KTM continues to apply real pressure to the street bike segment. This time its replacing the aging 690 single-cylinder middleweight with a fresh faced entry in the form of the Duke 790.
As the nomenclature insinuates, the Duke 790 is powered by a 799cc engine—this time a Parallel Twin— a first for KTM. This gives the Duke added lung capacity. KTM designates this water-cooled eight-valve motor an LC8c— ‘c’ being for compact. Power is rated at 63.4 torque lb-ft at 8000 revs with 105 hp arriving shortly after. Like a dirt bike the airbox sits inside the subframe with intake ports on each side, just below the rider’s seat.
KTM loves its metal steel frames and the 790 will employ this setup with the engine uncovered for all to see. A WP-sourced inverted fork and link-less shock absorber provide suspension duties.
Big radial-mounted and KTM-branded front brakes and front LED lighting in similar vein to the awesome looking 1290 Super Duke R appear in this model. Seventeen-inch multi-spoke wheels are shod with Maxxis Supermaxx ST supermoto rubber which gives an idea of the real purpose of this motorcycle: sliding through big parking lots.
Ride-by-wire, traction control and excellent Bosch-sourced ABS are all standard. Like the 1290 Super Duke, Four riding modes are offered (Street, Sport, Track and Rain) all with different engine/throttle response settings.
Pricing and exact availability are still to be announced but KTM USA says it should be arriving Stateside this time next year and sold as a 2019 model.