KTM has unveiled the 2023 iteration of its middleweight roadster motorcycle, the 790 Duke for the international markets. This model will be sold in A2-compliant form in Europe. Meanwhile, its Indian launch details are not available yet. While we await that information, here we explain the 2023 KTM 790 Duke in detail.
The 2023 KTM 790 Duke retains the 799cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine. While the standard version of the motorcycle will deliver 103bhp, the A2-compliant model will produce a relatively lower output of 94bhp. The A2 model will be sold in the European markets only. This motor is linked to a six-speed gearbox with an assist and a slipper clutch mechanism and a bidirectional quickshifter. Further, riders can convert the gear lever for reverse (race) shifting without any additional parts.
Styling and Colours
The styling remains unaltered and the 2023 790 Duke retains the sharp design that comprises a split-style headlight with body-coloured mask, a muscular fuel tank, a split-style seat, and a tall-set exhaust. While the 2023 version will be available in two colourways – grey and orange, the company has also tweaked the graphics on it.
The feature list, too, remains similar to its predecessor and this motorcycle continues to pack full-LED lighting, Bluetooth-enabled colour TFT display, ride-by-wire throttle, three ride modes with the optional Track mode, traction control system, bidirectional quickshifter, motor slip regulator, and cornering ABS. The motorcycle also gets a four-way adjustable handlebar and adjustable clutch and brake levers.
The motorcycle is built around a chromium-molybdenum-steel frame that uses the engine as a stressed element, a cast aluminium sub-frame, and a die-cast swingarm. The suspension tasks are handled by WP-sourced 43mm upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable WP rear mono-shock. Further, the braking setup on the motorcycle comprises twin 300mm rotors at the front and a single 240mm disc at the back. The seat height of the standard model is 825mm tall while an optional 805mm saddle is available via the PowerParts catalogue.
This model will serve as the A2 license-compatible entry point to the KTM mid-weight range. It will also be sold in several international markets alongside the more premium 890 Duke series. Meanwhile, its Indian launch details are not available yet. However, we do not expect to see this motorcycle in our market in the near future.