We’ve been bringing you spy shots of the 2019 790 Duke R from KTM for a while now, we know what the bike looks like in prototype form and today we’ve bagged our spy shots of the bike in finished, ready-to-go guise.

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All that’s missing from the 2019 hot-rod naked roadster is the Austrian firm’s orange paint. Aside from the finishing cosmetic touches, this is the all-new 790 Duke R done and dusted.

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The Duke R is, as the big R in the name suggests, is a specced-up version of the new 790 Duke and gets radially-mounted Brembo calipers, fully adjustable WP suspension front and rear and the sharpest single-seat unit we’ve seen for a long time.

Our spy shots were taken in Spain with the bike going through the last phase of tough on-road testing before any last-minute tweaks are carried out ahead of production. Clearly keen to give the bike as rough a time as possible whilst it can, KTM has started using Moto3 racer Luca Grünwald – who has contested the class in GP for KTM since 2013 – as a test rider for the upcoming R model.

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The upswept exhaust and tightly-tucked-in pipe profile around the motor means that this 790 will have a huge lean angle. The bike will also come with three rider modes, and will be equipped with Cornering ABS, traction control and a Motor Slip Regulator, plus a Supermoto riding mode.

Tony Carter

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