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KTM 790 Duke put to the test: a scalpel on two wheels

After about 200 kilometers with the KTM 790 Duke over screwed mountain roads, smooth highways and country roads, one thing can be made clear: do not be afraid. At most when you sit on it, in front of yourself.

In the promotional photos that the manufacturer distributes on the Internet, the Duke appears as if made for manikin on the rear wheel. Or for the wheelie: your bum up, your rear in the air. Or diving into the long curve with 230 things, the body next to the machine, knees and elbows are in contact with the ground.

There are also less artistic aspects to the new KTM, and we confirm: It is possible to survive a test ride. The 790 Duke can also be driven on two wheels. Nevertheless, there are a few things that stand out about this infernal machine that suggest the opposite.

For example, there is a kind of gladiator software for starting the traffic light that takes control of the throttle grip. If desired, the program can extract everything from the engine and physics that serves the purpose of acceleration.

Or the transmission. If you are in a hurry, you don't need to use the clutch, it works that way too, applies to both upshifting and downshifting. Or the ABS. This can be switched off so that the stoppie works - a fictional character like from the circus show, in which the motorcycle is vertically above the front wheel, just before the rollover.

In 2014, Yamaha landed a coup, the MT-07, a bestseller. The miracle of this motorcycle was the engine, a light, powerful 680cc machine with two cylinders side by side.