KTM, one of the major game changer brands in our two-wheeler industry, post launching its youngest KTM Duke 125, is gearing up to launch the most powerful KTM Duke 790 in Indian lineup soon. Reportedly, those who are waiting for this flagship would witness its debut by April 2019. Other than introducing the Duke 790, the KTM is setting up an advanced assembly-line following the company’s standards. While it will be supervised via a team of KTM officials at Bajaj Auto’s Akurdi plant.
The KTM Duke 790 a.k.a the Scalpel will hit the Indian biking industry via a CKD route. The components like indicators, wiring and the headlight from Minda will be sourced locally. While the major components including the chassis, suspension and the engine will be the imported units. As per the sources, the first hundred units of the Duke 790 has already been shipped at the Bajaj plant for research, development and tooling purposes. Not only this, but technicians are also being trained in lieu of servicing responsibilities of the Scalpel. The operations are expected to start in mid-April and launch thereafter.
Powering for the KTM Duke 790 will come from an all-new 799cc LC8c parallel-twin engine where the ‘C’ in the LC8c stands for ‘compact’. The engine generates staggering 105 HP and transmits 87 Nm of peak torque. The laydown power is sent to the rear wheel via a coupled 6-speed gearbox unit. The Duke 790’s motor is a compact, sophisticated unit with components consisting a 75-degree offset crank, two counter-balancing shafts on the crank and one on the camshaft to minimise the vibrations created by this compact twin-cylinder motor. Being compact in size, the engine act as a stressed member for the chassis. The crankcase here is designed in a way to keep the overall dimensions and weight of the motor to the minimum.
Moreover, a two-way quick-shifter is also being provided for transmission aids. While the engine is enclosed inside a chrome-molybdenum steel frame. The aluminium built rear sub-frame also goes with the line of the design of the motorcycle. The suspension department consists of non-adjustable USD forks up front and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock unit. The front forks functions separately, one of them handles the compression while the other will handle the rebound for better shock absorption. The braking will be managed by units sourced from a J. Juan, a Spanish company, the firm which supplies brakes for Moto2 teams.
Among the electronic package, the Duke 790 gets a two-way quickshifter which can be switched off. The Bosch IMU engine management system with riding modes-Sport, Street, Rain and a fully-customisable Track Mode. in addition to this, there is a Ride-by-wire, a five-way rollover sensor, nine-step Traction control system, cornering ABS, wheelie control and an electronically assisted motor slip regulation as well.
When launched, the KTM Duke 790 will turn out to be a game changer in the country. In the segment, it will compete with the likes of the Triumph Speed Triple RS and the Kawasaki Z900.