Here are the clear images of the India-spec KTM 790 Duke, which was recently spied on the test. With this, we can say that the test rides of the hyper naked motorcycle have commenced at some dealerships.
The motorcycle is much awaited in India and was recently spied with saree guard, engine guard and a temporary number plate as well. 790 Duke will be bought through the CKD route, which will help keep the prices in check. Going by our dealership sources, the bookings for the Duke have commenced but varies for every dealership.
Reports suggest that KTM is only planning to sell 100 units of the 790 Duke for this year. With its estimated price around Rs 8-8.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom), it will be the most affordable hyper naked motorcycle, undercutting the Triumph Street Triple, Kawasaki Z900 and Suzuki GSX-S750.
KTM 790 Duke gets a 799cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin cylinder engine, that produces 105 BHP at 9500 RPM and 86 Nm of peak torque at 8000 RPM. The bike runs on a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and also gets a bi-directional quick-shifter.
For suspension, it uses 43mm WP forks at the front and gas-charged 12-stage preload-adjustable WP mono-shock at the back. Braking is handled by twin 300mm front discs and a 240mm rear disc, with switchable ABS.
Performance-related features include traction control, Supermoto Mode, cornering-ABS, Motor-Slip Regulation, Four Riding Modes (Sport, Street, Rain and Track), Ride-by-wire throttle and a colour TFT instrument console. The bike will also get Bluetooth connectivity, Music Control, LED headlamps and inbuilt-navigation.
Close to the launch of KTM 790 Duke, we will get some more detail. As usual, it will be assembled at KTM’s Chakan plant. Reports say that the KTM showrooms are being jazzed up primarily for its upcoming launches this year and next year.