First unveiled at the EICMA show in 2017, the KTM 790 Duke will soon be launched in India. The motorcycle will compete against the likes of the Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900, Suzuki GSX S750, and the Yamaha MT-09.
We have been getting scattered news about the launch of the KTM 790 Duke for a while now. If the recent spy shots are anything to go by, it seems that the wait for the sport naked will end soon. The middle-weight KTM offering was spotted at a dealership recently. KTM dealerships had commenced bookings for the motorcycle in December last year, with the launch scheduled in the first half of 2019. But it seems some delays in the homologation process has led to KTM pushing the launch further. Expect the motorcycle to be launched within the next month or so.
The motorcycle spotted at the dealership has been fitted with a saree and engine guard – which unofficially confirms the launch in India. KTM is likely to bring this motorcycle via the CKD route with the kits being imported from Austria. With that in mind, the sticker price is likely to be high – our guess is roughly around the Rs 8.5 lakh mark.
The 790 Duke was first unveiled at the EICMA show in 2017. The motorcycle is already on sale in the international market. The India-spec model is expected to have the same 799cc parallel-twin motor that is good for 105bhp and 86Nm. Paired with a 6-speed transmission it gets assistance from a slipper clutch. Other features include a quick shifter, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and more. The bike also gets riding modes including a track mode and a Supermoto mode. The 790 Duke also gets a multi-colour TFT dashboard that displays a truckload of information and can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth. As far as design goes, the 790 Duke looks like the elder sibling of the much-loved 390 Duke. The larger offering’s exhaust, however, is upswept and gets brushed aluminium treatment.
KTM 790 Duke will put up a fight against other middle-weight motorcycles like the Triumph Street Triple, Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821, Suzuki GSX S750 and the Yamaha MT-09.