We know that we can expect a finalized version of the KTM 790 Duke at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the streetfighter model has been caught testing by spy photographers.
The bike’s parallel-twin engine can clearly be spotted in the pictures, tipping us to its model, and many of the lines from the prototype machine remain, as further clues. Though, noticeable differences include a new tail section design, different exhaust, as well as a headlight.
The headlight is clearly derived from KTM’s new design language, and its shape mimics what we’ve seen already added to the Duke, Super Duke, and Adventure lineup. The KTM 790 Duke prototype hinted that we would see a similar face in the new hoon-machine, so no surprises there.
A bit more surprising though is how watered-down the tail section has become. Gone are the edgy lines of the concept, along with its gorgeous undertail exhaust. Instead, we see something that looks like it would belong on sport-tourer or similarly flavorless UJM.
This change will surely be a disappointment to many riders. While the design does look fairly polished and ready for production, we will have to of course what and see what the final version looks like at EICMA – there’s a lot of time between now and then.
We also have yet to see any technical specs from KTM on this model, which could make things very interesting. As we’re fond of saying, time will tell.