KTM 790 Duke was spotted at a dealership in some Asian Countries for the first time in early 2019. It seems now that KTM is in no hurry to launch its street fighter as according to a recent report by Autocar, the wait has grown longer which means that KTM lovers have to wait for next year to buy the 790 Duke.
According to the latest details available, there is a delay in the homologation process which has postponed the launch of the Duke 790 to early 2020. A previous report also stated that KTM would set up an all-new advanced assembly line at Bajaj Auto’s Akurdi plant that would be supervised and operated by a team of officials from Austria. The report also claimed that the 790 Duke would arrive and that the first lot of 100 units of the motorcycle have already come for service training purpose.
The KTM 790 DUKE is devastatingly accurate. The agility you’d expect from a single, blended with the meaty punch of a twin. It carves corners with pinpoint precision, boasting the all-new 799 cc LC8c parallel twin motor nestled into one of the lightest and most compact chassis around. The KTM 790 DUKE is all about being fast where it counts – in the corners. Dynamically flicking from one bend to the next, putting you in the heart of the action and not on the sidelines.
If we look at the design, KTM motorcycles have always been short in size, but its short wheelbase will help it to look like a proper street fighter. The KTM 790 Duke is the lightest vehicle in its class with a twin-cylinder. The features of the bike include full LED lighting (tail light, headlamp, and blinkers) and a Bluetooth enabled TFT display. Smartphone integration gives control to incoming calls, messages, and music using the switchgear on the left side of the handlebar.
Mechanically, the bike will be powered by KTM’s newly developed LC8c 799cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine which produces 105 HP at 9000 rpm and 86 Nm at 8000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox that has PASC slip-assist clutch and quick shift assist. The 790 Duke carries the most advanced electronic features in comparison to all other models in its segment. The street fighter will compete with Triumph Street Triple series, Suzuki GSX-S750 and the Ducati Monster range.