Performance Bikes (UK) - - CONTENTS - Chris New­big­ging Ed­i­tor, [email protected]­mag.co.uk

IS IT JUST ME, OR ARE man­u­fac­tur­ers miss­ing a trick with mid­dleweights? We’re tired of beat­ing the drum about a Day­tona 765; but the Du­cati 959/MV 800 ably demon­strate the mer­its of slightly less pow­er­ful, more ag­ile bikes, in an ex­clu­sive, pricey Ital­ian sort of way. But wit­ness KTM’s Pikes Peak-win­ning 790 Duke. It’s es­sen­tially a pipe and sus­pen­sion kit, yet it el­e­vates a bike from feel­ing a bit ‘new rider’ to ‘weapons-grade hoon tool’. It would make a bril­liant pro­duc­tion bike. Same goes for Yamaha’s 700 plat­form. Dirt cheap, with a great en­gine and in­trin­si­cally good ge­om­e­try, but held back by poor sus­pen­sion. PB’s Ger­man friend Do­minik Klein turned an XSR700 in to handy lit­tle grin tool with­out too much ef­fort: it scores heav­ily on style, too. In a time when the firms are pushed to make bikes safer and greener as well as com­bat­ting a cost-con­scious mar­ket, it seems there’s an op­por­tu­nity be­ing missed. Not by us, though: dive in for more on our mid­weight an­tics this month.

‘Mid weights ably demon­strate the mer­its of slightly less power yet more agility’

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