KTM 790 Duke India Launch Tomorrow

Modified On Sep 23, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for KTM 790 Duke

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[Update: KTM 790 Duke Launched In India At Rs 8.64 lakh]

  • The KTM 790 Duke will be brought down to India as a CBU (Completely Built Unit).
  • Booking amount ranges from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 depending on the dealership.
  • It’s powered by KTMs new LC8 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor.
  • It gets some serious electronic rider aids to rein in the power.

KTM is set to expand its naked streetfighter portfolio in India with the launch of the 790 Duke tomorrow. The mid-displacement bike, which has been nicknamed the Scalpel, will make its way to India via the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route. Thanks to this, its expected to be priced on the higher side of the spectrum at around Rs 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom). KTM dealerships have already started accepting bookings for the bike for an amount ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000.

Also Read: KTM 790 Duke: Everything You Need To Know

It’s powered by KTM’s new LC8 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor which belts out 104.6PS at 9000 and 87Nm at 8000rpm. Its 6-speed transmission comes with a bi-directional quickshifter as standard. The bike features a host of electronic rider aids like four riding modes  (Sport, Street, Rain and Track) cornering ABS, cornering traction control, wheelie and launch control. Additionally, the 790 comes with engine braking control and a SuperMoto mode which deactivates the rear ABS for some sideways action.

It uses a Chromoly trellis frame and a single-piece aluminium rear subframe paired with a 43mm upside-down fork (non-adjustable) and a monoshock with preload-adjustability - both from WP. Anchoring the bike are twin 300mm front discs with radially-mounted JJuan calipers and a 240mm disc at the rear. It’s 17-inch wheels come wrapped in street-oriented Maxxis Supermaxx ST tyres measuring in at 120/70-section up front and 180/55-section at the rear.

Once launched, the 790 Duke will compete against the Suzuki GSX-S750 (Rs 7.52 lakh), Kawasaki Z900 (Rs 7.69 lakh) and the Street Triple S priced at Rs 9.19 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom pan-India).

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