KTM 390 Duke: Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2018

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The 390 Duke secured 107 points to claim the title, winning over 20 new bikes launched this year.

The most-illustrious Indian Motorcycle of the Year award (IMOTY) for 2018 has been announced. This year also marks the tenth anniversary for the award, which recognizes the best motorcycle newly launched in the Indian bike market every year. The jury for 2018 IMOTY consisted of 15 renowned auto journalists representing eight automotive publications in the country.

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The 2017 KTM 390 Duke was voted the winner of IMOTY 2018. It won over all 11 other models that were short-listed for the final round, including  Hero Glamour 125, Yamaha FZ25, Suzuki Intruder 150, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, Benelli 302R, Bajaj Dominar 400, Harley-Davidson Street Rod, Triumph Bonneville Bobber, Triumph Street Triple RS, MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin. The KTM 390 Duke scored 107 points to top the list, followed by Yamaha FZ25 with 77 points and Triumph Street Triple with 68 points.

The jury voted the motorcycles based on various factors including tag price and value for money attribute, styling, comfort, performance, fuel economy, practicality, safety, technical innovation, and their suitability for Indian riding conditions.

Why KTM 390 Duke?

Launched with a price tag of INR 2.36 Lakhs (Ex-showroom price), the KTM 390 Duke took the local bike market by storm! The new design and visual appeal of the the bike was way cooler than earlier, with revised structural geometry and improved engineering. This is a bike that can be (or wants to be) aggressively ridden, thanks to class-leading ride and handling traits. The single-pot 373 cc engine is well-refined and responsive. It comes loaded with superior technology and fancy features too, including TFT LCD instrument display with Bluetooth connectivity and dual-channel ABS.

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2017 KTM Duke 390 – Image Gallery

2018 KTM 790 Duke Revealed – 2017 EICMA

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Powered by all-new 799 cc parallel-twin engine that makes 105 PS max power.

Get ready to burn some tyres for fun, KTM has unveiled the production-version of its aggressive street fighter 790 Duke at the on-going 2017 EICMA bike show at Milan, Italy. It has been a year since the company previewed the concept version of this motorcycle. The 790 Duke is expected to go on sale next year in the international markets, no word on its Indian launch yet. The Austria-based bike maker is tight-lipped on its pricing too. The 790 Duke´s prime rivals are Triumph Street Triple RS and Kawasaki Z900.

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Design and styling wise, the new 790 Duke has been aggressively conceived, although the production-version is not as brute as the concept. Yet, the all-LED headlamp and the sharp tank spoiler looks energetic, while the straight lines all over the body work pose a thrilling impression on the beholder. The frame of the bike is a light-weight steel-trellis unit and is as compact as possible. The sportbike retains only the bare essential components and no accessories, so as to make it extremely track-pure and ready to race anytime. A full-colour TFT screen takes the place of the instrumentation area.

2018 KTM 790 Duke features light-weight steel-trellis frame and a compact parallel-twin engine.

The 2018 KTM 790 Duke is powered by an all-new “LC8c” 799cc DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin unit that has been compactly integrated into the airbox sub frame. The powertrain generates 105 PS of max power at 9,000 rpm and 86 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The 6-speed gearbox with pressure lubricated slipper clutch is in place to transmit the power the rear wheel, while two balancer shafts are employed to reduce vibration levels. Suspension system includes 43 mm WP fork up front that can be adjusted and a gas-filled mono shock with adjustable pre-load at the rear wheel.

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In terms of tech features to aid the rider, KTM has equipped the 790 Duke with cornering ABS, an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), and lean-angle sensitive Traction Control, along with  `Supermoto´ mode that can disengage rear ABS. A quick-shifter and launch control is available too, along with three riding modes excluding a `Track´ mode that can be customised.

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2018 KTM 790 Duke – Image Gallery