Our love for KTM’s beastly Super Duke R is no secret to MO fans, but in some ways – glorious and wonderful ways – it is an exercise in excess. So perhaps something with about 800cc might be more widely suitable to riders of all types?

KTM 790 Duke Concept Unveiled At EICMA 2016

Shown this week at the big EICMA show in Milan was this shapely roadster prototype, which will surely turn into a production streetfighter sometime in 2017. It’s powered by an all-new parallel-Twin that appears quite compact for an engine displacing somewhere around 800cc, and it’s a motor that surely will also be used in an upcoming Adventure model down the line, so it’s an important powerplant for KTM.

2017 KTM 890 Duke Spy Shots

For now you can drool along with us at the lean and aggressive styling in the video below and wonder how long it might be able to carry a horn mono (wheelie). Well, at least that’s what I’m doing.

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  • Gabriel Owens

    Ktm withholding specs for now?

    • Kevin Duke

      We’ve given you all we’ve got so far. Stay tuned!

      • Gabriel Owens

        Seems like this bike has been in development for quite a while

        • Kevin Duke

          Yup, developing an all-new motor from scratch is the toughest part of bringing a new bike to life. I trust it’ll be worth the wait.

          • Gabriel Owens

            Hoping for Nuda type specs. 😊

          • Michael

            Lets hope so… my Nuda is AWESOME! Hopefully it’ll have a Nuda kind of price too – they were a bargain

          • Gabriel Owens

            Pics or it never happened

          • Michael
          • Gabriel Owens

            That’s the most beautiful bike I’ve ever seen. We don’t have these in the states. It’s my dream machine for sure. I watch every single RJ video.

          • Michael

            I agree Gabriel. I bought one in early 2013 and for first few months just hated it, Loved the way it looked, but it was so damn different than anything I’d ever ridden before I just couldn’t come to terms with it. Then, about 3 months into ownership I was coming down our local mountain road and everything just clicked. I was being too timid, you can basically throw the Nuda into any corner and it’ll come out the other side. Then it proceeded to teach me how to ride… Anyway, after a couple of years I sold it to buy “the next shiny thing” (KTM 1290SD) as sometimes happens and, within days, regretted the heck out of selling it. So I began looking for another one about 6 months later and bought this one a couple of months back. I will never sell it again. Just awesome!

          • spiff

            Did you unload the 1290? What were your thoughts on handling between them? I ask because I ride an SXV550, and want to get something for over the road. My situation dictates one bike right now and I am unsure of the direction I should take. If this 790 (I think KTM used the Nuda as a bench mark.) lets you back it in, and loose on exit…oh yeah. Then again maybe I am to old to screw around like that and should settle on the SDR. Yes, I have seen the SDR do all that, but it is a big bike with an exceptional rider. I doubt there is much room for error like on the lighter bikes.

          • Michael

            I think you’re right. I kept the 1290, but I always take the Nuda when heading for the hills.
            It just feels better, lighter, more responsive and the right amount of power for the twisty hills near us.
            The Nuda is a scalpel.

          • gjw1992

            Only ever sat on a Nuda at a show (mmm, that sounds wrong somehow!). But bmw were hopeless at marketing Husky so tgf ktm. This 800 duke looks very promising. The 690 is terrific, and I hope they keep the big single, but a light fairly powerful twin seems to make more sense.

          • spiff

            I appreciate your response. I live in the desert with lots of wide open space. You answered my question.

          • Michael

            No worries… the 1290 would seem the better weapon for your location. Still a bucket load of fun when there’s fun to be had, but can be travelled on as well. Enjoy!

          • Kevin Duke

            There is a rich irony that the Nuda was a Husqvarna, which is now owned by KTM, which is preparing to launch an 800cc naked sportbike.

  • spiff

    I am going to guess at least 100 at the wheel. The bagger and adventurer to follow progressively less. I dig what KTM is doing. The Duke line is all about bad ass road bikes, then slightly less insane bagger(?) and adventure. They are a looking to become a premium brand based on muscle not nice hair.

  • Reid

    I’m not blown away by the looks, but the performance is going to be off the charts. Here’s hoping that the price tag isn’t off the charts too.

  • Boxsir

    I am already drooling over the KTM 790 Enduro!
    If they can bring that in with the weight well under the New Honda Africa Twin, I would be voting with my wallet. * fingers crossed *