For KTM, the 2016 EICMA show is all about the Duke line of streetfighters. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R got a pretty sizable upgrade for 2017, the KTM 690 Duke received a facelift, and the KTM 390 Duke is now easily the best bike in its class.
The Austrians didn’t stop there though, they also gave us a taste of what is still to come for the Duke brand, teasing us with the KTM 790 Duke prototype.
Rumored heavily before the new bike season, this “KTM 800 Duke” features an 800cc parallel-twin engine, slapped into an upright motard-esque chassis.
The Kendo-styled LED headlight that’s finding its way into the entire KTM range features here as well, though that is hardly the most radical part of the 790 Duke’s design – checkout the undertail exhaust, which probably spit plums of fire before the lawyers got ahold of it.
The KTM 790 Duke Prototype takes some obvious cues from the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, but also has a feel that goes all the way back to the original Duke models.
With the 800cc street bike category one of the largest in the world, it has been a long time coming for KTM to enter this space. Keep an eye out for the production version of the KTM 790 Duke at next year’s EICMA show, as a 2018 model.
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