KTM Duke 790 bookings to start from 5th September, only 150 units have been allotted for sale in India as of now
KTM 790 Duke has started reaching dealerships across the country. It is reported that the official bookings will commence from September 5th. So, get your cheques ready for the same as only 150 units of 790 Duke has arrived on the Indian shores.
After a couple of postpones, KTM is finally launching the much-anticipated street naked motorcycle in the Indian market. The Duke 790 was expected to launch in April and August this year but now the Austrian company has made it clear that official bookings for the middle-weight bike will commence from 5th of September. Expect the deliveries to begin from the month of October 2019, well before the festive season.
KTM will assemble the imported CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits on Kawasaki’s assembly line at Bajaj’s Akurdi Plant. Guess there is some friendship between the Japanese and the Austrians. However, smaller parts like headlamp, levers, and cables will be sourced from local vendors.
Powering Duke 790 is a liquid-cooled, 799 cc parallel-twin, LC8 powerplant. This engine pumps out massive 103bhp at 9500rpm and metal bending 87Nm of peak twisting force at 8000rpm. The LC8 motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and also includes two-way quick-shifter as standard.
The Engine in the 790 Duke is used as a stressed member in the chassis which is made by trellis frame. Suspension duties are performed by 43 mm WP USD forks and WP Monoshock at the rear. One more interesting fact about the bike is that it gets steering damper in its segment
The speed will be shed with the help of twin 300 mm discs gripped by 4-piston radial calipers and 240 mm disc sit at the rear with a single-piston floating caliper. Dual-Channel ABS will come as standard which comes with supermoto mode to let you have some fun.
KTM Duke 790 will rival Kawasaki Z900 which is priced at Rs 7.68 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi, Suzuki GSX S750 (Rs 7.46 Lakh ex-showroom), and 2019 Honda CBR 650R which carries a price tag of Rs 7.70 Lakh ex-showroom. One can expect Duke 790 price to be around Rs 7 lakh mark.
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