KTM is all geared up to fill the void between the 690 Duke and the 1290 Duke. Their 800cc street fighter was spotted doing rounds during a public road test. The stance and the riding position suggests that the bike belongs to the Duke clan. Previously there were reports about the Austrian bike maker planning to build 500cc and 800cc parallel twin engines drifting over the internet. The bike flaunts a new engine architecture, therefore we can expect this bike to be powered by the newly developed powerplant. The bike also features a new Duke chassis, which supports the hunch that this will be the 2017 KTM 890 Duke. Therefore it’d be safe to assume that this prototype points to the 890 Duke.
Visually the bike reveals a lot about itself, and displays a host of new features.The new engine is housed in its steel trellis subframe. At the front the bike is equipped with WP suspension forks and radial-mount Brembo brake setup. The rear is assisted by a suspension tech from WP. It is rumoured that a semi-active suspension may be offered as an optional upgrade. Apart from these tech-mech, the bike carries bits from the 690 Duke such as the head unit, tail lamp and the swing arm.
Highlights of the spotted 2017 KTM 890 Duke
- A new engine based on compact architecture of a modern inline twin-cylinder setup
- New Duke Chassis
- Countershaft sprocket positioned directly behind of the crankshaft location.
- Double-overhead cams with four valves per cylinder
- Fuel injection
- Wheel-speed sensors
- Anti-lock Braking System
- Typical 120/70 and 180/55 17-incher, tyre and wheel setup
- New exhaust system.
Earlier in an event in India, officials from KTM mentioned new mid-sized bikes will be produced in India for the Indian market to save some taxes. So we can very well expect that these bike will roll out from Bajaj’s manufacturing plant in Chakan and bear a lower price than the ones from Austria.