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KTM 790 Duke launched at Rs 8.64 lakh

The 799cc sport-naked motorcycle, which is the brand’s new flagship, has already begun reaching a few KTM dealerships across India.

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KTM has launched its middleweight sport, the 790 Duke, in India at Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The 790 Duke is now KTM’s flagship model in India, with a price point and power figures that are more than double that of the company’s other models in the country. For now, the bike is in BS-4 spec and only 100 units have been brought in via a CKD route.

The 790 Duke is already on sale in international markets and is powered by a 799cc, parallel-twin engine that makes 105hp and 86Nm of peak torque. The bike is equipped with a 43mm, non-adjustable USD fork and a pre-load monoshock, both sourced from WP. Other features on offer include a full-TFT display and the most comprehensive electronic safety package in the segment, which includes Bosch Cornering ABS with a disengageable Supermoto mode, lean-angle-sensing traction control, launch control, a bi-directional quickshifter and four riding modes (including a customisable Track mode).

With a dry weight of 169kg in international-spec, the sport-naked motorcycle is one of the lightest bikes in its class, second only to the Triumph Street Triple S.

At Rs 8.64 lakh, the 790 Duke is a little more expensive than we expected it to be. It’s significantly more expensive than the Suzuki GSX-S750 (Rs 7.46 lakh) and the Kawasaki Z900 (Rs 7.70 lakh), but below direct European rivals such as the Street Triple S (Rs 9.19 lakh) and the Ducati Monster 821 (Rs 10.99 lakh). At the moment, the 790 Duke is available in only 9 cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Surat, Guwahati, and Chennai. The bike will make its way to over 30 cities by April 2020.

KTM has also initiated plans to upgrade its showrooms in India to accommodate premium models like the 790 Duke and the upcoming 390 Adventure. The showrooms are set to get larger, more premium and are expected to offer a better customer experience.

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