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Want to ter­rorise the streets of your city? The 790 Duke is what you’ve been wait­ing for

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THE 790 DUKE IS pos­si­bly the most ex­cit­ing mo­tor­cy­cle to be show­cased at EICMA 2017 af­ter the Pani­gale V4. The fact that it is headed to In­dia makes it even more ex­cit­ing. Yep, you heard that right – KTM is fi­nally bringing in some­thing big­ger than the 390s! In fact, the bikes will be as­sem­bled (if not man­u­fac­tured) at Ba­jaj’s Chakan fa­cil­ity.

The party piece here is the par­al­lel twin, un­like the sin­gle cylin­der unit of the 690. It makes 103.25bhp and 86Nm, hooked up to a six-speed gear­box. It shares its 43mm WP USD forks with the 390 and gets a WP monoshock at the rear as well. It also gets plenty of elec­tron­ics – cor­ner­ing ABS, trac­tion con­trol that takes lean an­gle in to ac­count, and a Bosch en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem. It also gets a quick­shifter and launch con­trol.

Nick­named the ‘Scalpel’, it has a 24-de­gree rake an­gle – the sharpest of any Duke yet. It also gets a steer­ing damper, twin 300mm ro­tors up front and a 240mm one at the rear. This bike weighs just 169 ki­los and will be a hand­ful (also mad fun!) when it gets here. Ex­pect it around late 2018/ early 2019.

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