We recently attended the launch of the all-new KTM 790 Duke, now available in South Africa. Dubbed The Scalpel, this bike slices its way into the market in true Ready To Race style and sits competitive on the naked bike class between 600 and 900cc.
Not only does the 790 Duke look the part, it has the performance delivery to match. The confidence inspiring machine delivers a thrilling ride and is as happy commuting to work as it is chasing down a set of twisty turns.
Boasting cutting edge design, incredible agile handling and leading levels of performance, the bike had media in a frenzy during test rides at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Banter around the track proved that this bike surpassed everyones expectations with its look, feel, handling, performance and especially its sound.
KTM combined a light, state-of-the-art chassis with the new LC8c engine. The up and down quickshifter is a treat. Customized ride modes and personalized traction control are a win.
KTM 790 Duke Rider Aids Include:
Ride Modes – regulate the performance output and the ‘character’ of the motorcycle according to riders’ preference.
» Sport: has the most direct throttle control, allows respectable drifts and a perceptible amount of slippage.
» Street: keeps things smooth for comfortable, controllable riding.
» Rain: is all about early intervention and maximum grip in the wet
» Track: customize your ride, dial down the traction control, smooth out the throttle, switch off the anti-wheelie.
Track Mode – offers unlimited thrills and features launch control, slip adjuster, free choice of throttle response control and allows you to pull epic wheelies.
Motorcycle Traction Control
Quickshifter + – allows slick, clutchless up- and downshifts under any load. It reads and responds to your riding, so the shift action is fast when you are, but buttery smooth at half-throttle.
Motor Slip Regulation
Supermoto Mode – allows the rider to block the rear wheel – a prerequisite for committed Supermoto riding and deliberately executed slides. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel, even in this mode.
Motorcycle Stability Control with Cornering ABS
One of the most important factors from KTM when it comes to the KTM 790 Duke is that all of the above mentioned attributes, and more, must be delivered at a reasonable price.
The KTM 790 Duke is available now for R147 999,00.
For more info and to find a dealer new you, visit the Website.
Photos supplied by KTM and ZC Marketing Consulting.