Style refugee 1
The bike wrapped around the battery box and electric motor is essentially a 2016-model 390 Duke. The fact KTM are using the 390 is indicative of the scale and intent of the new bike, while also proving that this is already a small enough package to make sense as an urban commuter. The overall direction couldn’t be clearer.
Complete control 2
The fact that it clearly has a conventional hydraulic clutch and a gear lever, suggests that this is a manually geared bike. Normality continues to reign with a standard front brake master cylinder operating a stock BYBRE twin-piston caliper, and the standard single-piston caliper rear brake arrangement.
3 Mixing electric and water
Hanging off the right of the motor is a radiator. It’s conceivable that this is cooling a water jacket for both the motor and the batteries, aimed at controlling the draining effects of heat – which is a serious blight for electric bikes. What is certain is that it’ll be cooling the motor – just as KTM already do with the E-ride motors.
4 Power plant
The motor bears no resemblance to the E-ride models. Clearly water-cooled, there is an oil filler cap on the clutch housing, suggesting the gearbox and clutch are conventional. The slab-sided box above the motor, and comprising the bike’s monocoque chassis, is the battery box. The rear subframe is a conventional trellis unit.
5 Cutting a dash
The flat TFT dash is taken from the latest 690 Duke, but visible mounted on the bar clamp is an electrical control unit that’s identical to that used on the E-ride production bikes. It displays battery condition, charge, and riding mode – with the rider able to select between three different power modes.
This could be the future of urban motorcycling