We are rapidly coming to the conclusion that the new KTM 790 Duke is the bike of this year’s EICMA show.
Making a potent 105hp from its 799cc parallel-twin engine, packed into a 418 lbs (wet)steel trellis body, the 2018 KTM 790 Duke brings a host of features to the middleweight sport bike category.
In typical KTM fashion, the 790 Duke left no angle behind in its high school honors geometry course, and the LED headlight builds upon the common design features that KTM has been putting together on its street-going machines.
Not quite the vision that was the KTM 790 Duke prototype, the production model still evokes the same emotions, and is handsome in its own right – allaying our fears when seeing spy shots of the machine.
Adding a TFT dash, IMU-powered traction control, cornering ABS, launch control, and an up-and-down quickshifter are all strong moves from the “Ready to Race” brand, making the KTM 790 Duke have not only the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, but it is also one of the most feature-packed.
Set to arrive in March 2018 in the European markets, we got word from KTM USA that the 790 Duke would disappointingly come to the United States as a 2019 model year machine.
That means it could be a long wait before Americans will see the KTM 790 Duke up-close. So. until then, we have 75 ridiculously high-resolution photos of the
2018 2019 KTM 790 Duke for you to enjoy.
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