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Q What’s best af­ter a 12-year break?

I am com­ing back to bikes af­ter a 12-year break, and had a test ride on a KTM 390 Duke the other day. Well, af­ter rid­ing the bike for an hour, I un­der­stood the phrase ‘born again biker’ as the smile on my face was price­less.

I need a bike for my 20-mile com­mute and I tested the 390 as I’m quite short in the leg. My last three bikes were a Fire­blade RRW, GSX-R750 and a Du­cati 748, but I don’t want a full-on, point-and-shoot ma­chine as my knees and wrists couldn’t han­dle that rac­ing po­si­tion.

I can get a new Duke for a lit­tle over £3000, which is not a lot of money, but I’m wor­ried that I might get bored of it, so I’m also look­ing at the Kawasaki ER-6N, Yamaha MT-07 or Honda CB650. Ge­orge Peter­son, Scar­bor­ough

An­swered by Michael A Neeves, MCN It won’t take long for the old magic to come back and you’ll soon be left want­ing more from the 390. The MT-07 would be per­fect: light, low, easy to ride, fun and fru­gal. It has a sur­pris­ing amount of power when you need it and han­dles pre­dictably. With its big­ger en­gine you’ll be able to go on longer trips – fit some lug­gage and you could eas­ily go tour­ing on it, too.

Yamaha MT-07’S pre­dictable han­dling and use­ful power make it ideal

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