Current Generation KTM 390 Duke
The upcoming KTM Duke motorcycle, reportedly a 125, was recently snapped by motoring paparazzi on European tarmac and the test mule appeared to be an almost production ready unit with minimal camouflage. The report by motoring website VisorDown claims that the test mule in the image is of a KTM 125 Duke but we were slightly apprehensive due to the Metzeler tyres on the motorcycle. That being said, the current KTM 125, 200 and 390 trio have a near identical design and thus it would be safe to assume that the next generation motorcycles would carry the same trait. Ergonomics are not likely to undergo massive change either.
Visually, as seen in the latest spy image, the 2017 Duke series will be completely overhauled to make it a 1290 SuperDuke doppelganger. The new headlight design and LED blinkers’ position is identical to the 1290 SuperDuke. Previously we saw a split headlight design. This time though, the headlight seems to have some plastic cover to hide the finer details. The instrument cluster positioning and design too — as seen from this specific angle — is near identical to the 1290 SuperDuke.
The motorcycle continues to use a flat handlebar however, as seen in the previous spy image, the bar is painted black unlike the current gen silver treatment. Other 1290 SuperDuke design cues include bolted tank shrouds, exposed sub-frame with contrasting colour and a minimal rear panel.
The upcoming KTM Duke series is also likey to undergo mechanical changes to comply with the new European emission regulations which are scheduled to kick-in from 2017. The performance numbers though are not expected to change by a massive margin. Speaking specifically about the India bound 200 Duke and 390 Duke, expect the numbers to be in the range of 25-27 PS and 44-46 PS respectively.
Current Generation KTM Duke 125
We hope to hear some official details about the 2017 KTM Duke series at the 74th EICMA motor show scheduled in November 2016. Meanwhile, all we can do is drool upon this spy image as we wait for the final product. Do let us know your views about the motorcycle though the comments section below.
Image Source: VisorDown