2019 KTM 790 Duke:
The KTM 790 DUKE is devastatingly accurate. The agility you’d expect from a single, blended with the meaty punch of a twin. It carves corners with pinpoint precision, boasting the all-new 799 cc LC8c parallel twin motor nestled into one of the lightest and most compact chassis around. The KTM 790 DUKE is all about being fast where it counts – in the corners. Dynamically flicking from one bend to the next, putting you in the heart of the action and not on the sidelines.
2019 KTM 790 Duke Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2019 KTM 790 Duke Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
ENGINE & EXHAUST
At the dark core of the KTM 790 DUKE, lurks a compact 799 cc parallel-twin powerplant, just waiting to tear up a mountain pass or a short circuit. Boasting exceptional efficiency with class-leading power and torque, this new engine is a lightweight force to be reckoned with.
CLASS OF ITS OWN
Built for torque, this liquid cooled 8 valve, DOHC unit delivers 87 Nm at 8000 rpm, almost immediately followed by a roaring 105 hp finale. Meanwhile, an advanced ride-by-wire system guarantees great refinement as well as low fuel consumption and emission figures.
THE PERFECT NOISE
A stainless-steel thing of beauty. The middle damper centralizes mass and allows for a relatively small muffler that plays a dramatic soundtrack. Hundreds of test bench runs and complex simulations ensured that this exhaust system contributes decisively to the tractable torque curve and excellent emission standards.
The airbox sits snugly inside the subframe, with the air intake on the sides, allowing the bike to keep things cool while you gun it.
A large dose of the KTM 790 DUKE’s agility comes from the deftness of its lightweight chassis. While it uses its compact parallel twin engine as a structural and dynamic pivot point for quick responsiveness – it is the tubular steel frame, innovative cast aluminum subframe and swing arm that conspire with performance-oriented wheels, brakes and WP suspension to unleash a ride unlike any DUKE before it.
The incredible handling characteristics of the KTM 790 DUKE are founded on the dynamic, loadbearing design of the tubular chassis. Engineers had one goal in mind, and that was to keep the chassis as rigid and compact as possible for sharper turn-in and greater lean angles, allowing it to slice through the turns with extreme responsiveness.
WHEELS & SUSPENSION
POWER, MEET TARMAC
The KTM 790 DUKE is fitted with extremely lightweight, light-alloy wheels manufactured in a low-pressure die casting process. Not only do the lightweight wheels make the bike lighter overall, they also minimize the unsprung masses and moment of inertia, with a positive impact on the handling and ride dynamics.
PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS
Maximum deceleration is ensured at the front wheel on the KTM 790 DUKE by the two radially mounted four-piston fixed calipers and two 300 mm discs. The spacing between hand brake lever and handlebar is adjustable so that the lever is within easy reach for every rider. The front brake receives effective support from the disc brake on the rear wheel, which features a single disc and a single piston floating caliper. All this stopping power is supported by KTM’s Cornering ABS.
ERGONOMICS & COMFORT
Designed to deliver confidence-inspiring control for a wide range of potential riders, the KTM 790 DUKE’s sleek body offers the ease-of-movement needed to effortlessly direct The Scalpel’s dynamic movements out on the ride, while still allowing fine adjustability for comfort – whatever your skill level.
TAKE THE REINS
A tapered aluminum, 760 mm wide handlebar puts you in full control. It’s adjustable, with 4 positions on the triple clamp and can be rotated in three further positions for that perfect riding position.
Cast from aluminum, the footpegs fitted to the KTM 790 DUKE cater to a comfortable riding position, while still creating maximum ground clearance allowing for impressive lean angles. Reverse (race) shifting is possible without any additional parts. Adjustable footpegs are also available as a KTM POWERPARTS option for those who would like go all out.
TAKE YOUR SEAT
At 825 mm, both shorter and taller riders can enjoy the bike at full tilt, without losing sight of the daily usability. The seat cover is grippy but still allows the rider to move around the bike easily. It has been developed to work with textile and leather, in keeping with the wide range of riders and riding styles. The pillion seat cover uses the same material and combines sharp looks with passenger comfort. 805 mm is possible with the lower KTM PowerParts seat.
BODYWORK & GRAPHICS
The hunkered-down aggressive stance of the KTM 790 DUKE is intimidating to all who cross its path. It clearly takes some of its design cues from the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R – most obvious being the unique headlight ‘face-mask’. Its distinctive sharp lines and compact 11/13 proportions are set off by signature KTM graphics, which leave no doubt as to its road-dominating intentions.
TRIM PARTS / DECALS
A multicolor combination of relevant information, presented in an uncluttered way. As you rev the engine, the display bars change color, either spurring you on or warning you that the engine’s still cold. The display also automatically adapts its illumination to the ambient light and gets racy when TRACK mode is selected.
SOFTWARE & ELECTRONICS
The KTM 790 DUKE might carry some muscle and grit, but it also comes with some serious brainpower as standard. Delivery of the 78 kW (105 hp) and 87 Nm is efficiently controlled by advanced electronics and next-generation rider aids. Even when you’re flirting with the limit, KTM’s combination of the most advanced software and electronics in the world of motorcycling allow you to easily select the level and degree of assistance needed to maximize your thrill factor out on any ride. All you have to do is focus on the road ahead – and hold on tight.
2019 KTM 790 Duke – Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 10499 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for Pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU
|ENGINE TYPE||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC Parallel twin|
|BORE / STROKE||88 / 65.7 mm|
|POWER||77 kW (105 hp) @ 9,000 rpm|
|TORQUE||86 Nm @ 8,000 rpm|
|STARTER / BATTERY||Electric starter|
|FUEL SYSTEM||DKK Dell’Orto (throttle body 42 mm)|
|CONTROL||8 V / DOHC|
|LUBRICATION||Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps|
|ENGINE OIL||Motorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50|
|COOLING||Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger|
|CLUTCH||Cable operated PASC™|
|ENGINE MANAGEMENT / IGNITION||Bosch EMS with RBW|
|TRACTION CONTROL||MTC (3-mode + ‘Track’ mode, disengageable)|
|FRAME||CrMo-steel frame with engine as stressed element, powder coated|
|SUBFRAME||Aluminum, powder coated|
|HANDLEBAR||Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28 / 22 mm|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||WP USD Ø 43 mm|
|REAR SUSPENSION||WP shock absorber|
|SUSPENSION TRAVEL FRONT / REAR||140 / 150 mm|
|FRONT BRAKE||2 × radially mounted 4 piston caliper, brake disc Ø 300 mm|
|REAR BRAKE||2 piston caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm|
|ABS||Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and supermoto mode, disengageable)|
|WHEELS FRONT / REAR||Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 × 17″, 5.50 × 17″|
|TIRES FRONT / REAR||120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17|
|SILENCER||Full stainless steel|
|STEERING HEAD ANGLE||66°|
|WHEEL BASE||1,475 ± 15 mm|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||186 mm|
|SEAT HEIGHT||825 mm|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||approx. 14 liters|
|DRY WEIGHT||approx. 169 kg|
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