KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has confirmed that the new “800cc” platform is going to happen with two bikes based on the platform stated to be unveiled this year. KTM will most likely name these bikes the “790” series, in line with their traditional naming pattern.
The fact that a new KTM parallel twin Duke of an 800cc displacement was in the works was known already due to the spy shots that surfaced earlier this year. Mr. Pierer has revealed much more information about what we can expect from the new KTM parallel twin middleweight machine. The move follows the trend of upsizing the displacement of the engines being used in long beloved models throughout the industry. Many major manufacturers are resorting to minor increases in displacement now that the traditional “CC” class lines are being blurred, with Ducati and Triumph as a prime example.
The KTM parallel twin 800cc platform in the works could be used on a naked as well a fully faired motorcycle. A younger sibling of the mighty 1290 Super Duke R beast will make an excellent middleweight road bike for everyday use that could also shred rubber on the track when needed. The KTM parallel twin 800cc platform will go head to head directly with the BMW F800GS/GSA and the Triumph Tiger 800. If the new middleweight adventure machine from KTM has been designed with a low centre of gravity, a healthy amount of low-rpm torque and a rugged reliability that has become one of the KTM trademarks, the KTM parallel twin 800cc adventure motorcycle will give the Hinckley based Triumph and the Munich based BMW a reason to worry.
KTM now has a vast amount of expertise and experience in adventure bikes courtesy of their highly successful racing projects. It can be expected that the new the KTM parallel twin 800cc will be adorned by a lot of high-end technologies that will add comfort, safety and value to the bike. If priced competitively and packing enough equipment on the base model, the KTM parallel twin 800cc adventure bike will be a sound choice for those who are not ready to take on the 1190 or 1290 models.
KTM is likely to add cornering ABS as an option besides multi-mapping, ABS, and traction control which will likely be standard on the KTM parallel twin 800cc platform. KTM will mostly reveal the new KTM parallel twin 800cc at the Intermot or EICMA motor shows that are coming up soon.
New KTM parallel twin 800cc engine
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