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KTM 790 Duke launched in India for Rs 8,63,945 ex-showroom pan India

The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM has launched another hooligan of a bike the KTM 790 Duke in the Indian market. This 800cc parallel-twin naked streetfighter carries a price tag of Rs 8.64 lakh ex-showroom, pan India.

In the first phase, the Duke 790 will be available in only 9 metro cities as of now. By April 2020, 30+ cities will be added in the list of Duke 790 availability. These cities are – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Surat, Guwahati, and Chennai.

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The company is offering the middleweight bike via an attractive finance scheme wherein you will be paying Rs 1.7 lakh as downpayment and take home the beast. Followed by a 5-year EMI of Rs 19,000 at 7.75% interest per annum. This includes registration and insurance charges as well.

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.

Also Read: Suzuki GSX S750 launched for Rs 7.46 lakh

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.

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Speaking about the price and positioning, the KTM 790 Duke is quite expensive when taken a glance at its rivals. The Cheapest of the lot is Suzuki GSX S750 which carries a price tag of Rs 7.46 lakh ex-showroom. Next, you have the Dracula, I mean Kawasaki Z900 which will set you back Rs 7.68 lakh ex-showroom. Triumph Speed Triple cannot be forgotten too as it is an exotic British triple and is priced at Rs 9.20 lakh ex-showroom.

KTM might have played it well as Duke brand as too much hype in India. There are several reports which are stating that KTM is looking to sell 150 units of BS4 Duke 790 before switching to BS6 engines after April 2020.

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