A sportier version of the motorcycle was spotted with an ‘R’ badging, which suggests a mechanically upgraded version of the Duke 790.
KTM launched the Duke 790 in India a while ago, which became the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer’s new flagship in India. With that out of the way, the company seems to be gearing up to upgrade the Duke 790.
A sportier version of the motorcycle was spotted with an ‘R’ badging, which suggests a mechanically upgraded version of the Duke 790. The motorcycle was spotted in a production-ready guise which suggests a launch might be around the corner. The frame was also painted white, to differentiate it from the standard motorcycle’s black frame.
The motorcycle was also spotted with Michelin Power Cup tyres which replace the standard Maxxis Supermaxx ST tyres, along with billet triple clamps, an adjustable WP Apex Pro suspension setup and adjustable rearsets. The brake callipers have also been replaced with Brembo Stylema units.
KTM has not made any official announcement about the development or launch of the motorcycle. However, the test mule was spotted with additional sensors on the exhaust headers, apart from the standard O2 measuring sensors. These sensors suggest that the company is testing different engine maps and states of tune to determine the perfect balance between power and lesser carbon emissions.
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