Launched a while ago, the KTM 790 Duke is a maniac. It features the brand’s 799cc, parallel twin, liquid cooled engine, that makes 103.5 bhp of max power, which is more than enough to keep the front wheel of this beast up in the air for most of the time. Now, reports suggest that KTM is working on an ‘R’ variant of the 790 Duke, which is currently being tested in Europe.
It is being speculated that the 790 Duke R will get many changes so that it stands a step higher than the standard model. The new elements would include an updated suspension set up that could offer adjustments for compression and rebound, CNC parts, lever crash protection, heated grips, etc.
KTM might also upgrade the braking system on the 790 Duke R by providing Brembo brakes with radially mounted calipers. The riding position on the R is expected to be a bit more aggressive which could be a result of the relocation of the foot pegs from the current position towards the rear side. We can also expect to see some additional electronics and a slight bump in power.
The KTM 790 Duke is a phenomenal product. It offers a whole lot of features like motorcycle stability control (MSC) with cornering ABS, lean-angle sensitive traction control, motor slip regulation (MSR), launch control, etc. Similarly, expectations from the R model of this bike are already reaching the skies.
It is being expected that KTM might present the 790 Duke R at the upcoming 2018 EICMA along with the new 390 Adventure.