KTM’s next generation roadster the 790 Duke caught testing on secret roads in Europe. The bike is underpinning an all-new parallel-twin platform, which could further be used to develop an enduro and an adventure motorcycle apart from the Husqvarna models.
From the surfaced images, the 790 Duke test mule appears much closer to the market-ready model. Apparently, the bike shares a lot from its showcased concept at the Milan Show last year, as bifurcated headlamp well-fitted in the razor sharp front face. Physically, as images reveal, the 790 Duke’s body will be streamlined that will follow the sharp and slim design language from aggressive front to raised tail section. As the test mule is fitted with something undone exhaust system, a new exhaust system along with a number of road legal bits and tank aesthetics are also expected to witness in the full-fledged product.
Underneath the fuel tank, will be the successor of single-cylinder 690 Duke, the Duke 790’s prototype is claimed to powered by an 800 parallel-twin engine, that is codenamed as LC8c. the electronic package of the bike would be featured with various elements such as ride-by-wire throttle, multi-level traction control, and various riding modes.
If considers the global launch of the 790 Duke, it could available to purchase by the end of 2018. So, it’s clear, India will have to wait for long to see it’s arrival onto Indian shores through completely built unit (CBU) channel. On rivalry, the motorcycle will knock its horns with the available streetfighters in the market like Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821 and Yamaha MT-09.