KTM’s parallel-twin future debuts with 790 Duke

Published: 07 November 2017

Hot on the heels of MCN’s recent exclusive ride on a prototype 790 Duke, comes the real thing. 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 kicking out 103.3bhp, nestled in 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. 

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It’s got the rest of the spec to match, too. Cornering ABS, with a Supermoto mode, lean-angle sensitive traction control, quickshifter and launch control plus KTM ride mode technology with customisable track mode are all standard features, as is the advanced 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. 

Highlights

KTM 790 Duke
Engine
799cc parallel-twin
Power 103.3bhp @ 9000rpm
Torque 63.5ftlb @ 8000rpm. 
Seat height 825mm
Weight 169kg (dry)

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