Sensible parallel twin or berserko pocket-sized single? It's a choice many A2 licence holders will be pondering. We can help.
THEY'RE two very different answers to the same question. One is a raucous mini naked bike, the other a sporty fully-faired all-rounder. Both are on target for A2 licence licence restrictions. Only £400 separates them in price. Which deserves your cash?
Price: £5,099 OTR Capacity: 471ccPower: 47bhpWeight: 194kg kerb Seat height: 790mm
Price: £4,500 plus OTRCapacity: 372.2ccPower: 43bhp (41.5bhp for A2)Weight: 139kg drySeat height: 800mm
If this comparison were called ‘CBR500R vs Duke 390 for clearing the cobwebs and having a blast to your local bike meet,’ the KTM would be the winner, no question.
But we’re looking for the one that’s best at doing everything people do on bikes, including commuting and motorway work. While the Duke would be more fun for an afternoon, we think the CBR would be easier to live with long-term.
It’s not just the lack of fairing that limits Duke’s usefulness for long distances. Doing just over 100 miles on a tank before the fuel warning comes on could get annoying.
Although CBR is about £400 more expensive than the Duke, you’d make some money back from the CBR’s superior fuel economy.
The Duke’s small dimensions are all good fun, and great for slicing through traffic, but the novelty could wear off. It feels literally a bit like a toy, whereas the CBR500R is more of a full-size motorcycle.
While the Duke feels like it out-accelerates the CBR, the Honda’s extra 5.5bhp is likely to close the gap as speeds rise.
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