There are a dozen ways to get to a brilliant machine, and as many ways to thrill a rider on Highway 33. Making a machine yours is the easiest. Wild adjustability, like you find on an Aprilia RSV4, can set you up for success, and sand down the sharp edges of a track machine. Likewise, lowering the bar. Few things feel as foolishly fast or as hysterical in long, decreasing-radius sweepers like a dirt bike, with its long spindly fork legs doing their best to damp only slightly sticky dirt tires. The Duke 790 takes a very different approach from the Aprilia, and dirt bikes, and even its proto-Duke 790 ancestors. It’s good because it’s eager, balanced, and wasp-waisted. It’s good because its suite of modern electronics don’t intervene with your riding until they’re needed, or wanted. It’s good because, more than most any modern middleweight, it gets out of your way and just helps you ride its wheels off.