The KTM 790 Duke India will be launched in India on September 23rd.
On the styling front, the 790 Duke sports the same aggressive design language that’s seen on the Duke series. Its standout features include a side-mounted upswept exhaust and a slightly stretched out wheelbase compared to its cousins. In terms of features, the 790 Duke gets a full-digital TFT instrument console, stability control with cornering ABS, a supermoto mode and ‘Motor Slip Regulation’ (MTC) which is essentially an engine brake control that works to balance off high revs while aggressively downshifting. Additionally, the 790 Duke features traction control system with lean angle sensitivity and ride-by-wire over and above four rider modes: Sport, Street, Rain and Track — which opens up a plethora of other rider aids like anti-wheelie control, launch control, traction control with a spin adjuster and throttle response.
Powering the motorcycle is a newly developed LC8 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor pumping out 105PS at 9500rpm and 86Nm of peak torque at 8000rpm. The DOHC motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. The 790 Duke carries forward KTM’s tradition of offering many segment-first features at a great price and this should help it stand out from its competition.
The 790 Duke employs a steel trellis frame which uses the engine as a stressed member to keep the weight down to 169kg (dry). Suspension duties are handled by 43mm upside-down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear with 12-stage preload adjustability, both from WP. Anchoring the 790 Duke are twin 300mm front and a single 240mm rear disc brake. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard.