The KTM Duke 790 will be coming to India. This motorcycle was showcased at EICMA last year in November. The Duke 790 is the latest in the Duke series from the KTM. The Duke brand has become very popular in India, within a short span of time. It had given a breath of fresh air to Indian motorcycling. It also created new benchmarks, which the competition is trying to catch up with. Earlier there were rumors about the Duke 690 making it to India. However, now it seems that it will be the 790 which will come here.
This will be one of its kind motorcycles in the country. It comes with futuristic styling. The bike is extremely aggressive in its stance.The bike is light and boasts of superior handling as compared to the 690. The sharp styling of the bike will make it unique in its segment. Want to know more about the KTM Duke 790? When will it come to India? Read further.
KTM Duke 790 Launch Date
The production version of the Duke 790 was unveiled at EICMA last year. The bike will go on sale this month. The motorcycle has been brought to India via CKD (completely knocked down) route and is being assembled on Kawasaki’s assembly line in Bajaj’s Akurdi plant. The bike will be launching on 23rd of this month. The bookings of this bike have been started. The booking amount of this bike varies from Rs. 20,000 to Rs 50,000 depending on dealerships.
KTM Duke 790 Price in India
On-Road Delhi Price
KTM Duke 790
INR 9 Lakhs
The Duke 790 would be a tough bike to price. Estimated at around 9 lakhs, it would compete with the likes of the Ducati Monster 797, Triumph Street Triple and the Kawasaki Z900, to an extent. Now the pricing would also depend if the 790 is manufactured in India like the 390 and so on or would it be a CKD(Completely Knocked Down) like the Ninja 650 or a CBU(Completely Built Unit) like the Z900. We think that it may come in as a CBU, initially. It may be sold as a CKD later.
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KTM Duke 790 Specifications
|Engine||799 cc, parallel-twin|
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KTM Duke 790 Top Speed
|Top Speed||210 km/h|
The Duke 790 will have an electronically limited top speed of around 210 km/h. This will be a fast machine and will have the electronics to support such speeds and improve its dynamics.
KTM Duke 790 Design
A born street fighter, this kind of styling will continue on the Duke 790. The production version though will get a few changes. For example, the exhaust will not be the under-seat one like the concept but will be a side slung one. The light and strong Trellis frame that is typical of other Dukes will find its way here too. Now that even the Duke 390 has split headlamp it is expected in the 790 as well. From what we got to see on the concept model the bike is sharper than before and much more slimmed down. The Dukes always boast of their lightweight mannerism and this would go on. The sharply sculpted tank looks great that was found on the concept.
The handlebars seem to set a bit low like the Super Duke and also a bit more aggressive than the Duke 390. The rear set footpegs gave it a more sporty feel. Expect the upside-down WP front suspension and dual discs. Expect the braking to be as good if not better in the new bike.
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KTM Duke 790 Rider Aids
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is a mouthful, but it’s an important part of the KTM 790 DUKE. MTC is a lean-angle sensitive traction control system, which reduces engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible. Depending on the selected ride mode, MTC also allows for several levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. This can be switched off according to rider preferance.
Track mode, as the name suggests, offers unlimited thrills and READY TO RACE characteristics. It features a launch control function for quick getaways, variable slip adjustment, increased throttle response and the ability to pull epic wheelies by disengaging Anti-Wheelie.
The KTM 790 DUKE allows for slick, clutchless up and downshifts thanks to KTM’s own Quickshifter+ system. It reads and responds to your riding under any load to ensure shift action is as fast as you are. When downshifting, the system matches the engine speed to the speed of the lower gear.
MSR (Motor Shift Regulator)
The KTM 790 DUKE is equipped with standard MSR (Motor Slip Regulation), which works in the opposite direction of the MTC. This means there is no chance of accidentally locking up the rear wheel under downshifting or abrupt throttling-off. MSR ensures you retain full traction and complements the slipper clutch and is especially effective in low grip situations.
Supermoto mode allows enthusiastic and experienced riders to lock up the rear wheel – a prerequisite for committed Supermoto riding and deliberately executed slides. This means ABS is deactivated on the rear wheel while maintaining ABS function on the front.
All these rider aids make the bike a bit more versatile and customizable. This bike from KTM will feature all the top of the line features and put us one step closer to the SUPER DUKE.
KTM Duke 790 Engine
A twin-cylinder engine will be used to power the KTM Duke 790. The engine is expected to be an 803 cc one. Power output would be anywhere from 95 to 115 bhp. Where the Duke always plays well is torque so expect anywhere between 80 to 90 Nm torque. The current 690 may not be very powerful but surely is a high torque machine.
KTM Duke 790 Features
The KTM Duke 790 will be feature-packed. Beginning from the ride by wire, colour TFT screen with navigations and several other features on the instrument panel. The highlights of this bike will be the addition of cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control. Other features like a slipper clutch and quickshifter will also be available. The new Duke will get LED headlamps and even tail lamps. The Duke 790 should get some features from the bigger Dukes as well. This will make it a great package to consider, especially for those who need good power and leave out the excess performance.
KTM Duke 790 Competition
The bikes like Triumph Street Triple series, the Ducati Monster range and the Suzuki GSX-S750 are major competition for this bike. The bike is at with them in performance but the only place where it has to shine is the pricing.