Low on power doesn't always mean low on fun. Take the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G310R, for example. Both are A2 licence-friendly machines with beginners and commuters in mind, but they're also a lot of fun, as Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves found out for this test.
For 2017 KTM have tweaked and refined the 390 Duke with a new ride-by-wire throttle, side-mounted exhaust, revised chassis and suspension, a 20mm bigger front disc, 2.4 litre larger fuel tank, 1290-style headlight and a multi-function colour dash which looks amazing.
The G310R, on the other hand, is new for 2017, and a machine BMW hope will tempt new riders into the two-wheeled world. Powered by a reverse-cylinder 313cc motor, it has an S1000R look-a-like front end, radial calipers and dash.
KTM 390 Duke, £4599
Engine: 373.2cc 4v single
Seat height: 830mm
Dry weight: 149kg
Suspension: 43mm WP forks non- adjustable and single shock adjustable for preload
Brakes: 320mm front disc with Bybre four-piston caliper. 230mm rear disc with single-piston caliper
Tank size: 13.4 litres
Tyres: 110/70 x 17 x front 150/60 x 17 rear
BMW G310R, £4290
Engine: 313cc 4v single
Seat height: 785mm
Kerb weight: 158.5kg
Suspension: 41mm upside down forks non adjustable and rear shock, adjustable for preload
Brakes: 2 x 300mm front discs with four-piston radial caliper. 249mm rear disc with single-piston caliper
Tank size: 11 litres
Tyres: 110/70 x 17 x front150/60 x 17 rear
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