EICMA Video: KTM’s 790 Duke ‘Prototype’ is the future

One day, all KTMs will looks this way.

A new middleweight KTM is due soon – we’re expecting it to be revealed about a year from now – but before that we have been treated to a glimpse of the future design direction of KTM with this, the KTM 790 Duke Prototype. Tight angles, sharp lines and architectural shapes abound but for many the real story is what’s powering it.

Featuring a new compact engine, named the LC8c, this engine is what we’re expecting to see in a range of bikes from KTM and also Husqvarna over the next few years.



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    Frank Hart

    November 9, 2016 at 22:38


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    Frank Hart

    November 9, 2016 at 23:22

    Zack Ford Stalford Benjamin King

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    November 9, 2016 at 23:51

    Fairings are sooooooo last decade ;)

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    Benjamin King

    November 10, 2016 at 01:17


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    Thomas Gutteridge

    November 10, 2016 at 02:22

    Looks nice as an object; will look ridiculous with a fat middle-aged man in in a fluo vest on it outside Tesco.

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    Robert Campbell

    November 10, 2016 at 07:08

    Love it. Looks will be ruined by mirrors, indicators and stupid stick miiiiiiiiiles out the back number plate hanger though.
    I wish that we could somehow get around that these days.

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    November 10, 2016 at 07:21

    Exactly what we thought.
    It really is a shame that the after market style piece can’t just be standard

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    Robert Campbell

    November 10, 2016 at 07:36

    That’s what happens when they try to make legislation for cars fit motorcycles. How or why does a number plate sticking out past the back tyre of a bike make it any safer or more roadworthy?
    While we are at it, is there something in writing that stops manufacturers from integrating indicators and brake lights too? Surely these days with LEDs this could easily be made to work. Not every bike would suit it but if you look at the Ducati Diavel and MV’s Dragster for example, they have individual wrap around brake lights which can also be seen from the sides. Wouldn’t be difficult to include amber indicator bulbs.
    Now that I think about it, cars have everything built into a single cluster so why this need for it on bikes?

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    Benjamin King

    November 10, 2016 at 12:14

    Robert Campbell I think they should use a rear fender like some of the Ducati’s use. Integrate the rear signals into that.

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    Robert Campbell

    November 10, 2016 at 12:22

    Yeah, my Dragster does that but I’d much prefer it if it was gone altogether giving road bikes the lovely clean lines that the show bikes have.

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