The Austrian bike manufacturer, KTM has already confirmed the sporty KTM 790 Duke for India. Since then, the fans are eagerly waiting for its official launch which is expected to be scheduled in the month of March 2019. The report is confirmed by the company’s dealerships who have also started taking unofficial bookings of the upcoming bike. So, you can book the bike at some KTM showrooms by just paying an amount of Rs 10,000. You can also demand a refund if you don’t want to purchase the bike in future.
The company will bring the naked 790 Duke as CKD kits and will be further constructed at the Chakan plant, Pune. Some reports also claim that the company has now delivered the CKD kits in the plant and the assembling has already begun. The company is also said to use some local elements which will help to maintain the price mark. The equipment can be LED headlight, TFT display, braking components, wheels, tyres and the swingarm.
The bike is developed in a light-weight platform which will improve the efficiency and performance. It will come with different riding modes which include ‘Supermoto’ mode that will offer a great experience to the riders in any road condition. It is outfitted with an angular LED headlight which gives a stylish look to the bike from the front. It comes with a kerb weight of 169 kg and ground clearance of 186 mm. It features 140 mm WP upside-down front suspension and rear 150 mm WP shock absorber with preload adjuster.
The braking duties are handled by four-piston radial fixed calliper at the front and single-piston floating calliper brake disc at the rear. It is powered by a 799cc, LC8 parallel twin motor which will generate 103 hp of peak power at 9500rpm and 87 Nm of peak torque at 8000rpm. The engine is combined with a 6-speed transmission highlighting slipper clutch. It is equipped with four riding modes of Sport, Street, Rain and Track.
Moreover, it also comes with some exciting features including TFT instrument console, bi-directional quick-shifter, lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, launch and wheelie control. After the launch, the bike is expected to be priced around Rs 8.5 lakhs ex-showroom. It will rival against some naked bike concept in India which will include Kawasaki Z900, Yamaha MT-09, Ducati Monster 821, MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Triumph Street Triple.
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