- KTM 790 Duke is powered by a parallel-twin 799 CC motor
- The naked roadster boasts of an extensive safety kit which includes switchable ABS, Cornering ABS and wheelie control
- 790 Duke also features four riding modes with a customizable Track mode
- The Austrian brand will now focus on launching the 390 Duke Adventure and Husqvarna motorcycles in India
KTM might not launch the 790 Duke in the Indian market this year due to a delay in the homologation process. The KTM 790 Duke is the Austrian brand's middleweight naked roadster and it was rumoured to be launched in India this year. This development might upset the enthusiasts as they were already hooked on the 790 Duke. Some of the dealerships had also started to accept bookings for the same. The naked roadster is already on sale in the International markets.
Mechanically, the KTM 790 Duke is powered by a liquid-cooled, parallel-twin 799 CC motor. The newly developed motor is capable of churning out 105 bhp of peak power at 9,000 rpm and 86 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. Suspension duties are carried by WP's 43 mm non-adjustable USD forks and a preload adjustable monoshock (WP). Braking department includes 340 mm twin discs at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear.
The KTM 790 Duke boasts of an extensive safety kit that includes Bosch Cornering ABS, traction control, quick shifter (up and down), switchable ABS, wheelie control and four riding modes to play with - Sport, Rain, Street and Track. The naked roadster also sports a TFT display that displays incoming calls, messages and music control. The 790 Duke also gets LED headlamp, tail lamp and turn indicators.
The Austrian middle-weight naked roadster will be up against the likes of Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster and the recently launched Suzuki GSX S750. The KTM 790 Duke weighs only 174 kg (dry) and it is one of the lightest bikes in its segment. We expect the 790 Duke to be priced between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. With the launch being postponed, KTM will now focus on introducing the 390 Duke Adventure and Husqvarna motorcycles in the Indian market.