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KTM 790 Duke

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Key specs
  • Displacement799 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported40 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 8,63,558

KTM 790 Duke is now discontinued in India.

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KTM 790 Duke Summary

790 Duke key highlights

Engine Capacity 799 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 40 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres
Seat Height 825 mm
Max Power 101.8 bhp

About 790 Duke

The 790 Duke, also known as the Scalpel, is KTM’s flagship offering for the Indian market. The street naked borrows the sharp styling and features from its elder sibling, the 1290 Super Duke which is sold by KTM in the international markets. The 790 Duke has aggressive lines along with a minimalistic look that is projected from every angle the bike is perceived. It has KTM’s signature split-LED headlamp unit, a full-colour TFT display and a high-set exhaust canister that gives it a hooligan appeal.

Built around a steel trellis frame and aluminium sub-frame, the 790 Duke draws its power from a 799cc parallel-twin unit that has been tuned by KTM to churn out some exciting figures. Mated to a slick six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and bi-directional quickshifter, the engine is capable of pumping out 105bhp and 86Nm. To keep that brute force in check, the 790 Duke come with an array of electric aids which includes lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, launch and wheelie control along with riding modes that include a ‘Supermoto’ mode that turns off ABS at the rear wheel, allowing the rider to get the tail out while cornering.

Cycle parts include premium 43mm WP inverted forks up front and a pre-loaded adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking is done by twin rotors at the front and a single rotor for the rear. KTM offers the 790 Duke in two liveries of orange and black.

Competition wise, the KTM 790 Duke locks horns with other street nakeds like the Triumph Street Triple RS, Suzuki GSX-S750, Yamaha MT-09 and the Ducati Monster 821 in India.
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KTM 790 Duke Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Packs a powerful and refined parallel-twin motor
    • Compact dimensions and light weight aid in handling
    • Equipped with top-notch electronics
  • Could be Better

    • Rear suspension gets only pre-load adjustability
    • Lacks wind protection
    • Stiff suspension results in bumpy ride on bad roads

BikeWale's Take

The KTM 790 Duke is the Austrian manufacturer's flagship product in India. Although it sports a styling similar to the 390 Duke, the 790’s ballistic acceleration, incredible handling and top-class electronics can give any middle-weight street naked a run for its money. 

KTM 790 Duke Review

KTM calls the 790 Duke the ‘Scalpel’, for its razor-sharp handling capabilities. But is that aspect enough to keep one hooked onto this street bike when considering day-to-day saddle time?

Introduction

KTM 790 Duke Action

Pros: Razor sharp handling, potent mid-range, electronic gadgetry 

Cons: Lacks premium feel, limited suspension adjustment

The 790 Duke is what truly defines a KTM. It is the first motorcycle in the bike maker’s portfolio to get a parallel-twin motor. Till now it had been producing singles and V-twins for its motorcycles in India. Also, the 790 has been available in the international market for about three years, following which, KTM has finally brought the motorcycle to Indian shores.

KTM 790 Duke Right Front Three Quarter

KTM refers to the 790 Duke as the ‘Scalpel’ for its razor-sharp handling capabilities. But is that aspect enough to keep one hooked onto this street bike when considering day-to-day saddle time? We had this motorcycle with us for a couple of days and have managed to traverse the motorcycle on open roads, city roads and even through streets clogged with traffic. So, does the Scalpel make it or break it in our road test review, let’s find out!

Quality

KTM 790 Duke Left Side View

The 790 costs a little under Rs 10 lakhs on-road in New Delhi. And for that kind of money, it isn’t a cheap motorcycle. KTM has given the 790 a very minimalistic look which is prominent from every angle. Except for the fuel tank, there is hardly any metalwork or plastic around the motorcycle. The styling is similar to other naked models by KTM and someone can mistake the 790 for a much-cheaper 390 Duke. Quite a downside when you’re shelling out a good load of money.

KTM 790 Duke Side Indicators

But, looks aside, there is a lot to be appreciated about this motorcycle. Unlike other road-going KTM models sold in the market which feature a trellis frame, the 790 gets a two-spar tubular frame with the engine acting as a stressed member. It is accompanied by an exposed cast aluminium subframe which combines in keeping the weight low. Besides that, the adjustable levers for the clutch and brake, an easy to operate switchgear, grippy seat texture and well-finished pedals are the factors that speak of quality where needed.

Comfort

KTM 790 Duke Action

The first thing you’ll notice right after taking the 790 off the stand is its weight. Tipping the scale at 187kg (kerb), it is on par with the Street Triple RS, but feels notably lighter on the move. The seat height is set at 825mm which can be a matter of concern for someone whose height is less than mine, which is 5ft 6in. Once on the bike, there is a lot of room to move on the seat. The way the seat contours with the fuel tank provides a narrow waistline giving ample space to tuck the knees.

Next is the riding triangle. The flat single-piece handlebar, rear-set footpegs provide an aggressive yet upright riding position which is quite comfortable. Meanwhile, the seat is typical KTM-type cushion-wise, manageable for a full day of riding.

KTM 790 Duke Rear Suspension

The 790 comes with non-adjustable inverted forks up front and a monoshock at the rear with preload adjustment. Despite the firm setup, the bike handles road undulations, bumps, cuts and minor potholes well. At higher speeds, the setup provides a strong feedback as to what is happening at the wheels and how much one can push further. Due to the communicative setup, there is sufficient time to realise and take corrective action if needed.

Performance

KTM 790 Duke Action

The 799cc liquid-cooled twin-mill is an absolute gem. The eagerness on opening the throttle and the availability of the strong torque-curve from the mid-range is pure delight and highly addictive. Just open the throttle hard after exiting the corner and the front starts to lift as it just skimps the road surface giving a crazy adrenaline rush.

Another aspect about this motor is how vibration-free it is while running. Thanks to the dual-countershafts, the vibrations don’t feel bothersome at any point across the rev-band. There is a buzz felt at the seat and on the bar as the revs go up, which is normal. 

KTM 790 Duke Action

Given the limited availability of open roads, we managed to clock 205kmph before the fifth cog could hit the rev limiter. Meanwhile in the city, the 790 isn’t like its smaller siblings that need frequent gearshifts to prevent the engine from juddering. Fourth gear with 30kmph is possible and so is sixth gear at 50kmph.

KTM 790 Duke Action

When attacking twisties, the 790 is an absolute hoot. With the right entry speed and intended line, this Duke will take you through it as if it’s on the rails. The grip levels from the Maxxis tyres and suspension setup keep the bike planted while asking for more speed and lean with more time spent on the saddle. In the city, the 790 Duke can switch lanes on a dime and the acute cornering radius allows you to take u-turns without breaking a sweat. 

KTM 790 Duke Front Brake

The J.Juan brakes with KTM branding are a big assuring factor. Even with one-finger operation, there is a strong bite with a progression that lets you modulate the intensity even while cornering.

Technology

KTM 790 Duke Instrument cluster

One of the biggest USPs of the 790 Duke is its electronics package. It comes with four riding modes - Rain, Road, Sport and Track, each with increasing level of throttle sensitivity and lesser intervention of traction control. It is only in the Rain mode, that the peak power output which stands at 105bhp is reduced for better traction and rideability. The Track mode allows complete customisation on the level of traction control along with anti-wheelie and launch control settings. There’s lean-sensitive ABS which lets the rider apply the brake with harder intensity in the mid-corner phase, should the need arise. Next, is the bi-directional quick-shifter that works like an absolute charm especially when downshifting, thanks to the crisp auto-blipping of the throttle. There’s also the TFT colour screen for the user-friendly instrument console.

Fuel Efficiency

KTM 790 Duke Fuel Filler Lid

The 790 Duke is a motorcycle that you simply fuel up and enjoy. Nevertheless, to give a figure on its fuel efficiency, we managed to achieve 18.1kmpl in the city on our designated test route. With a fuel tank capacity of 14-litre, the 790 cango about 250km before running dry.

Fitness of Purpose

KTM 790 Duke Action

The KTM 790 Duke is a street naked and a maniac one at that. Its main reason for existence is to offer that rush of adrenaline, to convey a sense of hooliganism that you don’t want to mess with and to readily take on the corners as if there is only one path left.

On the other hand, you can do a full day of riding, easily commute in the city with a pillion, brake hard, scalpel your way through traffic and pop wheelies at traffic lights.

Our Take

KTM 790 Duke Front view

Yes, the 790 Duke is feisty and demands an equivalent amount of respect and skill to tame it. However, it also possesses the kind of electronic gadgetry which covers up the rider’s mistakes by a considerable margin. For its price, it has all that you need for a perfectly rideable motorcycle but not so much in terms of finish and appeal. It is a motorcycle that wants to be ridden hard and doesn’t give a dam about how gorgeous or striking it looks. And if that is what you’re looking for, the 790 Duke a.k.a. the Scalpel is the one you’d want in your garage.

Photography by Kapil Angane and Kaustubh Gandhi

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KTM 790 Duke mileage

As reported by 790 Duke owners, the real mileage of KTM 790 Duke is 40 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 101.8 bhp

    Max Torque 87 Nm @ 8,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 799 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 65.7 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.7:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch PASC antihopping clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 560 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 40 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Switchable ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston Radial Fixed, Rear-Single Piston Floating

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

    Rear Suspension WP shock absorber with preload adjuster

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight --

    Overall Length 2,128 mm

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,475 mm

    Ground Clearance 186 mm

    Seat Height 825 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel Frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

    Standard Warranty --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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KTM 790 Duke User Reviews

4.7 33 ratings 4 reviews
  • 3

    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

  • 4

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  •  5Monster but not better then kawasaki z900 1 year ago by Anmol Raghuwanshi, Bhopal

    It is a monster bike it can beat any bike in acceleration it can beat z900 in acceleration but in top speed it can not beat z900 if you are buying a bike at 10 lakh on road then it must have 4 cylinder but duke has just two don't buy ktm bikes at this price point i am g

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      16 kmpl

  •  2Unacceptable 1 year ago by Clinton, Goa

    Good power excellent throttle response. Too much of abnormal tappet noise. Poor quality side lights. Maintenance cost is sky high no free services provided. As far as looks go its not worth the price to be payed. Not at all recommended on daily commute totally burns a h

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      10 kmpl

  •  5Its amazing bike 1 year ago by Bhupendra Singh Sarpraj, Pathalgaon

    Its a good looking bike and amazing for speed this bike is perfect for racing and it was very prefect for me this bike to ride in my dream i want to buy this bike but this is very costly for me, i can't buy it. but my target is ride this bike in future and i want to goi

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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  •  3Overall experience 1 year ago by Apoorv, Mumbai

    Buying experience 5 was overall good Riding experience is kind of satisfactory. Looks wise it is awesome. Servicing and maintenance will cause you a little trouble since its high. Sometimes you might get back pain though. The backseat of the bike is not way too up nor w

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    • Owned for

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    • Ridden for

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    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

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