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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