It’s a romantic thought, venturing out for a protracted journey in your bike via the pouring rain. My private actuality, although, is that taking pictures within the monsoon is a weary affair, with half the time spent on cleansing bikes and/ or ready for the rain to subside in order that the cameras can come out. Unsurprisingly, whenever you spend three days per week drenched to the bone, you need to simply laze in over the weekend. Consequently, the 790 Duke has solely clocked 520km to date.

KTM states that the primary service for a 790 Duke is scheduled for both 1,000km or one month. Since time has handed by a lot sooner than my bike’s odometer, the job needed to be performed on the 500km mark.


Rs 4,018 for the oil filter package jacks up the price of a daily service.

Having owned a 390 Duke for six years earlier than this, I can attest to the truth that the 790 will get particular remedy on the workshop. There’s a specifically educated technician who works on 790s, and nobody on the service centre will get to take a check journey. As a substitute, there’s a rolling street platform exterior, the place Rajnikanth, the pleasant KTM South Mumbai service supervisor, fastidiously ran the bike via the gears earlier than and after the service was performed.

The KTM 790 Duke’s first service consists of fixing the oil and oil filter, brake-pad cleansing, chain lube/regulate, air-filter clean-up, an digital firmware replace and an intensive wash. The remainder of the KTM line-up receives the same remedy, however two issues stand out for the 790 Duke. The primary is that it requires a elaborate pill pc for its updates, and the second being that the service isn’t low cost. At Rs 9,914, this bike’s first service prices excess of what you’d should pay for a 390 Duke’s, which makes use of a few litre much less of the identical 10W50 Motul 7100 engine oil.


With a beneficial 91 octane, the bike runs superb on regular gas.

Once more, there are two main causes. The primary is that there’s no free first service for the 790 and that the service cost got here to Rs 2,600. That’s fairly cheap for an enormous bike, however the tougher tablet to swallow is that the oil filter set (which consists of 1 filter and two plastic strainers) prices a ridiculous Rs 4,018. Sure, this package is imported, however even a super-premium model like Ducati has managed to cost the Monster 821’s oil filter under Rs 1,000. As of now, the 790’s annual service price is dear, but when KTM can simply appropriate the filter worth, the 790 Duke will most likely have the bottom service price within the section. Oh, in case you had been questioning, I requested – utilizing any aftermarket oil-filter package will void the two-year guarantee.

Over the past 500km, I’ve grown to know the 790 Duke fairly nicely, and if you happen to preserve it in Road mode it may be ridden in a fairly civil method – which is nice, contemplating that the engine was being run in. With the primary service performed, the engine feels smoother, crisper, and able to rip. I’ve now been given a free rein with the rev counter and, hopefully, there’ll be a lot extra driving motion so that you can examine within the subsequent report.

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KTM 790 Duke long term review, first report