Ja­pan vs Europe

A shoot-out many have been wait­ing for is fi­nally here, so which tiny ter­ror rules, ei­ther on one wheel or two?

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This month we have a real show­down on our hands. A scrap be­tween two bikes that, on pa­per at the very least, should be as equal as they come. Power and torque are nearly iden­ti­cal, but both make it so dif­fer­ently. One is priced quite a bit higher than the other, but com­po­nent qual­ity then comes into play. We ex­pect both of these bikes to take the lead, and lose it, more than a few times as we work through the test cat­e­gories. The pro­tag­o­nists are KTM’s al­ways hi­lar­i­ous 690 Duke and the new kid in the cheap naked mid­dleweight arena, Yamaha’s MT-07. Both fill sim­i­lar roles, yet are set apart in many ways, though we reckon this could be the clos­est Rider Cup we’ve had since its in­cep­tion. Time to find out!

MT-07 vs Duke 690

Words: ben­jamin

‘Bj’ kubas cronin

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