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BIKE (UK) - - THE BIG TEST -

Du­cati Desert Sled

Pros: looks and feels au­then­tic, with great Xt500-in­spired colours. Bet­ter sus­pen­sion than base Scram­bler, and a hint of dirt abil­ity too. Cool. Cons: not as ea­ger for silliness as the Husky, vi­brates more and costs a grand more. Price: £9395 PCP deal: £1999 de­posit, £114 for 36 months, fi­nal pay­ment £4629. To­tal £10,725

KTM 690 Duke

Pros: gen­uine gi­ant-killing abil­ity, more elec­tron­ics than the Husky, and a bit edgy – has qual­ity and ‘proper’ KTM air their big­ger bikes have lost.

Cons: looks pricey next to Ja­panese twins, suf­fers sin­gle­cylin­der pre­con­cep­tions. Price: £7799 PCP deal: £1849 de­posit, £99 for 36 months, fi­nal pay­ment £3352. To­tal £8765

Yamaha XSR700

Pros: funky twin, light han­dling, af­ford­able, plus plenty of of­fi­cial ac­ces­sory parts too. As ace as MT†07 it’s based on, but looks bet­ter. Cons: retro styling not en­tirely con­vinc­ing, and base MT is £700 cheaper. Price: £6839 PCP deal: £1338 de­posit, £89 for 36 months, fi­nal pay­ment £3130. To­tal £7672

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