KTM unveils twin-cylinder Duke 790; Dominar 800 in the pipeline?

KTM launched the all-new Duke 790 and when we say all-new, it is allll new! With all-new twin-cylinder 799cc LC8 engine, the KTM Duke 790 is the company’s new “ultimate street weapon”!

Nicknamed “the scalpel”, the KTM Duke 790 is the latest addition to the orange stable and it sports quite a lot of goodies. First things first is the all-new twin-cylinder 799cc LC8 engine and it sounds great! Performance is a given with 105 bhp and 86 Nm propelling you forward in ferocity, like all KTMs. Looks stunning with lots of cues from the flagship 1290 Super Duke! KTM looks to have a certain winner here in the middle-weight segment!

KTM haven’t stopped at that and have made the Duke 790 very intelligent as well with lots of tech bits to keep the bike on the road and in control. There is an advanced ride by wire system for accurate throttle inputs and many next generation rider aids like Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) that monitors lean angles and reacts when the rotation of the rear wheel doesn’t match the riding situation. The system won’t be intrusive and will still allow you to have fun without dropping the bike.

Advanced Ride Modes are also available and the electronics are said to have your back even when you are on the limit using the maximum from that engine. Paired with the ride-by-wire technology, throttle inputs are accurately controlled in each mode, increasing rider safety in all sorts of tricky conditions. For the pros, there is the option to turn everything off as well.

There are four ride modes:

» Sport: has the most direct throttle control, allows respectable drifts and a perceptible amount of slippage.
» Street: keeps things smooth for comfortable, controllable riding.
» Rain: is all about early intervention and maximum grip in the wet
» Track: customize your ride, dial down the traction control, smooth out the throttle, switch off the anti-wheelie.

There is also the obligatory Supermoto mode (KTM haven’t forgotten their genes) where the rider can turn off ABS off the rear wheel and just slide. ABS is still active on the front wheel.

Coming to the engine, there are lots of racing tech like forged pistons which reduce rotating masses helping the engine to gain revs faster. Refinement is also considered with the engine have two balancer shafts for a smoother ride. The new pressure lubricated slipper clutch keeps the engine torque and rear wheel in check while downshifting. Gear changes will also be easy on the fingers as clutch action requires fewer effort now.

 

The chassis is also capable, made from extra strong CroMo steel so the KTM Duke 790 will be nice to flick about and game for quick direction changes. Braking is taken care of with 300 mm twin-disc brake at the front and a single rear disc brake with adjustable brake levers. There is also the proprietary KTM Cornering ABS.

Coming to the little things, the bike will be friendly towards short and tall riders with a height of 825mm. The fabric of the seats also looks to make things easy for the rear of the rider. A screen replaces all the dials of the bike and it looks cool, matching the design of the bike. As you rev the engine, the display bars change color, egging you on. The display also automatically adapts its illumination to the ambient light and gets racy when TRACK mode is selected. There is also the customary Ready to Race logo at the start!

The Dominar 800!

Well KTM are bringing the Duke 790 to India by 2018. So it would make sense for Bajaj to launch a Dominar 800. It also aligns with Bajaj’s bigger ambitions of launching larger bikes. A Bajaj Dominar 800 would be welcome news for the Indian bikers as it would make middle-weight motorcyles affordable for us.

Along with the Royal Enfield Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 Twins, we might see an all-new segment being born in India, which is currently dominated by Kawasaki and their 650 series bikes like the Ninja and Versys.

KTM Duke 790 Details

  • FRAME DESIGN

    Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated

  • FRONT SUSPENSION

    WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

  • REAR SUSPENSION

    WP shock absorber with preload adjuster

  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

    140 mm

  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

    150 mm

  • FRONT BRAKE

    Four-piston radial fixed calliper

  • REAR BRAKE

    2 piston caliper, brake disc

  • FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

    300 mm

  • REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

    240 mm

  • ABS

    Bosch 9MP two-channel ABS (incl. Supermoto mode, diesengageable)

  • CHAIN

    520 X-Ring

  • STEERING HEAD ANGLE

    66 °

  • WHEELBASE

    1475 ± 15 mm

  • GROUND CLEARANCE

    186 mm

  • SEAT HEIGHT

    825 mm

  • TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

    14 litres

  • DRY WEIGHT

    169 kg

  • DESIGN

    2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin

  • DISPLACEMENT

    799 cm³

  • BORE

    88 mm

  • STROKE

    65.7 mm

  • POWER

    105 Bhp, 86 Nm

  • STARTER

    Electric starter

  • LUBRICATION

    Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps

  • TRANSMISSION

    6-speed

  • PRIMARY DRIVE

    39:75

  • SECONDARY GEAR RATIO

    16:41

  • COOLING

    Liquid cooled

  • CLUTCH

    PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

  • EMS

    Bosch EMS with RBW

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