I look utterly ridiculous on this bike. Its not just my height – I was the same height when I was 17, but add in my middle-age spread and I just look daft. Yet that doesn’t stop me enjoying the wee KTM. It may have lacked top speed compared to the Kawasaki on track, but it knocked it into a cocked hat in terms of overall track handling. In fact, the chassis was so good I was wishing for another 20 gee gees at least to play with, it could easily cope with the extra with its excellent (in this company) damping characteristics, quick steering and decent brakes.
On the road those traits made her a little more edgy, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it. Were I opting for the closest to a race bike, this would be my choice, hands down – just look all over the bike and it screams ‘proper little weapon’. But for a mix of both disciplines, the Kawasaki just about edges it by the slimmest of margins.