• The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke

Here are five things you need to know about the Austrian bike maker’s latest middle-weight street fighter

The KTM 790 Duke first broke cover back in 2017 and aimed to bridge the gap between the 390 Duke and the bonkers 1290 Super Duke. But thanks to the strict Euro 5 norms in place, the 790 Duke was almost immediately supplanted by the Euro 5-compliant 890 Duke R in 2019.

Now, however, KTM has re-introduced the 790 Duke for 2022, bearing a Euro 5-compliant engine with the same-old intent of being the go-to middle-weight naked which it was previously. With that out of the way, here are five things you should know about the new bike.

2022 KTM 790 Duke - Why Is It Back?

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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Surprise surprise! Say hello to the 2022 KTM 790 Duke

KTM’s justification for the 790 Duke’s comeback, while valid is also confusing at the same time. The bike maker claims that the 790’s comeback is mainly due to a big gap between the 390 Duke and the 890 Duke, with the latter costing almost double the former, while also making more than two times (almost triple) the power (115hp vs 45hp).

The company claims that it sold nearly 30,000 790 Dukes across the world during its short lifespan.

According to KTM, this is where the ‘22 790 Duke slots in with its new 8,999 Euro price tag, making the middle-weight KTM naked category more accessible.

2022 KTM 790 Duke - Same Body, Different Clothes

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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And before you ask, KTM says it’s here to bridge the gap between the 45hp 390 Duke and the 115hp 890 Duke

For 2022, the KTM 790 Duke gets two new color options, a signature KTM orange finish and an all-new gray and black livery. Like the names suggest, the former features orange body panels while the latter gets light gray bodywork.

Compared to the older bike, the 2022 790 Duke also gets a black fuel tank which was silver on the older model.

2022 KTM 790 Duke - Still Packs A Punch

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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The big update is to the engine which now meets Euro 5 norms but still manages to make the same power and torque

The KTM 790 Duke is powered by the same 799cc, twin-cylinder engine which has been tweaked to adhere to the strict Euro 5 norms. Now, this usually means a slight drop in power and torque but luckily, that’s not the case here.

The 2022 790 Duke still puts out the same 105 horsepower and 64 pound-feet, meaning it’s still punchy as ever. However, European countries will get a 95 horsepower version of the bike, which according to KTM, allows for an easier reconfiguration to suit the A2 license norms.

2022 KTM 790 Duke - Same-old Electronics

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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Like the design, it also retains its strong (and long) feature list

In 2017, the KTM 790 Duke was one of the most feature-rich bikes in its segment, boasting IMU-based traction control, cornering ABS, riding modes, all-LED lighting, and a 5-inch TFT instrument cluster.

All this has been retained for 2022 and the motorcycle can still be dubbed as tech-savvy in 2022. To up the ante, however, KTM has rolled out a list of accessories for the ‘22 790 Duke with bits like a bi-directional quick-shifter, TPMS, cruise control, and track mode.

2022 KTM 790 Duke - Trusty Underpinnings

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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Meanwhile, the WP Apex suspension has been carried over from before

Like the electronics, the 2022 790 Duke also retains its underpinnings. So you get WP Apex USD forks up front and a WP Apex mono-shock at the rear, coupled with 300mm dual front discs and a 240mm rear disc.

Topping all this is a Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel chassis, which uses the engine as a stressed member.

2022 KTM 790 Duke Availability

The OG Scalpel Is Back! KTM Takes Wraps Off The 2022 790 Duke
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While the bike looks exactly the same, it gets two new colors, this being the new gray and black option

As of now, the new KTM 790 Duke will be made available to a few countries and the U.S. is not currently on that list. But you can expect this to change in the coming months, as the bike actually starts edges closer to reaching dealerships in June 2022.

2022 KTM 790 Duke Specifications
Engine 799cc, twin-cylinder
Power 105 horsepower
Torque 64 ft-lb
Gearbox Six-speed with slipper clutch
Front suspension 43mm WP Apex USD forks
Rear suspension WP Apex monoshock
Front brake 2x 300mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Fuel tank capacity 3.7 gallons
Dry weight 372 pounds
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