AN ALL NEW 799cc LC8c (compact) parallel twin engine bolted to a lightweight frame in the new 790 Duke gives the midsize class enthusiasts something more to think about, especially those headed to the track on a somewhat regular basis. KTM reports 105 horsepower and 87 Nm torque (at the crankshaft), from the 8-valve DOHC engine, and calls it the most compact twin in its class, which means this one is likely to be a middleweight monster at the track.
The company says the engine was tuned for torque, for good rideable power, with a strong top end to match the sporty character of the bike. Power delivery is effi ciently controlled by advanced electronics and state-of-the-art rider aids. WP suspension brings high level adjustability. The KTM 790 DUKE comes with modern electronics, standard, to easily navigate through options and gather data. Riders can choose from four ride modes: Sport, for more aggressive riding; Street, for everyday urban riding, Rain, for ultimate traction and control in slippery conditions; and, Track, for full power output, Launch Control, increased throttle response and the ability to disengage the antiwheelie function for rear-wheel antics. ktmusa.com »