM prototype being tested without proper riding gears? This electric Duke could be an aftermarket project undertaken without any affiliation with the OEM.
KTM declined to comment on a query posted by Motorcyclenews.com regarding this electric Duke prototype thereby keeping us guessing. However, given that the emission norms are getting ever stringent, more and more two wheeler makers have started thinking about pure electric models. A family of electric Dukes with varying power output would make for zippy environment-friendly urban commuters.
Meanwhile, KTM is busy developing a compact adventure tourer motorcycle based on its Duke 390 platform. We can expect the on-off roader to be ready towards the end of this year.