KTM seems to be preparing an 800cc Duke for over the past two years and many fans around the world were disappointed when the Austrian manufacturer gave nothing away since then. The rumors are true though. Just check out the KTM 800cc Duke spy shots below. Looks like some dude with a long lens, camera set in burst mode was waiting for the bike to pass by. Perfect timing, I should say!
Our friends over at Visordown.com broke the news first and then the good folks over at Motorcycle.com have shared with us several of these spy shots. The ergonomics look similar to the other KTM Dukes. The riding position is upright and the foot pegs are set slightly to the rear. There are also sensors on the wheels that indicate ABS to be standard. The wheel sensors form part of the TCS system and what we hope would be cornering ABS as well. The engine is tightly packed. There countershaft sprocket is very close to the crankshaft location. The engine is incredibly short and compact.
An 800cc Duke would fit perfectly between the 690 Duke and its elder sibling the 1290 Super Duke. The 690 Duke has a massive single cylinder engine. The 1290 Duke features a V-Twin. From the spy shots we presume that this 800cc engine will use a parallel twin configuration or most likely an engine with a 270 degree firing order that mimics the behavior of a V-Twin. KTM claims that the horsepower output will be in the range of 100-110 which makes it apt for their claim of ‘Ready to Race’.
Let’s see what comes out soon. If the spy shots are any indication, more news about a production ready model should make its way to us in a few months’ time.
Check out our gallery for the spy shots of the KTM 800cc Duke. Let us know your thoughts about the motorcycle in the comments.
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