Following yesterday’s reveal of the Duke 790, KTM has confirmed it’s coming to North America.
However, instead of making a big flap about it, KTM actually wants us to get excited about the 1290 Super Adventure S (see press release below). That bike didn’t make it here for 2017, but will be here next year.
As for the 790 Duke, it’s arriving as a 2019 model, and we wouldn’t expect to see it in showrooms before next summer at the earliest.
KTM’s official press release follows:
FOLLOWING EXCITEMENT AT EICMA, KTM ANNOUNCES 2018 STREET MODEL LINEUP FOR NORTH AMERICAN MARKET
MURRIETA, Calif. – Exciting news came today from the EICMA tradeshow in Milan, Italy as KTM unveiled its all-new, production-ready (EU) KTM 790 DUKE, along with a KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype, cuing up how the Austrian brand’s model lineup will further expand thanks to a completely new engine generation with its 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant. In conjunction with this news, KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2018 model lineup for the North American market, which is set to debut in the U.S. at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) on Nov. 17.
Highlighting the North American model lineup for 2018 is the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, which is new model for the North American market. Additionally, the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R and the 1090 ADVENTURE R will return to the lineup, along with the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, 690 DUKE, 390 DUKE, 690 ENDURO R and RC 390. Furthermore, the highly-anticipated KTM 790 DUKE – ‘The Scalpel’ – is set to make its North American debut as a 2019 model.
President of KTM North America, Inc., John Hinz: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the KTM 790 DUKE to the North American market in early fall of 2018 as the very first street model for 2019. The new engine generation with the 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant is very important for our market and our consumers, we’re very excited for the future.“