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The suspension system on the Duke will be handled by WP, with a 43mm fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The fork is nonadjustable but the rear is adjustable for a spring preload. The Duke will also feature high level traction control, plus independent anti wheelie and cornering ABS as standard.
 

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Some people won't be a fan of the anti wheelie system! :D This isn't really a concern for me since I don't do those stunts, but why the lack of adjustable front fork?
 

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Speaking with dealer here in Australia, he indicated they plan is not to bring out a higher spec model. Instead, a base model only, and riders buy upgradeable components as they desire. With KTM owning WP, a suspension upgrade option will be available in the future.
 

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An RC 790 would be a great addition. I have a feeling it will happen but likely KTM is waiting for the right time. Lucky for them and KTM enthusiasts the next step up is getting a 1090 till an RC is ready.
 

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Speaking with dealer here in Australia, he indicated they plan is not to bring out a higher spec model. Instead, a base model only, and riders buy upgradeable components as they desire. With KTM owning WP, a suspension upgrade option will be available in the future.
My Australian dealer was of the same opinion and when I pick up my 790 and asked about a possible R version, he said there is no plan to release an R model, however the KTM Chief Sales Officer Hubert Trunkenpolz seems to suggest there will be.

"Speaking to MCN at EICMA last year Hubert Trunkenpolz, KTM’s Chief Sales Officer, said that there will be two versions of the 790 Duke: a standard model and an R. Trunkenpolz said that the R would be 115bhp, while the standard Duke would be 97bhp to remain A2 licence-friendly. It’s possible that the R will have a single seat and slightly tastier exhaust more akin to the prototype."

However, this was back in Feb 2017 and referred to a conversation in 2016, so things may have changed. Full review below:

https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/new-bikes/2017/february/ktm-790-scalpel/

I also read that the 790 Duke's will be manufactured out of China from 2020 after a KTM and CFMoto Partnership.

Details below from March 2018:

KTM and CFMoto partnership - how it will work - Australian Motorcycle News
 

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I can say that the standard suspension is the best standard setup I have ever ridden with.
as long as you like the sporty side of riding
Front brake could be better however
 

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I was looking at the rear White Power spring, and it looks like it might be a semi progressive spring, with tighter coils at the bottom. This may explain why the rear shock feels plush in the first part of the stroke but firms up part way through. just an observation.
 

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Monkeynuts, did you also change the front brake master cylinder as well ?
I also want to get back to proper powerful Brembo braking, the standard brakes spoil the bike for me.
 

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Monkeynuts, did you also change the front brake master cylinder as well ?
I also want to get back to proper powerful Brembo braking, the standard brakes spoil the bike for me.
Do the master cylinder and pads it’s more than enough unless it’s for bling purposes.
 

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I also want to get back to proper powerful Brembo braking, the standard brakes spoil the bike for me.
Which pads are you running? Many who upgraded the pads seem to have little complaints? Although personal preference is just that. :smile:

Do the master cylinder and pads it’s more than enough unless it’s for bling purposes.

I can't see the harm in changing out our Jose Cuervo calipers with real Brem's.. :smile_big:
 

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The brake pipe just need a little bit of persuasion (bending a little straighter, only a few millimetres ), I have kept the standard master cylinder, all works great. The only limiting factor is that the ABS comes in very easy when is anchor on, mainly down the cold tyres !
Got the callipers for £120, 2017 bike.
 

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I fitted EBC EPFA front brake pads first day getting the bike, they did greatly improve the feel and initial braking bite. However now put on about 5K miles and the braking has lost its feel again and the lever has to pulled very near the grip for power, so much so I have had to change my grip position to get the braking I want. Never had this problem with previous KTM’s fitted with Brembo’s.
I am keen to change the callipers and maybe master cylinder to get the braking the bike needs.
What brake pipe needed a bit of bending exactly Monkeynuts ?
 
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