2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show: Manic KTM Duke 790 Prototype Revealed

KTM previews upcoming Duke 790 at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show, shows off new engine.

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Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has unveiled the prototype for its upcoming Duke 790 at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.

The prototype previews the styling and all-new powerplant of KTM's new family of motorcycles that will replace the outgoing 690 series.

Powering the Duke 790 is a 800cc parallel twin engine that will have the job of trying to live up to the expectations of riders who have ridden the 690 series of motorcycles and its manic single cylinder engine.

The new engine has been dubbed the LC8c. The ‘c' in the name stands for compact.

The Duke 790 sits on welded trellis frame and the suspension setup is currently being developed by WP, the KTM owned Dutch suspension manufacturer.

Design wise, the new KTM is all about the sharp angles which can be seen up front with the headlamp and the fuel tank design.

While at the rear, the drama level really goes through the roof thanks to the exhaust which exits upwards from under the seat.

The new Duke 790 will head a new range of motorcycles from both KTM and Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna (also owned by KTM) when it finally does come out in 2018.

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