KTM 790 Duke
KTM’S 790 Duke has the legs for distance
THE FUNKY NATURE of the Scalpel’s peaky parallel-twin engine character combined with its agile chassis has generally encouraged me to employ an enthusiastic riding style and less-than-subtle throttle technique but the sporty roadster has consistently hit over 50mpg. Back in the summer, the KTM’S neck was wrung on trackdays and even then, the bike achieved more than 35mpg.
So this month I thought I’d put a more economic riding style into practice and see what effects it would have. However, I didn’t want to change anything too drastically and keep it reasonably ‘real world’ so I did not use a racing crouch, slip-stream lorries or coast along with the clutch in. What I did do is accelerate from standstill progressively yet
steadily and shift gears no higher than 6000rpm and, in national speed limit zones, I kept the speedo between 65 and 70mph. The results were pretty impressive; my best was 202 miles on one tank, achieving a genuine 70mpg (the 790’s computer claimed a more-optimistic 78.4mpg). So in the scenario of long-haul runs or trips with tourers, the KTM wouldn’t be holding the others up with fuel stops. JIMMY DOHERTY