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KTM Duke 800 spied; gets twin-cylinder engine

KTM Duke 800 twin cylinder bike spied

The new sportsbike is likely to be ready for the market in 2017.

The KTM Duke 800, a new member of the immensely popular naked bike series, has been spotted testing somewhere in Europe. To be positioned above the Duke 690, the 800 is the smallest KTM to adopt a twin-cylinder engine.

KTM boss Stefan Pierer had earlier announced that the company is developing two twin-cylinder engines displacing 500 cc and 800 cc. According to Visor Down’s sources, this particular model is the Duke 800.

2016 KTM Duke 690 R side

The twin-cylinder Duke will be positioned above the Duke 690 pictured here.

The motorcycle features 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.

Kawasaki Z800 Special Edition at 2016 Bangkok Motor Show

The Duke 800 will undercut the likes of Kawasaki Z800 significantly.

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The KTM Duke 800 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.

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – Photos

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  • Net Troll

    Drooling… drooling… drooling… just to face the slap of reality that KTM would probably not launch this in Indian market. Too many wannabe racers on road may crash and get selected for Darwin awards. Either ways if this gets manufactured in India then nothing can beat it for now.

    • Puneeth

      Couldn’t agree more!

    • Vinny

      Well, even these wannabe racers turn to cruisers with RE bikes then that too will contribute to the Darwin awards.

      • Net Troll

        Haha! RE rider’s don’t even need to race for Darwin awards, their so called “SWAG” of riding without helmets and a decel pop “PATAKHA” is enough to crash them headon at speeds of 40 and get sufficient brain damage that’s more than the mental damage they have already incurred for riding that junker.