KTM to launch 3 new Duke models

During last year’s EICMA in Italy, KTM showcased its newest Duke: the 990 Duke. Also, during the same month, KTM announced the new flagship 1390 Super Duke R/Super Duke EVO.

2024 will be the first time in KTM history that 3 new models will be launched at the same time. Together with KTM Ambassador Rok Bagaros and KTM royalty, Jeremy McWilliams on hand to show them what the new Duke models are capable of, the press will have 2 days to get to grips with the new Dukes themselves. Day 1 will see the media cover 115 km on Spain’s finest coastline and twisty passes onboard the KTM 390 Duke, as well as testing themselves and each other on a gymkhana course.

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Day 2, will see the group experience the KTM 990 Duke out on a dedicated road ride led by KTM staff, with the other half staying on track with Jeremy McWilliams to test the KTM 1390 Super Duke R and KTM 1390 Super Duke R EVO. There will also be 3 specially built KTM 1390 Super Duke Rs on hand, fitted with all the KTM PowerParts, WP PRO Components Suspension and slick tires.

KTM Duke timeline

In 1994, KTM burst into the street scene with the first motorcycle to carry the Duke nameplate. It featured a big-bore 609 cc single-cylinder engine, with ergonomics and styling that straddled the line between Supermoto and Street Fighter. It brought true hooligan personality to the street, unapologetically Naked and stripped back to the bare essence of what a motorcycle should be.

At the time, the 1994 KTM Duke was a radical departure from traditional motorcycle designs. Featuring an exposed trellis frame, minimalist bodywork, and a single-cylinder engine, it was an anomaly in the market. However, it instantly captured the attention of riders seeking a raw and unbridled riding experience.

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Such was its success that KTM introduced a more powerful Duke II version in 1999, with sharper styling replacing the rounded body contours of its predecessor. Unknowingly, this would launch the Naked segment within the KTM street motorcycle line-up, with more engine capacities and cylinders being added to the Duke range.

In 2005, the Super Duke nameplate was introduced, boasting a powerful 990 cc LC8 V-Twin powerplant. The KTM 990 Super Duke quickly reached cult status, leading the way for the KTM 990 Super Duke R variant to tear into the market in 2008.

2008 also brought the KTM 690 Duke to market, once again shaking up the design norms of the times. The 2008 KTM 690 DUKE was a hunkered-down, powerful single-cylinder machine, with an underslung exhaust and aggressive, elbows-out riding position. This would later become the blueprint for the Duke attitude.

2011 saw the rise of smaller capacity Duke models, with the KTM 125 Duke entering the market. This compact and energetic machine delivered ample power and easy maneuverability, without sacrificing any of the Duke personality. This made it the ideal launchpad for future Duke pilots, and future middle-weight models.

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In 2012, KTM introduced the game-changing KTM 200 Duke, with the corner rocket KTM 390 Duke joining the line-up in 2013. The KTM 390 Duke became a favorite among urban riders, thanks to its nimble handling and punchy power delivery.

KTM then shook the Naked motorcycle segment in 2014, with the introduction of The Beast – the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. With a 1,301cc V-twin engine at its core, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R gained the reputation of having the most powerful LC8 engine, which paved the way for a new segment and the more travel-focused KTM 1290 Super Duke GT arriving in 2016.

The following year, 2017, The Beast received its first real update. Dubbed The Beast 2.0, the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R boasted power, suspension, and styling updates. But its new electronics package took center stage, with more refined rider aids and a new Track Mode setting the tone.

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A turning point in the Duke evolution came about in 2018, when KTM unleashed the KTM 790 Duke, dubbed The Scalpel. This was the introduction of a new era of performance and style for the Duke name, featuring a powerful parallel-twin engine, cutting-edge electronics, and a bold design. Moreso, it showcased the determination to dominate the middleweight Naked bike segment.

Now, 30 years later, three-anniversary models enter the fray. The KTM 390 Duke, the new 990 Duke and the 1390 Super Duke R/Super Duke EVO.