New KTM Duke 790 spied on test in production ready guise
The new KTM sportsbike will be ready for launch later this year. India launch could take place in 2018.
New KTM Duke 790, a new member of the immensely popular naked bike series, made its global debut as a prototype at the EICMA show last year. To be positioned above the Duke 690, the 800 is the smallest KTM to adopt a twin-cylinder engine.
Production ready version of the new Duke 790 is to make global debut at the 2017 EICMA Show. Ahead of that, the first spy shots of the Duke 790 in pre-production guise have been revealed by folks at Morebikes.
Tamed down version of the concept, the production ready variant of Duke 790 wears similar headlight design as seen on new Duke 390, the exhaust canister is new so as to meet stringent emission norms, seats are revised and look larger (especially for pillion).
Speaking about the concept, it featured razor sharp design elements, tusk like tank extensions, a familiar headlamp (probably a makeshift element), alloy swing arm, simple tailpiece with split seats, small visor, and an upward swooping single exhaust canister. The motorcycle is expected to be underpinned by a steel trellis chassis like its siblings.
The suspension system comprises inverted telescopic front fork and rear monoshock (both are likely to be sourced from WP). The bike employs twin discs at the front and a single disc at the rear. ABS would be on offer.
At the show, KTM only gave hints of what this cracker of a bike can do. Now, they have gone all out and revealed a fantastic TVC which probably is claiming that the Duke 790 is the new king in the segment. Nicknamed ‘Scalpel’, KTM has revealed that their new Duke 790 will be the most powerful 800 cc motorcycle when launched. Watch for yourself and decide.
The KTM Duke 790 will be positioned to undercut the likes of Kawasaki Z800 while offering comparable performance. The motorcycle, as hinted by the brand’s CEO, would be made in India alongside the Duke 125, 200, 250, and 390. This would make it the most affordable mid-weight sportsbike in India.