EICMA 2017: KTM which had
launched the KTM 790 Duke prototype model last year, now got in the final
version. The brand new naked KTM 790 Duke is powered by a 799 cc twin-cylinder
engine with 105 hp at 9.000 rpm, generating max torque of 86 Nm at 8.000 rpm.
The steel trellis frame, a classic choice by KTM, is combined with the die-cast
aluminum rear sub-frame which held seat and tail.
The electronics is highly
developed: the multi-mapping Ride by Wire is combined with an up-and-down
quickshifter and with traction control, managing with the lean angle. ABS
Cornering is available as standard. WP suspensions, 43 mm USD fork and an
adjustable monoshock absorber complete the package.
The new KTM 790 Duke was
unveiled along with a KTM 790 Adventure R prototype, hinting how the Austrian
firm’s model line-up will further expand, thanks to a completely new engine
generation with its 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant.
For record’s sake, India’s
Bajaj Auto is a significant shareholder in the Austrian motorcycle company KTM.
The KTM 790 Duke delivers 105 hp and 86 Nm of torque from the extremely compact
and all-new LC8c parallel twin engine with an unrivalled electronics package.
The KTM 790 Adventure R
prototype, with its high dashboard tower, single seat, tiny LED lights and
low-slung fuel tanks, is clearly inspired by the KTM Rally machines that
dominate competition the world over. The LC8c punches hard from inside its
lightweight and extremely rugged chassis, complete with top-quality WP
Suspension components front and rear.
KTM also presented an entirely
new generation KTM 450 Rally in a bid to claim a seventeenth consecutive Rally
Dakar victory. Representing two years of intense development and debuted at the
OiLibya Rallye Maroc in October 2017, the bike is faster and lighter while
being more agile and stable. Wrapped in new bodywork and housed in a bespoke,
freshly developed chassis is a new 450cc single cylinder engine. Controlled by
a new engine management system and a revised throttle body, the result is
better peak performance and improved throttle response. And in the true KTM
style and for non-factory pilots, a customer version KTM 450 Rally Replica will
become available during 2018.
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