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A recent report suggests that KTM is working on a newer 890 Duke with a 900cc engine

KTM has already started the bookings of its ultimate streetfighter motorcycle in India. The token amount asked by the dealers ranges from Rs 5000 to Rs 25,000 depending up to the city and location. But what is the price KTM is looking to touch? Various sources point towards an ex-showroom price of Rs 8.5 lakh. This will make the on-road price to cross Rs 10 lakh mark.

What do you think about this price? Will KTM be able to sell the already limited number of units or they will end up giving hefty discounts just before BS6 emission norms kick in? Two things can happen, first – People would come like zombies and take all the bikes the company is offering. Further, the second scenario could be that even the ‘KTM Duke’ brand won’t help in pushing the 790s out of the showrooms due to the ridiculously high price tag.

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Just for the starters, the 790 Duke is powered a 799cc parallel-twin engine which makes 103bhp and 87Nm torque. The bike comes with all the top-notch equipment and safety features like IMU bound cornering ABS, 9-level traction control system and much more. Its dry weight stands at just 169 kg which is something like 2 kilos more than the kerb weight of 390 Duke. Wet weight, on the other hand, is 189 kg which is still quite light when compared to the competition.

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The 790 Duke is like adding 20 kilos more to the 390 Duke and increase the power output to more than the double of it. KTM 390 Duke is cheap when compared to the international market because the bike is made in India. However, the 790 is brought to India via CKD route which has increased its price to Rs 8.5 lakh ex-showroom. We expected that the price would be near to Rs 7 lakh to bring value with the middleweight streetfighter. But it looks like KTM is looking for exclusivity from this Duke.

Moreover, this limited run could be a bid to clear the international stock as KTM is readying 890 Duke to fight with the likes of Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT09. Some reports say that India will also get the 890 Duke somewhere in 2021 or later. Let’s see what it holds for the 790 in the Indian market.

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