KTM Philippines has once again made history in the local motorcycle industry with the virtual launch of the 790 Duke and the 790 Adventure, both of which are proudly made by Pinoys at the Ayala-owned facility in Laguna.
Dino Santos, president of local KTM distributor Adventure Cycle Philippines, led the online event, formally introducing the 790 Adventure in Standard and R variants alongside the more road-focused 790 Duke. These middleweight stallions share the same 799cc DOHC liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine, but in slightly different mappings: 105hp and 82.3Nm in the Duke, and 99hp and 88Nm in the Adventure. In both bikes, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
First imported from Austria in February 2018 with an introductory price of P 790,000, the 790 Duke was later sold for a whopping P820,000 a pop. Modern electronics play a critical rode in its performance both on and off the road. As standard, it features three riding modes—Street, Off-Road, and Rain—while the R variant comes with 10 levels of lean-sensitive traction control, and gets Rally mode in place of Rain.
Other standard features include cornering and off-road ABS as well as traction control. It also has a five-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity. Options include a quickshifter, cruise control, and the Rally Pack system.
The 790 Adventure, meanwhile, rolls on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels. High-performance WP Apex suspension with preload adjustment provide ultimate comfort even in extreme road conditions.
Although these bikes have yet to make their way to the KTM showrooms by July, Santos said online reservations are now being accepted for these 790 models. And we bet you’ll immediately contact a dealership after seeing the big price cut for Philippine-made units:
Philippine-made KTM 790 prices
- 2020 KTM 790 Duke – P599,000 (from P820,000)
- 2020 KTM 790 Adventure Standard – P699,000 (from P883,000)
- 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R – P749,000 (from P957,000)
Fun fact, in honor of our country’s 122nd Independence Day celebration tomorrow: KTM Philippines is the first to manufacture 790s outside of Austria, where the main plant of Team Orange is located. That’s truly something to be proud of.