KTM seems to be busy working on a bigger and more performance-oriented middleweight naked. But it’s likely a year or more away to be introduced in production form.
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The chassis design is more or less the same, apart from some changes to accommodate the slightly bigger engine, as well as an all-new swingarm. The new aluminium swingarm looks beefier, but also looks completely different, suggesting that it will be lighter and stiffer, and will come with a new design to accommodate the new exhaust positioning. The bike also will get new bodywork, including a new front mudguard, sharper tank surrounds and new radiator shrouds which give the bike a sharper and more aggressive design. The rear subframe appears to have been redesigned as well, complete with new seats for rider and passenger.
But this still is a prototype and not a production-ready model. So, it may be sometime away till KTM introduces the new 990 Duke. The new parallel-twin 990 cc engine is expected to be heavily updated, and could be all-new as well, and will also have a significant increase in performance over the current 121 bhp of the KTM 890 Duke. What could also be expected is that the KTM will introduce the 990 as a top-spec middleweight “Super Duke,” while the 890 will continue to co-exist. More details are expected in the coming months.
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