Duke 790 will come via CKD route, hence price will be aggressive
Finally, we’re all going to witness a grand launch a hooligan of a bike from the Austrian manufacturer, KTM. In other words, KTM will launch Duke 790 in the Indian market in the month of April 2019. The middleweight motorcycle will be brought to India via CKD route. The local assembly of the Duke 790 will keep the price lower than the competition and will hover around Rs 7 Lakh to Rs 7.5 Lakh ex-showroom.
KTM Duke 790 India Launch to happen in April 2019The bike is said to have reached the company’s Akurdy Plant where it is being used to Research and Development purpose. KTM is also training technicians to do the servicing of the monster when it gets launched in the country. Engine, Transmission, Chassis, and other major components will be imported. Smaller parts like headlamp, levers, and cables will be sourced from the local vendors.
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When we talk about features, there are available in plenty here. Duke has everything from TFT instrument cluster, three riding modes, bi-directional-quick-shifter and much more. There will be electronic wizardry such as Cornering ABS, Launch Control, Traction Control to name a few.
Powering Duke 790 is a liquid-cooled, 799 cc parallel-twin, LC8 powerplant. This engine pumps out massive 103 bhp at 9500 rpm and metal bending 86 Newton meters of peak twisting force at 8000 rpm. The LC8 motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and also includes two-way quick-shifter.
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The Engine 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. The bike will be brought to a halt 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 can be switched off completely when required.
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 upcoming 2019 Honda CBR 650R which is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 8 Lakh ex-showroom.
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