KTM is all set to launch the 790 Duke in India in the next few months and a model has been spotted at the Bajaj facility in Chakan.
The Bajaj owned Austrian company has in fact started accepting bookings for the KTM 790 Duke for a token amount of anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 and the prices are expected to be less than Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom), according to CarandBike.
The bike is powered by a 799 cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor capable of churning out 103 bhp and 86 Nm of peak torque. This is mated with a PASC slip-assist clutch enabled 6-speed gearbox. The bike comes with new electronic aids including a two-way Quick-shifter, cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, multiple riding modes, Motorcycle Stability Control, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and more. The TFT LCD display from the 390 Duke will also be seen on the 790 Duke, providing control to a host of settings including Bluetooth-enabled smartphone connectivity.
The KTM 790 Duke gets WP suspension at both ends. The front end gets 43 mm USDs while the rear gets a monoshock. The front also gets 300 mm twin discs with four-piston radial mounted callipers and the rear gets 240 mm disc gripped by 2-piston calliper.
The KTM 790 Duke will compete with the likes of its rivals Triumph Street Triple S, Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900 and the Suzuki GSX-S750. In terms of pricing, it will be closer to the GSX-S750 and the Kawasaki Z900.