KTM recently revealed its middleweight motorcycle 790 Duke A.k.a Scalpel in India at a starting cost of INR 8.64 lakh, while the on-road price may approximately touch the 10 lakh mark. As of now, the company plans to sell the Duke 790 in only 9 Indian cities- Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Bengaluru and Chennai. The company plans to make this bike available in other cities as well in the next phase of launches expected around April 2020.
KTM 790 Duke becomes the first high supported and powered, high-performance bike by the manufacturer in the country. It will be imported to India with the help of CKD (completely Knocked down unit) route. Initially, the company plans to import just around 100 units.
The Duke 790 features the typical KTM design that is quite vivid on the headlamp and sharp styling. The motorcycle weighs a tad less than the outgoing ones as it is built on the trellis Chromium-Molybdenum Steel frame with single-piece aluminium rear subframe to keep the weight at the least minimum. In addition, the diecast open-lattice swingarm contributes to bringing down any extra pounds that may have added to the motorcycle otherwise. The dry weight of this model hence stands at 174kg, one of the most lightweight from its league.
The fuel tank appears sculpted with sharp lines at the front while the raised steel exhaust adds to the sleek looks at the rear. Side panels make it look more street-friendly with minimal and sleek styling. The bike is provided with a 760mm tempered aluminium handlebar with four adjustable positions to ensure a perfect riding position.
The KTM 790 Duke is equipped with a 790cc, liquid-cooled, eight valved, parallel-twin BS4 engine that churns out 100 BHP of peak power at 9000rpm and can generate a peak torque of 87NM at 8000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission unit. The 790 Duke reports a mileage of around 21 KMPL. The safety on this motorcycle is taken care of by Bosch 9MP two-channel ABS. The bike comes with the quick bi-directional shifter which enables convenient clutchless gear shifts, and it also gets PASC anti-hopping clutch.
The naked motorcycle features four riding modes- Street, Sport, Track, and Rain. It comes with noteworthy features such as Quick Shifter with Motor Slip Regulation for the effortless gear shifts, Corning ABS, Launch Control, Traction Control, Stability Control, and Adjustable throttle response.
KTM 790 Duke features 43mm upside-down fork suspension at the front with 140mm travel and WP mono-shock at the rear with 150mm travel. The braking is taken care of by J.Juan twin 300mm discs brakes with four-piston callipers at the front and 240mm single disc with a two-piston calliper at the rear.
The lighting is taken care of by the LED headlight, which illuminates the road just perfectly. It also features rear LED taillight which is mounted on the license plate holder.
Duke 790 sports a TFT multi-information display unit which displays various vehicle-related information to the rider. If the engine is revved at the time when the engine is cold, the display bars change colours to warn the rider about the engine temperature conditions. The display can also be automatically adapted to its illuminations to the ambient light and gets racy when Track mode is selected.
The Duke 790 is 2128 mm in length and gets a wheelbase of 1475 mm. It comes with the riding height of the 825mm and ground clearance of around 186 mm. It may come up with the fuel tank of 14L capacity.
In India, the 790 Duke will compete against the likes of the Suzuki GSX-S750, Triumph Street Triple S, Kawasaki Z900, and Ducati Monster 821. If you are looking for a high-performance street bike, then 790 Duke is your best bet, which is a notch above compared to its competitors.