KTM 790 Duke And 1290 Super Duke GT Return

KTM 790 Duke And 1290 Super Duke GT Return

© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By KTM North America:



MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce the welcomed return of the KTM 790 DUKE, bringing all-new colorways and a renewed rebellious streak to the world of midweight Naked machinery.

From its inception in 2017, the KTM 790 DUKE took the worldwide motorcycle markets by storm, selling over 29,000 units. This was later followed by the introduction of the KTM 890 DUKE R, labeled THE SUPER SCALPEL, placing the KTM LC8c parallel-twin engine at the very top of the food chain in the midweight segment. In early 2021, the KTM 790 DUKE was upgraded to the KTM 890 DUKE, with more power and improved electronics.

With the continuation of the KTM 790 DUKE story, which introduced the world to the power and agility of the KTM LC8c parallel-twin platform, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE will be reintroduced to the streets with further development, offering a true mid-range motorcycle with READY TO RACE character and performance. Neatly filling the gap between the KTM 390 DUKE and KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO, the KTM 790 DUKE provides unmatched ridability with torquey and exhilarating manners to match its lightweight, confidence-inspiring agility.


A 2023 KTM 790 Duke in action. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2023 KTM 790 Duke in action. Photo courtesy KTM North America.


Powered by the most compact twin-cylinder in its class, this engine has been tuned specifically for torque to power from apex to apex. However, an impressive top end ensures the KTM 790 DUKE maintains its excitement throughout the rev-range, while meager fuel consumption means riders can enjoy the twisties long before the low fuel light flashes.

A lot of attention was also paid to ensure the typical DUKE feeling. Handling is not only agile but also very precise, thanks to geometry developed specifically for sporty street riding. High-quality WP APEX suspension at each end ensures a perfect connection with the road and rider confidence at all times.

Like a middleweight boxer in his prime, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE is a champion of merging agility and hard-hitting punch. More so, it continues the trend of being a leader in the market when it comes to power to weight ratio and equipment levels.

In terms of electronic wizardry, the KTM 790 DUKE boasts the most advanced and complete package in the midrange segment, with standard features such as:

Cornering sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC)

Cornering ABS with SUPERMOTO mode

3 standard Ride modes to quickly change the feel of the engine and level of MTC

Full-color 5-inch TFT display

LED lights front and rear

A number of optional features are also available, adding higher spec levels to the KTM 790 DUKE, namely:

Quickshifter+, allowing for clutchless up and downshifts

Motor Slip Regulation (MSR)

TRACK mode

Cruise Control

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The usual selection of ride modes, notably RAIN, STREET and SPORT settings, provide riders with easy-to-access customization of traction and throttle control, ensuring confident riding in all road and weather conditions.

In terms of looks, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE introduces two new colorways to the mix, with a traditional KTM orange scheme and an all-new gray and black motif entering the fray.


A 2023 KTM 890 Duke R. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2023 KTM 890 Duke R. Photo courtesy KTM North America.


With its re-entry into the market, and a renewed look to match its already legendary performance and character, the 2023 KTM 790 DUKE is poised to introduce a new generation of riders to the world of DUKE. And when they’re ready to take things to the next level, the 2023 KTM 890 DUKE R is waiting. Taking everything we love about the KTM 790 DUKE and cranking it up to 11, the KTM 890 DUKE R is a true track or mountain road weapon. With adjustable, track-ready WP APEX suspension, monoblock Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing meaty 320 mm front discs, sticky Michelin Power Cup II tires, and of course, increased horsepower and torque figures, THE SUPER SCALPEL remains the undisputed champion of the middleweight segment. Riding the KTM 890 DUKE R also makes for the perfect introduction to THE BEAST.


A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. Photo courtesy KTM North America.


At the pinnacle of the DUKE range awaits THE BEAST, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO. KTM’s flagship street motorcycle underwent its most radical re-invention in 2020, boasting a number of tweaks and engineering improvements, including a reworked 1,301 cc LC8 engine and an all-new chassis. In 2022, the latest incarnation of THE BEAST was launched and dubbed the EVO, thanks to the evolution of the second generation WP APEX Semi Active Suspension. Enjoying the most power and torque in the family, and the most advanced electronics to keep it all under control, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO returns to rule the world of DUKE in 2023.


By popular demand, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT returns to North America for 2023, retaking its position as the most potent and formidable Sport Touring motorcycle available. As one of the torquiest machines in its segment, one could argue that the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT doesn’t move across the earth – it simply spins the ground beneath it to help you reach your destination.


A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT. Photo courtesy KTM North America.


In a segment that necessitates comfort and the ability to cover ground effortlessly, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT rewrites the rulebook. Designed to offer riders a unique Grand Touring experience but engineered to be a true Sports bike underneath the touring parts, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT covers ground unlike any Sports Tourer on the market.

Thanks to its enhanced emissions control and the reworked 1,301 cc LC8 V-twin engine, this is the class leader when it comes to punching a hole in the atmosphere or hauling in the horizon. But it’s not only forward momentum where the long-distance BEAST is true to its namesake.

The WP APEX semi-active suspension on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT works with a specific logic. The design approach to preload adjustability of the rear shock has been geared for the long-distance tourer and is very intuitive. The logic allows riders to set the suspension up according to four different real-life riding situations, namely: RIDER, RIDER & PILLION, RIDER & LUGGAGE, or RIDER, PILLION & LUGGAGE. On top of that, the anti-dive function is fitted as standard.

A new 7-inch TFT display allows for quick and easy ride adjustment on the fly, thanks to a newly designed layout striking the perfect balance between information and style. The setup is completed by the new robust switchgear that not only feels premium but also allows for intuitive interaction between the rider and the dash itself.

The wheels on the 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT have been lifted from the latest KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO. These boast a weight saving of 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of unsprung mass over the old set of rims; this not only improves the overall handling but also sports a more aggressive wheel design.

These all-new lightweight wheels are wrapped in new Continental ContiSportAttack 4 tires, boasting a sportier and more stable riding experience, while delivering on the demand for a sportier tire to match the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT’s versatility.


A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT fitted with optional side cases at speed. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT fitted with optional side cases at speed. Photo courtesy KTM North America.


The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT will also debut an all-new navigation system called Turn-by-Turn PLUS, which will further enhance the touring experience. TBT+ will be available via KTMconnect. This allows navigation instructions to be projected directly on the new 7-inch TFT display, helping riders navigate more effectively.

Powered by SYGIC®, TBT+ can also operate offline, allowing riders to plan their journey and adventure from remote locations, with the NAVIGATION feature using industry-standard mapping to guide riders to their destination of choice. There’s also an advanced search feature, and a diverse range of POIs including gas stations, restaurants, rest stops, while the system lets you select one of your pre-saved destinations directly from the TFT dash. All the above features can be accessed directly from the new 7-inch TFT dash, while the rider no longer needs to remove their phone from the jacket pocket, making it more convenient and efficient for those quick on-the-fly changes.

The new system also allows for waypoints to be skipped without prompting a turnaround. The system will merely recalculate and find the next available route to get you back on track. Also, the last 10 destinations searched are automatically saved and available directly on the dashboard.


Updated LC8 V-twin

6.1-gallon (23 liter) fuel tank

Lightweight wheels saving unsprung mass

All-new 7-inch TFT dashboard

Turn-by-turn PLUS Navigation (TBT+)

New handlebar switches

Continental ContiSportAttack 4


Optional TECH PACK

Exclusive KTM SUPER DUKE GT specific CTG

A full range of specially created KTM PowerParts has been developed to personalize and further intensify your ride. A dedicated range of KTM PowerWear ensures riders are kitted out to tackle whatever their journey might throw at them.

The 2023 KTM LC8 and LC8c range will begin shipping to authorized KTM dealers from December 2022 onward. For more news about the 2023 KTM model range, visit KTM.com or your nearest KTM dealer.

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