We continue our (Virtual) tour of the 2016 EICMA in Milan, we decided to check the Austrian Manufacturer KTM, which unveiled some new bikes for 2017.
After the unveil of the new KTM Adventure line-up at the 2016 Intermot of Cologne in Germany, KTM needed to answer some question regarding his 2017 Duke (Naked) line-up, and the answer is right here behind your displays: 125 and 390,1290 SuperDuke R, and last but not least the KTM 790 DUKE PROTOTYPE.
WHAT NEW ON THESE DUKE
The 125 and 390 DUKE look pretty much like a 1290 SuperDuke R, but they also received some new features like a high-tech TFT display, an LED headlight and new brakes, both have WP open-cartridge front forks and optional extra ‘KTM MY RIDE’ (smart phone connectivity), both bike are EURO4 compliant.
The Big 1290 SuperDuke R or the Beast 2.0 as KTM like to call it, is slightly different from the current model, and if you look closely you’ll find that the front headlight is completely different from the current model, it’s now a full LED headlight unit, the engine was fine tuned to match the EURO4 regulation and lost 3hp in the process, in the ergonomic part we have wider, lower handlebar, but something is getting me crazy in this bike: at this level and with this price tag we still don’t have a quick shifter as a standard feature!!!.
KTM 790 DUKE PROTOTYPE
KTM want to fill the gap in his Duke line up with another beast, the 790 DUKE, it was unveiled as a prototype but expect to see the production bike to look almost like this Prototype (remember the 1290 superduke R prototype), this middleweight naked bike is equipped with a new LC8c, the “C” stand for compact, in fact it’s a completely new 790cc inline twin engine, of course we don’t know power figure yet, but we do know that the 790 Duke will be fitted with the latest electronics aids, the same goes for the suspension from WP of course, the frame is the usual trellis but coupled to a beautiful machined aluminum subframe and tail cowl, and to make you dream about this 790 Duke KTM mention that both the exhaust system and triple clamp are 3D printed.
We hope to know more about the KTM 790 DUKE in the feature, and make sure you stay tuned in MCR.