It was not that long ago when we first saw a few spy shots of the test mule of the KTM 790 Duke Adventure. Perhaps, it was sometime in Feb. Anyway, KTM has again sent one of its comrades out on a new test mule to see how things have progressed.
If we compare the latest pictures of the test mule of the 790 Duke Adventure with the older ones, we would find that the KTM is moving at quite a pace to get this motorcycle ready. The new test model looks much more production-ready than the previous one.
We can clearly see a new front fender has been installed. There’s also a new and much larger windscreen; it will really help in those long distance rides. To be honest, at this stage the bike looks a bit ugly from the front. I really hope that this is not its final look.
The 790 Duke Adventure is going to be powered by the same 799cc, parallel twin engine that KTM has used in the 790 Duke. This engine produces a max power of 103 horsepower at 9,000 RPM, and 86 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 RPM. Being an adventure motorcycle, the 790 Duke Adventure may get a different style of power delivery and torque curve.
The new KTM 790 Duke should hit the showrooms soon. It is going to be a significant product for KTM for two reasons – first, it is featuring KTM’s first parallel twin engine, second, KTM does not have any motorcycle to offer in this category.
Similarly, the 790 Duke Adventure will be an important bike for KTM. It will allow the Austrian to fight against the Triumph Tiger 800, Honda Africa Twin and, the new BMW F850 GS.
We’re expecting KTM to finalize things soon and present the 790 Duke Adventure at this year’s EICMA in November.