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KTM 790 Duke Latest Updates
KTM’s 790 Duke was spotted in India suggesting its launch in the next couple of months.
Select KTM dealers have started accepting bookings for the upcoming 790 Duke in India. The 790 Duke will be the most powerful motorcycle from KTM to be sold in our country and is expected to be priced at around Rs 8 to 8.5 lakh (on-road). It will compete against four-cylinder rivals such as the Suzuki GSX-S750 and the Kawasaki Z900, which are priced at Rs 7.46 lakh and Rs 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. The 790 Duke will also be the first KTM motorcycle in India to be brought via the CKD route, as rest of the KTM bikes are manufactured in India.
In terms of styling, the 790 Duke is similar to the 390 Duke, but has larger dimensions and different frame, wheels, exhaust and tail-section. The bike has been loaded with features such as lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, multiple power modes, launch control and even wheelie control!
Powering the motorcycle is a newly developed LC8 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor pumping out 105PS at 9500rpm and 86Nm of peak torque at 8000rpm. The DOHC motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. The 790 Duke carries forward KTM’s tradition of offering many segment-first features at a great price and this should help it stand out from its competition.
KTM 790 Duke Price
KTM 790 Duke is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 7.00 lakh
790 Duke Variants Price List
Top Competitors of 790 Duke
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Rs. 5.89 lakh
Suzuki RM Z450
Rs. 8.37 lakh
Benelli TNT 600 i
Rs. 6.20 lakh
Rs. 7.89 lakh
Rs. 7.70 lakh
Rs. 7.70 lakh
Rs. 5.87 lakh
Rs. 5.69 lakh
Suzuki GSX S750
Rs. 7.52 lakh
Triumph Street Twin
Rs. 7.45 lakh
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KTM 790 Duke Highlights
Powering the motorcycle is an LC8c 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor, which churns out 105PS of power and 86Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch. It is built around a tubular steel frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member. The suspension duties are handled by adjustable WP USD forks at the front and WP monoshock unit at the rear. Braking is taken care of by 300mm disc at the front and a 240mm rear disc.
Design and Features
In terms of design, the 790 Duke follows similar cues seen on the Duke series like the 390 Duke and the range-topper 1290 Duke. It sports the same inverted pitchfork shaped LED headlamps, aggressive bodywork and an sharp overall design. However, unlike the 390 Duke, it gets a stainless steel, high-mounted, upswept exhaust and a slightly longer wheelbase. Features include ride-by-wire throttle control, different riding modes, multi-level traction control with lean angle sensitivity, ABS, launch control and a quick shifter. There's also a similar looking coloured TFT instrument console like the 390 Duke. However, the speedo and the tacho readouts are bigger.
Triumph Street Triple S: Perhaps KTM’s closest competitor, the Triumph Street Triple S offers high-performance numbers across the board. However, its high asking price of Rs 9.19 lakh will be too much of a stretch for some customers, especially considering how aggressively the KTM is expected to be priced.
Suzuki GSX-S750: Again, the Suzuki offers more power across the board here. However, if you look at the horsepower per rupee fight, the GSX-S750 has a bit of a disadvantage when compared to the Kawasaki Z900.
Kawasaki Z900: The Kawasaki Z900 is currently the most value-for-money prospect here. However, the electronics here, or rather lack thereof, hinders its prospect of being the segment leader.
Ducati Monster 797: While the Ducati may look like a tempting buy, the specs and the pricing tell a different story. It churns out less power, packs comparatively less number of electronics and costs more than its competition.
The mid-weight naked segment is highly contested with the likes of Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki and Triumph. However, KTM is one bikemaker we trust to break into this segment and establish a strong foothold in the country. We already know the KTM 790 Duke is a capable bike. However, it all comes down to how the company prices it. Till then we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
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