KTM revealed their new 790 Duke will cost £8499 – which looks like excellent value to us.
The 103bhp, twin gets adjustable WP suspension, cornering ABS, lean-angle suspension, TC and a two-way quickshifter. Form a queue, fast.
MCN rides the 790 Duke as a prototype
Hot on the heels of MCN’s recent exclusive ride on a prototype 790 Duke, comes the real thing, announced at motorcycle show Eicma in Milan last month.
Touted as the ‘ultimate street weapon’ it’s set to stir up the middleweight naked market, and possibly steal some thunder from the likes of Triumph’s Street Triple. The ultra-compact LC8c parallel-twin is nestled in a completely new frame and styling package. The engine is used as a stressed member to save weight, and at a claimed 169kg dry, it’s certainly not been dodging the salad.
With added launch control, plus KTM ride mode technology with customisable track mode as standard features, the new Duke also includes a KTM TFT dashboard with optional KTM MY RIDE for easy smartphone hook-up.
Welcome to the punch
KTM’s first parallel-twin is a four-stroke DOHC unit with eight valves actuated via DLC-coated finger followers, electronic fuel injection, two balancer shafts, semi dry-sump lubrication with oil cooler and six-speed transmission. Max power is a healthy 103.3bhp @ 9000rpm, while max torque is 63.5ftlb, arriving at 8000rpm.
This could be KTM’s first mass-market bike in the UK.
KTM 790 highlights
Engine: 799cc parallel-twin
Power: 103.3bhp @ 9000rpm
Torque: 63.5ftlb @ 8000rpm.
Seat height: 825mm
Weight: 169kg (dry)