After treating us to the prototype at the EICMA last year, KTM has lastly taken the wraps off the new 790 Duke at EICMA 2017. The motorcycle features a brand new, 799-cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor that develops 105PS at 9,000 rpm and 86Nm at 8,000rpm. Called the LC8c, this is KTM’s first parallel-twin motor and has a DOHC head with eight valves, actuated by DLC-coated finger followers. To help keep the spirits at the least, KTM has employed two balancer shafts. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission. True to the Duke family ethos, the 790 Duke features essential transforming, with slight body panels. It, however, doesn’t look as jumpy as the prototype, but its close. The 790 Duke employs a steel frame, with the engine as the stressed member, in order to save weight, which stands at 169Kg.
KTM has used WP’s suspension at the back and front. The 43mm, split-function USD forks are adaptable while and the gas charged monoshock at the rear is adjustable for pre-load. Braking duties are handled by twin, 300mm discs at the front with four piston, radially mounted calipers and a 240mm single-disc at the rear, with a two-pot caliper.
Last year at the same event, the KTM 790 Duke prototype – The Scalpel – was shown on stage as well as the exhaust note of its LC8c engine. This year, KTM showcased the full production version, boasting performance figures and a specification that will help blow up the fiercely competitive 600 to 1,000cc naked bike segment.
The KTM 790 Duke is also beautiful well-armed with a suite of electronics. In addition to standard Bosch ABS, the motorbike also gets cornering ABS. The ABS can be turned off on the rear wheel to engage in some supermoto style riding. Then there’s the lean subtle traction control and riding modes with a special Track mode that is customizable. Other features include a quick-shifter, launch control, full-color TFT dash and WP steering damper. The KTM My Ride system is available as an optional extra.