So after longing for almost an eternity, we finally have one of the most anticipated bikes of the year, KTM 790 Duke with us. Available at an introductory price of Rs 8.63 lakh (ex-showroom), the Scalpel would definitely tempt many enthusiasts out there. Of course, many things make the 790 Duke an irresistible purchase, however, the following 3 are its top features.
Slapped on the 790 Duke is a brand-new 799cc LC8c parallel-twin which has 105hp of max power that is produced at 9000 revs and a peak torque of 87Nm kicks in at 8000 revs. It is KTM’s first parallel-twin engine and don’t you think the Austrians have done a great job? This engine is a powerplant for unlimited wheelies!
The effect of all those horses and Newton-metres is significantly enhanced by the lightweight of the 790 Duke. The bike has one of the lightest and most compact chassis that we’ve got in this segment. It also has ultralight tubular chromium molybdenum steel frame with a cast aluminium subframe. Various other parts contribute to the 790’s lightweight. How much does it weigh exactly? A mere 174kg (approx kerb weight). Now, you do the math to get the power-to-weight ratio and its proportionality to sheer fun and performance.
For a bike that’s as agile, nimble, powerful, and lightweight as the 790 Duke, it would make sense to equip it with as many advanced electronics as possible so that all kinds of riders can extract the maximum out of it. The 790 Duke comes with a host of such electronics like bi-directional quickshifter, launch control, wheelie control, traction control, ride modes, cornering ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, and much more.
What’s your favourite feature of the KTM 790 Duke?