Back in 2014, KTM launched the 1290 Super Duke R and it became the king of the super naked market. Stefan Pierer, KTM CEO said at the EICMA 2016, "The DUKE brand is how KTM really hit the street 22 years ago and for the model year 2017 this sub-brand really comes out fighting.
"From the 125 to 1301cc, each and every model punches out the true core values of KTM and the attitude of DUKE. To underline the importance of this range of naked machines, with the 790 DUKE prototype we can give you a look into the future and an all-new source of power from KTM."
So, we are talking about the refreshed version of the insanely stunning 1290 Super Duke R. The new model sports a new LED headlight and daytime running lights like the company's new adventure motorcycles.
The motorcycle also gets a new body work. The design of the fuel tank and air intakes is now sharper.
The handlebars are now wider and placed lower and further forward, to give the rider a committed position and better handling for sports riding.
Speaking of the engine, an updated 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin engine producing 177bhp, which is 7bhp more than the outgoing model.
For better refinement, KTM shortened the velocity stacks 10 mm to widen the powerband. The motorcycle comes equipped with an array of features such as Brembo monobloc brakes, MSC with Bosch cornering ABS, WP suspension, an optional, two-way quick shifter, and a multifunctional TFT display.