2019 KTM 790 Duke

“Ready to Race” performance meets the middleweight naked class

2019 KTM 790 Duke
2019 KTM 790 DukeKTM

In a category as competitive as middleweight naked bikes, it's impossible to phone it in and be rewarded with success. For this reason, KTM pulled out all the stops in creating the 790 Duke, building a highly potent class contender. At the heart of the Duke is a 799cc parallel twin with a 435-degree firing order, which gives the KTM a V-twin sound pitch and unique character while producing 95.1 rear-wheel horsepower on the Cycle World dyno. Tough to tame? The orange brigade passed down WP suspension components and a sophisticated electronic package from the 1290 Super Duke R. And who can turn his or her back on the aggressive Kiska styling?

KTM markets the 790 Duke as a steppingstone within the Duke lineup, helping riders progress from the 390 Duke to the 1290 Super Duke R. Fair play to the Austrian manufacturer, but after spending time on the middleweight Duke, we would argue the 790 is more than worthy of being a final destination for any KTM buyer. We think you will agree the 790 Duke is a seriously capable all-round motorcycle.

Likes: Top-tier electronics package and high-quality fit and finish

Dislikes: No fork adjustment? C'mon, KTM…

Verdict: A middleweight naked contender capable of being a final destination

2019 KTM 790 Duke Reviews And Comparisons

The 790 Duke proved its corner-carving prowess during the press introduction in Southern California, tearing up the twisty back roads of Palomar Mountain.The Duke is an apex destroyer, but the linear power delivery, comfortable ergonomics, and cruise control make it a friendly commuting companion as well.

2019 KTM 790 Duke Competition

Competition is stiff in the middleweight class. The Triumph Street Triple R, for example, is a direct competitor to the Duke, even if it carries a steeper price. And the Yamaha MT-09? It costs less but has fewer performance-minded features. Finding a balance that works for you is key.

2019 KTM 790 Duke Specifications And Pricing

KTM wholeheartedly believes in its “Ready to Race” mantra, explaining why the 790 Duke has trackworthy electronic rider aids and a throaty powerplant for $10,499. To extract the last bit of performance, KTM’s PowerParts catalog offers a host of performance-minded add-ons like fork cartridges, exhaust, and other accessories.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $10,499
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 799cc
Bore x Stroke 88.0mm x 65.7mm
Horsepower 105.0 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 64.0 lb.-ft. @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.5 in.
Rake 24.0º
Trail 3.9 in.
Front Suspension 43mm inverted fork; 5.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustment; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Fuel Capacity 58.0 in.
Wheelbase 3.7 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 392 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 32.5 in.
Wet Weight 414 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 95.1 hp @ 9,200 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 7,900 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
2019 KTM 790 Duke Right Side
2019 KTM 790 Duke Right SideKTM