It seems that 800cc is the new battleground for middleweight nakeds and sportbikes. MV Agusta arguably sits at the top of the pile at the moment with their brilliant F3 800 and Brutale 800 machines, while Triumph is expected to release 800cc version of both the Street Triple and Daytona. Now it’s been confirmed that KTM is well underway on a parallel twin powered 800 Duke.
These pictures come courtesy of German magazine Motorrad and show the camouflaged machine undergoing testing. The article indicates that the the engine is brand new and will produce around 110 bhp. Wet weight is expected to come under 200kg so it should be a fairly decent mover. As can be seen from the photos of the test bike, it has Brembo brakes front and back as well as the to be expected WP suspension.
What no doubt will get many people excited at is the prospect of an adventure/enduro machine based off such a platform. Many still lament the demise of the KTM 990 Adventure – this would create an interesting option and given the horsepower and weight of the machines would put the Honda Africa Twin under some tough scrutiny.
Given how well developed the test bike looks, we’d expect to see an official announcement of the bike made later this year.