Exclusive! BS4 KTM Duke 790 India Launch To Be Done By SKD Route – BS6 Will Come By March

KTM Duke 790 India Launch is being done through SKD (Semi knock down) route which means pricing around Rs. 8 lakhs ex-showroom can be expected

Sources close to KTM and Bajaj confirm that they will be making a BS6 version of the KTM Duke 790 with the help of KTM and Bajaj engineers specifically for the Indian market to move on with the emission norms come in. Initially, the Duke 790 will be BS4. Expect batches of 100 units every six months to come, even after BS6 compliance. Europe will continue to get their bikes as per their emission standards. Expect a price tag under Rs. 10 lakhs in most cities, on-road.

KTM Duke 790 India Launch is the most awaited event of all time. KTM is on an aggressive streak worldwide. Clear statements to overtake Japanese rivals by the CEO makes thing even more exciting for the market, enthusiast, and critics. To dominate every segment, it needs a motorcycle in every segment. It all started all over again when Bajaj took 49% from KTM and invested money to make new motorcycles. Duke 125, 200 and 390 came and then RC version of them came along.

KTM wants to do pretty much the same with higher category. The company’s CEO announced 800cc motorcycle with naked and adventure category are in mind and will be launched one after the other. A supersport against the like of Ducati Panigale and Triumph Daytona cannot be ruled out then, can they? We decided to have a look at the KTM Duke 790, which had come to EICMA 2017. However, and a big one, KTM Duke 790 India launch is now pushed yet again, now to, November-December 2019 says our source.

KTM Duke 790 – Design and Dimensions

When it comes to design, the motorcycles have always been short in size, minimalist panel usage everywhere and a short wheelbase will help it look like a proper street fighter. Adventure version will come with a beak at the front along with a large fairing. KTM themselves confirm this. Typical flat headlight cowl and overall design does shout KTM indeed. Paint scheme are inspired by the SuperDuke.

Wheelbase: 1475 mm
Seat Height: 825 mm
Length: 2100 mm*
Width: 790 mm*
Height: 1150 mm*
Ground clearance: 170 mm*
Kerb weight: 169 kgs (Dry)
Fuel capacity: 14 litres

KTM Duke 790 Chassis, suspension and brakes

With KTM, the expectation is always high and it delivers. The 790 is the lightest vehicle in its class with twin-cylinder and trellis frame combo seen in the pictures. USD forks at the front and monoshock are on offer and only the monoshock is adjustable should make things tempting. ABS equipped large dual disc brakes at the front should do their job well.

Chassis – Trellis Frame

Front – 43 mm Upside Down Forks
Rear – Adjustable Monoshock

Front – 120/70-17
Rear – 180/55- 17

Front – Dual 300 mm Dual Disc Brakes
Rear – 240 mm Disc Brakes

KTM Duke 790 Engine, Specification and Fuel Economy

The engine is an all-new 799cc parallel-twin unit. The engine is one of the most powerful engine in its class and recently KTM claimed it will best engine in its class with a new technology and will be revolutionary. 790 Duke should deliver best power, torque and fuel economy and able to deliver reliability and efficiency on the road which is listed below.

Twin Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Displacement 799cc
Maximum Power – 105 PS
Maximum Torque – 87 NM
Transmission – 6-Speed Gearbox

KTM Duke 790 Safety and Features

ABS is standard on the motorcycle. There is cornering ABS, traction control, riding modes and much more to make it a completely safe riding experience.

KTM Duke 790 Top Rivals

Kawasaki Z900, Yamaha MT-09, Triumph Street Triple 765, MV Agusta Brutale, Ducati Monster 821.

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