The most powerful KTM machine, 790 Duke is finally here. KTM India launched the all new motorcycle in India yesterday at a price of Rs.8.64 lakh, after much hype. This middleweight naked sport bike comes with a 799cc LC8c parallel twin engine that makes 103 hp (77kW) and 87Nm of torque, mated to a 6 speed gearbox. To ensure smooth power delivery, KTM have deployed balancer shafts in front of the crankshaft and in the cylinder head.
The new flagship motorcycle from KTM has been launched with just 100 CKD (Completely Knocked Down) units in the retail market and will feature the BS-IV engine. New KTM 790 Duke is built on an exceptionally light-weight Trellis frame with a single piece aluminium subframe that helps keep the dry weight of this model at 169kg.
LED headlight and LED daytime running lights, aggressively styled fuel tank, LED tail light, TFT LCD screen are all offered on the much awaited naked motorcycle from KTM. It gets 43mm, non adjustable USD (Upside Down) front fork and high quality gas assisted preload adjustable rear monoshock for smooth suspension. The seat height is 825mm and the fuel tank capacity is 14 litres.
The TFT dashboard displays all the necessary information. The screen adapts to the ambient light automatically by varying the illumination. The information is presented in a tidy way so that it’s easy to grasp.
The Track Mode unleashes the machine to its potential with increased throttle response and variable slip adjustment. Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) monitors the engine output and adjusts the output based on the riding mode selected. MTC can be turned off for those who crave for the untamed power. KTM’s indigenous Quickshifter+ matches the engine speed during the gear shifts for faster shifting.
The Scalpel, as the bike is nicknamed internationally, will compete with the likes of Triumph Street Triple RS, Yamaha MT-09, Suzuki GSX S750, Ducati Monster 821, and Kawasaki Z900.