KTM has been teasing us with glimpses of the new 790 Duke for the past year, but the wait is finally over. The Austrian street destroyer was just unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy; now ready for public (and tire) consumption.
The KTM 790 Duke is built around an all-new and ultra-compact LC8c parallel-twin engine, which KTM claims produces 103 hp at 9,000 rpm and 63.6 pound-feet of torque at 8,000 rpm. That 100 hp and a claimed dry weight of 372 pounds (probably 415 or so full of fuel) make KTM's claims that this new bike is “the ultimate street weapon” seem pretty spot-on.
And the Austrian company has a video to prove it:
Additionally, the 790 Duke gets cornering ABS, Supermoto mode (switchable rear ABS), traction control that is lean-angle sensitive, a full-color TFT dash, launch control, and a quickshifter—and our sources say all of those come standard.
The frame is a steel-trellis unit which uses the motor as a stressed member of the frame to help save weight.
The suspension is handled by WP, with a 43mm fork at the front and monoshock at the rear. The fork is nonadjustable, while the rear is adjustable for spring preload.
No word yet on pricing, but we have word it will be coming to the US in the fall of 2018 as a 2019 model.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our coverage of all the new motorcycles released at EICMA this year!