KTM 790 the best adventure bike in India, decided that it didn’t have enough of a presence in the middleweight segment, and so the single-cylinder 690 Duke is joined by the 790 Duke, powered by the firm’s first parallel twin motor. The 790 Duke combines light weight at 169kg dry, with massive power (103bhp) and a compact size – so compact in fact that it could fool people into believing it was a 400cc bike rather than an almost 800cc one. It gets a lot of kit as standard – a six-axis IMU linked to the brakes and traction control, and a two-way quickshifter with a slipper clutch. The engine is a stressed member of the frame, to keep weight down. The throttle is ride-by-wire, meaning we can expect ride modes to be present, and as with the 390 Duke, an ‘off’ as well as ‘Enduro’ mode for the ABS system. All the information will be displayed on a colour TFT screen and Bluetooth will be present as well. The options list is a mile long for the 790 Duke in global markets; it remains to be seen how many of those accessories will make their way to the Indian market in an official capacity.
Luckily for us, there are plans to assemble it at the Bajaj-KTM facility in Chakan outside Pune, meaning the one thing that endears us to KTMs above all else will be retained – a thrilling performance-to-price ratio.