As we continue awaiting the KTM 790 Duke's launch announcement in India, a new batch of spy shots giving its clearest view in the country yet has surfaced online. The new images even show the bikes saree guard, an India-specific accessory, as well as the compact crash guard that sits very close to the radiator and almost blends into the styling.
A front number plate is mandatory in India, and the unit occupies the space above the headlight. A massive saree-guard grille occupies the space next to the pillion footrest on the left side of the motorcycle. All other specifications are identical to the international-spec motorcycle. Thus, you see a 1290 SuperDuke-inspired styling along with premium hardware specifications that comprise full LED lighting and a TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity.
The KTM 790 Duke uses the company’s newly developed, 799 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled LC8c engine that comes with BS-IV/Euro-IV compliance. The motor churns out a maximum power output of 105 PS at 9,000 rpm and apeak torque of 86 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The two counter-balancer shafts and 270-degree firing order give the parallel-twin cylinder mill a V-Twin like sound. A ride-by-wire throttle allows the rider to select from four riding modes – Sport, Street, Rain and Track. Shock absorption hardware consists of an adjustable monoshock at the back and 43 mm inverted forks up front – both sourced from WP.
The engine is linked to a six-speed transmission that benefits from PASC slip-assist clutch and quickshifter that works for both - up and downshifts. The Euro-V version of the vehicle will come with a marginal bump, and carry 890 cc displacement. It will most likely debut at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan (5-10 November 2019).
The electronic rider aid package consists of switchable traction control, ABS (with Supermoto mode – that turns off the rear ABS), cornering ABS, wheelie control and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR).
Select KTM dealerships have already commenced the booking process for the upcoming 790 Duke in India. However, we understand that just 100 units will be sold in our market. The bikes have started to reach select dealerships. The 790 Duke will carry an ex-showroom price tag of approximately INR 8.5 lakh. It will rival the Triumph Street Triple range, the Ducati Monster series, Suzuki GSX-S750 and the Kawasaki Z900.