In a curious move, KTM has announced the return of the 790 Duke model, which will officially return to dealerships later this year.
KTM says it is bringing the 790 back into its lineup to fill the gap between the single-cylinder 390 Duke and the more powerful and tech-filled 890 Duke variants - potentially a blow to any hopes of a much-rumoured small capacity parallel twin for now. Power from the 799cc LC8c is claimed at 105hp with torque a claimed 87Nm.
The tune of the engine, according to KTM, has been focussed on torque delivery and achieving easy, rideable power rather than outright top-end power. This comes in line with the bike’s placement in the lineup as an intermediary between the 390 and 890 Dukes.
While KTM hasn’t gone into detail regarding how much - if at all - the new 799cc engine differs from the last time we saw a brand new 790 Duke, we do know the 2022 model features a comprehensive electronics package.
Included in the electronics package is Cornering sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), Cornering ABS with KTM’s hooligan inspired SUPERMOTO mode, three standard Ride modes. Keeping the rider informed is a full-colour 5-inch TFT display and lighting the way is a full suite of LED lights.
In terms of looks, the 2022 790 Duke introduces two new colourways to the mix, with a traditional KTM orange scheme and an all-new grey and black scheme on offer.
At the time of writing, we’re yet to hear from KTM New Zealand as to when we can expect the 790 Duke back in Kiwi dealers and what price point to expect, but with global prices going up across the board expect it to be a little pricier than the last time the model was offered new.