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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

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