KTM 790 Duke launched in India (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Speed2torque_)
KTM 790 Duke has finally gone official in India for an introductory price of Rs 8,63,945 (ex-showroom, India). It is to be noted that in the Indian market, KTM 790 Duke is up against the likes of Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha MT-09, Kawasaki Z900 and Ducati Monster 821.
Nicknamed as the scalpel, the KTM 790 Duke is powered by a 799 cc, LC8c, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, DOHC engine which churns out 103 bhp and 87 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The newly-launched superbike boasts of four ride modes i.e. Sport, Street, Rain and Track. However, the automaker has not yet revealed the top speed of 790 Duke.
The motorcycle comes equipped with a chromium-molybdenum steel frame with a cast-aluminium subframe. While KTM 790 Duke has 43 mm open-cartridge WP upside-down front forks with 140 mm travel, the rear gets a WP shock absorber with 150 mm travel. Also, there are 17-inch cast aluminium wheels, with a 300 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. There is a Bosch 9.1 MP two-channel ABS that includes cornering ABS and Supermoto ABS.
KTM 790 Duke also comes equipped with 9-level traction control, launch control, wheelie control, slipper clutch, and quickshifter. There's a six-axis IMU-based 9-level traction control with lean-angle sensitivity, cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, engine brake control, launch and wheelie control, and a bi-directional quick-shifter.
KTM 790 Duke has a multifunctional dashboard with full-colour TFT display. It also features a LED headlight with LED DRLs. The naked superbike comes with a tapered aluminium handlebar, which can be adjusted in four positions on the triple clamp and rotated in three more positions. The middle-weight motorcycle sports a die-cast, open-lattice swingarm. It is worth mentioning here that the KTM 790 Duke comes to India in limited numbers. As of now, the bike remains BS4 compliant. The middleweight motorcycle is locally assembled at the Bajaj-Chakan facility.
KTM, which entered the Indian market in 2012, now boasts of 460 stores across 365 cities in the country. The bookings for the new 790 Duke have begun at select dealerships across nine cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Surat, Delhi and Guwahati.