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KTM 790 Duke vs Ducati Monster 797 vs Triumph Street Triple S vs Kawasaki Z900 – Specification Comparison

The Austrian motorcycle making company took the world by storm last year when it announced the new 790 Duke. And the good news is that the company is also planning to launch this new orange street monster in the Indian market by late 2019, or early 2020. KTM will only announce the 790 Duke price in India only after its launch which is expected in coming few years. Today we compare it against its rivals such as Kawasaki Z900, Triumph Street Triple S, and Ducati 797.

Engine and Specification Comparison –

The most underpowered bike in this comparison is the Ducati 797 which makes close to 46bhp less than the most powerful bike in its competition, the Kawasaki Z900. On the papers, the Ducati 797 generates about 75bhp of raw L-Twin power at 8250 rpm from its 803 cc air cooled Desmodue twin-cylinder engine, which also makes close to 67 Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm. Coming on to Kawasaki Z900, it is the most ferociously powered beast in this comparison as it develops close to 123 bhp of maximum power 9,500 rpm from its 948cc 4-stroke In-Line Four, liquid-cooled engine that also makes 98 Nm of peak torque at 7700 rpm. The British bike, Street Triple S is powered with the newly updated engine which is a 765cc In-Line Three, liquid-cooled engine that makes close to 110bhp at 11,250 rpm and 73 Nm peak torque comes at 10,421 rpm. Last but not the least, the KTM is powered with a newly developed parallel-twin engine which is brand new for 2018. The engine is a 799 cc 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin, which makes close to 103bhp of power and 86Nm of peak torque.

Features and electronics –

Starting off with the Italian beauty, Ducati Monster 797 packs a number of features such as LCD screen, under-seat USB charging port, Ducati Multimedia System, Ducati Traction Control, and  Bosch twin-channel ABS. While the Kawasaki only features new full digital instrument panel and ABS in the name of features and electronics. The Triumph comes with ABS and switchable traction control, Road and Rain riding modes, and an LCD instrument panel. But the bike that clearly wins in this argument and is way ahead of everything else in the competition is the KTM 790 Duke that has futuristic electronics such as riding modes, track modes, traction control, quick shifter, supermoto mode, motorcycle stability control with cornering ABS, launch control, and slipper clutch with assist. It also offers an optional KTM my ride control unit.

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Price comparison –

The Kawasaki Z900 is priced at Rs 7.68 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), the Triumph Street Triple S is priced at Rs 8.50 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), and the Ducati Montser 797 will cost you close to Rs 8.10 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).

The KTM Duke 790 price in India has not been announced yet, but we expect the same to cost around Rs 6 lakh when launched in the Indian market.

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Ducati Monster 821 vs Kawasaki Z900 vs Triumph Street Triple S – Specification Comparison

Indian middle-weight motorcycle segment is getting hotter day by day as almost every major motorcycle maker in the world has launched its motorcycle of the same segment in the Indian two-wheeler market. Recently, Ducati launched its new Monster 821 bike in India which was actually relaunched after it was taken off the charts last year during emission norms rules were changed and the country shifted from BSIII to BSIV. In the article today we compare the Ducati’s latest Monster 821 against the mighty Kawasaki 900, and the Triumph Street Triple S.

Engine and Power Comparison –

Out of all the three motorcycles, the most power is the Kawasaki Z900 which is even more potent version of the earlier Z800 motorcycle which was already a class leading motorcycle. Talking about the new Z900, the carries a 948cc In-Line Four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates more than 123 bhp of maximum power at 9,500 rpm and 98.6Nm of peak torque comes at 7,700 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The out figures from this motorcycle sure looks promising but on the other hand, its Italian and British rivals are not far behind.

Talking about the new Monster 821, it utilizes an 821cc Testastretta 11 Degree L-Twin engine that churns out close to 108bhp at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm at 7,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox but unlike the Z900, it also offers an optional bi-directional quick shifter. What comes very close to the output figures on the Monster 821 is the Triumph Street Triple S which runs on 765cc In-Line Triple cylinder engine which is liquid cooled, this engine delivers 110bhp of full power at 11,250 rpm and 73 Nm of peak torque comes at 10,421 rpm. And like the Monster, it also comes with a 6-speed transmission.

So when it comes to number alone, Kawasaki Z900 comes as a winner since it offers significantly more power and torque compared to both of its rivals.

Equipment and Features Comparison –

Though the Ducati Monster 821 might not be the most powerful bike in its class but as old folks say it’s not all about the power, it’s about how all that power is used.  The new Monster is the most feature loaded motorcycle when all its rivals are taken into consideration. The bike comes packed with the latest and most futurist electronics such as Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS 9.1 MP), Power modes (Touring, Sport, and Urban), Ride-by-Wire, TFT color display, and passenger cover seat. All these features comes as standard on the Monster 821, while other features such as Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Safety system and Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA), comes as optional.

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Talking about its Japanese rival, Z900 doesn’t have much in comparison with the Monster, as it only offers standard ABS. On the flip side Triumph Street Triple S features quite a lot of stuff such as ABS and switchable traction control, Road and Rain riding modes, and an LCD instrument panel. The meter on the bike has been taken off from its last version which is a semi-digital panel. While the one seen on Kawasaki has been updated fully when compared to the earlier Z800 motorcycle. It now features a digital needle configuration and at the same time displaying everything else digitally.

In terms of features and equipment, it is clearly the Ducati Monster 821 that shines out as the clear winner out of all.

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Brakes Comparison –

The Ducati Monster 821 is the only bike in the category to offer Brembo front brakes as standard. The bike comes with dual 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted monoblock Brembo M4-32 calipers at the front while at the back sits twin-piston calipers disc brakes. Kawasaki uses dual 300 mm front petal disc brakes at the front and a single 250 mm rear petal disc brake at the back.  The Triumph Street Triple S comes fitted with Nissin twin-piston sliding calipers at the front and Brembo single piston sliding calipers at the back.

Price Comparison –

The Kawasaki Z900 comes out as an option priced the lowest in its segment, it currently retails at Rs 7.68 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the Triumph Street Triple S is almost Rs 80,000 costlier than the same, priced at Rs 8.50 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The Ducati Monster comes out as the most costly proposition at Rs 9.51 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).

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