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The One They’re Waiting For? KTM 790 Duke

The all new 2018 790 Duke has a 105hp parallel twin engine which is also new. The Duke is a naked streetfighter with a tubular frame, a cast aluminum subframe and  the engine acts as a stressed component. The bike is light. It is going to feature more software than you can wave a riding glove at including riding modes, a track mode, ride-by-wire,  abs, traction control,  engine brake control and a quickshifter system. The bike is going to be light, fast and nimble. The only questions is whether this bike is the 790  model that riders are waiting for? The question is made especially significant as KTM while revealing  the new 790 Duke is also previewing a concept called the Adventure 790R. Think about that for a moment. Take all that good, light and fast stuff including the 105hp motor and put all of the above in an ADV bike that isn’t a behemoth. Is there anything about that equation that a serious ADV rider would not appreciate?  Despite how far KTM has excelled on the pavement, it is still the dirt side of the mix that holds the company’s DNA and for many the segment in which KTM has few equals. Yes the Adventure 790R is a “concept” bike but there would be few that would raise a hand if asked if the bike was going to stay that way.

Super Duke GT: The Beast Gets Friendly

KTM Super Duke GT

KTM Super Duke GT

Super Duke GT : KTM has unveiled an unusual yet intriguing model for 2016. Take the Super Duke R – one of the most powerful naked bikes on the market and make it just a little friendlier. Keep the 1301cc v-twin powerplant that makes the R so extremely potent, keep the style recognizable but add a larger adjustable fairing, saddlebags and more comfort for touring and the result is the Super Duke GT. Sure the goodies are still there if you don’t plan on leisurely touring – power modes, quickshifter, lean sensitive ABS and traction control but if your wrist gets tired from all that vigorous touring, there is also standard cruise control. Thank goodness for small mercies.

KTM Super Duke GT