2022 KTM 790 Duke - the scalpel slices its way back to the showroom

2022 KTM 790 Duke Scalpel

2022 KTM 790 Duke 'Scalpel' | Image courtesy of KTM (2022)

Way back in 2017 KTM ripped open the mid weight motorcycle segment with the introduction of KTM 790 Duke, affectionately known as ‘The Scalpel’. Chaos ensued and 29,000 of these potent machines flew off showroom floors and into the hands of speed-loving riders.

Since then KTM increased the engine capacity with the ‘Super Scalpel’ and KTM 890 DUKE, leaving midweight riders wondering when the next incarnation of the original scalpel would look like.

Well the wait is almost over. In June of this year, the 2022 KTM 790 Duke Scalpel will land on dealership floors. Here’s what you can expect from KTM’s fresh take on their middleweight champion.

The most compact two cylinder in its class

Two versions of the new look Scalpel will be released. In Europe riders will receive the 95hp version, allowing for A2 configuration. The rest of the world will receive the full bore 105hp version, specifically tuned for torque and power.

The KTM 790 Duke is equipped with KTM’s signature LC8c parallel twin. With an impressive top-end, the new scalpel is lively through the whole rev-range. Riders can enjoy pulling back the throttle, safe in the knowledge that it’s only drinking 4.4L every 100 km. 

Unrivalled handling

The original Scalpel was renowned for its precision handling and the new version lives up to its predecessor. Top of the range WP suspension cushions the ride in the most lively corners. The geometry is geared for sporty street riding, pulling the rider to the road and instilling confidence in every twist of the throttle. 

New colour schemes are next level

It wouldn’t be a new KTM model without a fresh lick of paint. And this time the Scalpel faithful have been rewarded with TWO head turning colourways.

2022 KTM 790 Duke Scalpel

2022 KTM 790 Duke 'Scalpel' | Image courtesy of KTM (2022)

The iconic KTM orange and black makes a return, with new discrete Duke graphics. If you want the classic KTM look this is the one for you. 

If you’re after something a little more ‘bespoke’ the all-new grey and black motif is slicker than Silverstone in the wet. This colourway really does stand out amongst the rest of the middleweight segment. 

Standard features

● Cornering sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC)

● Cornering ABS with SUPERMOTO mode

● 3 standard Ride modes to quickly change the feel of the engine and level of MTC

● Full-color 5-inch TFT display

● LED lights all around

Optional features

● Quickshifter+, allowing for clutchless up and downshifts

● Motor Slip Regulation (MSR)

● TRACK mode

● Cruise Control

● Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

● KTM MY RIDE providing hands-free connection to phone and music

PowerParts and PowerWear on the way

As with all recent KTM releases, after the launch a whole range of PowerParts and PowerWear technical clothing will be available. If you want to customise and personalise your bike, be sure to check them out.

Want to add a scalpel to your garage?

We expect to take delivery of the 2022 KTM 790 Duke Scalpel from the end of June onwards. If you’re interested in opening up the throttle on one of these torque-turning machines, please give the AMS4KTM team a call on +44 (0) 1684 29 29 29, email us or visit our Tewkesbury showroom.