KTM Duke 790, nicknamed Scalpel, Launched In India
KTM recently launched its much-awaited KTM Duke 790 naked sports bike in India. The motorcycle carries a price-tag of Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s the first middleweight naked sports from KTM. In India, the new KTM Duke 790 will be pitted against Kawasaki Ninja Z900, Ducati Monster 797, and Triumph Street Triple 765. The bookings for the new 790 Duke is now open. However, for now, it will only be available in 9 major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati.
Engine and Power:
The KTM Duke 790 gets its power from a liquid cooled, 798 cc, parallel-twin-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 105ps (103hp) at 9,000 rpm and delivers a peak torque 87Nm at 8,000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle also gets a quick shifter that allows slick, clutch-less up and downshifts.
Aesthetically, KTM Duke 790 resembles the latest 390 Duke. However, the former has larger dimensions, a different frame, wheels, exhaust, and tail-section. It features a sharp design and aggressive stance which is the trademark of the Duke series. KTM Duke 790 also gets LED headlamp, LED taillamp and color TFT instrument console that displays all the vital stats of the motorcycle.
KTM Duke 790 comes loaded with track mode, lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, and multiple power modes. It also gets motorcycle traction control, and launch control. The motorcycle also offers an extensive electronics package with a full multi-map ride-by-wire throttle. The all-new 790 Duke offers four riding modes – Sport, Street, Rain, and Track. The motorcycle has a dry weight of 174kg.
Suspension and Brakes:
43mm upside-down WP forks at the front and gas-assisted mono-shock at the rear perform suspension duties. Twin 300mm discs with a four-piston radial fixed caliper at the front and a single 240 mm disc brake at the rear carry out braking duties. The motorcycle has dual-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system). Duke 790 also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels with 120/70-17 tire at the front and a massive 180/55-17 tire at the
KTM Duke 790 Specifications:
|Engine Type||Two-cylinder, 4 stroke, parallel twin|
|Displacement||799 cm3 (48.7 cu. in.)|
|Max. Power||103 hp at 9000 r.p.m.|
|Max. Torque||87 Nm a 7000 rpm|
|Fuel system||Fuel injection|
|Clutch||PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated|
|Frame type||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated|
|Front Suspension||WP upside-down Ø 43 mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP shock absorber with preload adjuster|
|Front Brake + ABS system||Ø 300 mm|
|Rear Brake + ABS system||Ø 240 mm|
|Dry weight||169 kg|
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