KTM Begins Teasing a New Duke, But Which Is It?

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EICMA is only a few days away, so it is not surprising to see some last-minute teaser campaigns popping up on the internet. We already saw one earlier today from KTM’s sister-brand, Husqvarna.

In it, the 2017 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen was teased, which will be one of two new street models launched at EICMA, along with one concept bike.

For KTM, we expect a bevy of street models at EICMA, especially from the company’s Duke range. The Austrian brand acknowledges as much, though it is tough to tell which bike they are trying to hype in this bracket, as there are several possibilities.

For the 2017 model year, we expect to see the debut of the KTM 800 Duke, a two-cylinder street bike that picks up where the Husqvarna Nuda 900 left off. This parallel-twin machine is expected to be KTM’s big debut at EICMA, and is likely the subject of KTM’s teaser video.

However, we do expect two more Duke model launches, as both the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and KTM 390 Duke are expected to get a refreshes for the upcoming model year.

The KTM 390 Duke will almost certainly share the kendo helmet headlight that was debuted at INTERMOT on the KTM 1290 Adventure R, and we expect that design language to make its way through the KTM street lineup.

Changes to the KMT 1290 Super Duke R might be more subtle though, with evolution, not revolution expected to come to the beastly streetfighter. Improved switchgear and components seems to be the fate of the 2017 Super Duke.

We won’t have to speculate for too long though, as we will see KTM’s new models on Tuesday, November 8th. Stay tuned to Asphalt & Rubber for those unveils, along with the rest of our EICMA coverage from Milan, Italy.

Source: KTM