790 Duke: Pre-Production Pics & Details of the Scalpel: Launch in Feb 2018

Along with new details and pics we also have 790 Duke launch timeframe now…

KTM’s next big shot will be the 790 Duke which was unveiled as a prototype at last year’s EICMA. It drew a lot of attention because of its extravagant naked styling.

Few months later, KTM started testing the motorcycle in the open and in a latest update, MCN has tested the ‘more-complete’ prototype (obviously without any camouflage) and as expected the commercial version is toned down.

It now gets a proper set of (split) seats, registration plate holder, side blinkers and rear view mirrors. The LED Split headlamp unit is lifted from the 390 Duke and the 790 is expected to get a new/different setup. The underseat exhaust of the concept is also gone and in comes an awkwardly placed side canister. Still, the motorcycle retains a lot of the styling cues of the concept model.

Interestingly, some of the test mules were running on J.Juan brake setup with ABS. We had the last tryst with J.Juan (a Spanish firm) on the Mojo and were not very impressed by what the 320 mm (segment best in size) offered (link to review). However, the latest version sampled by MCN gets KTM branding on the brakes.

An earlier mule was seen sporting a tiny visor atop the headlamp but it is absent in this motorcycle.

Here are some quick pointers what MCN reveals about the Duke 790…

  • The motorcycle was given to the media house by KTM which is in its final stages of testing in Germany/Austria border.
  • KTM claims that 790 Duke is lightest in class. The report continues to suggest that it will be in the 185 kg ballpark fuelled up.
  • It gets riding aids like cornering ABS, launch control, slipper clutch, lean-sensitive traction control and quickshifter.
  • Like the recently introduced 2017 390, 790 Duke also gets a colourful LCD instrument cluster which will have a host of features and information.
  • MCN tells that the parallel twin motor is smooth and it lives to rev up to its redline.
  • The tyres as we can see are from Maxxis.

790 Duke Launch

790 Duke Launch

In an earlier story, MCN quoted Hubert Trunkenpolz, Chief Sales Officer of KTM, who informed that the 790 Duke will be launched later this year with sales kicking off sometime in early 2018. In the latest update, we now have the month of February 2018 to look upto.

It is also confirmed that there will be two models on offer – a 97 hp standard version and a premium 115 hp ‘R’ version. In terms of pricing, this twin cylinder model will not be cheap and will rival models like Street Triple etc.

790 Duke Scalpel concept

Also Read: Its Official – Rajiv Bajaj Confirms KTM 390 Adventure for India

A few months back, Benelli’s Monster-inspired TNT750 was spotted at a dealership, so it appears that rivals are also warming up for a counter-strike! 790 Duke launch in India is not expected anytime soon as KTM has announced that the 390s will remain the flagships for now…