KTM has launched a microsite teasing a redesigned Duke for EICMA. The site, KTMDukes.com, created in September, shows a 34-second video and the phrase “How Duke are you?” with the promise of more information on Nov. 8, the first press day of EICMA.

The video starts with a man running as if being chased, before fading to a shot of a new headlight design set to the sound of a roaring engine:


The split headlight design resembles the one shown on a prototype Super Duke spied testing earlier in the spring. A similar headlight was seen in spy photos found elsewhere on the internet of a revised 390 Duke. The new split face design (which includes a ring of LEDs as daytime running lights for Euro 4 requirements) will likely be shared across the entire Duke line from the SDR down to the 390 Duke (and the smaller capacity versions sold in other markets).

We also expect KTM to introduce a new Twin-cylinder Duke displacing about 800cc which could replace the 690 Duke. Spy photos of this Twin (890 Duke?) from February showed the old 690’s headlight, but the lack of overall bodywork suggest it was an early prototype  that may have been undergoing testing before the new headlight design was finalized.

KTM also posted a couple of images to its Instagram page showing what looks like a boxer wrapping his hands in orange tape, an apt metaphor for KTM’s upcoming streetfighters.

Check back here on Motorcycle.com next week for our 2016 EICMA show coverage.

In one week, we’ll unveil how & where we’re taking the battle to the street. #KTMdukes

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For 2017, we are taking the battle to the street. So, how DUKE are you? More info Nov, 8. #KTMdukes

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  • spiff

    I hope they did more than new plastic, dash and ride modes.

    • Born to Ride

      It’d be nice if they tuned out that irritating vibration in the top two gears from 80-85 mph.

      • DickRuble

        Yeah because we spend so much time exactly between 80-85. Just speed up..

        • Born to Ride

          I generally cruise at that exact speed when I commute. Going faster severely risks a 2 point speeding ticket, and slower gets your ass run down by traffic. So actually, I probably spend close to 6 hours a week at that speed. So there.

          • DickRuble

            Ok… then trade in your S2R and get an SSR. That’ll solve your problem.

          • Born to Ride

            That’s exactly what I was thinking.

  • spiff

    In another article I left a comment wondering if an 890 Duke would be enough, or would I want the 1290. The response was a 1090 would be a better size. I wonder if that is the plan, 890/1090/1290. Maybe 110/135/160 rwhp. (Wishful and not needed 160)

    • Old MOron

      That 890 with the really short engine intrigues me. I think it could be like a badass dirt bike for the street – if only they can make it light enough.

      • spiff

        I think they fulfilled your prophecy.

  • DickRuble

    KTM is taking the battle to the streets using hand wraps? Gloves too? They better get something like this


  • Jens Vik

    The guy with the orange tape is probably plastering his sore hands, after hours of working on a stalled Duke 😉

  • Vinith L Narayan

    And here’s the video of the 2017 duke 390 up-close !!