Compared to the previous 690 Duke, which pulsed like a paint shaker and never really felt at home on American roads, this new KTM is a huge improvement. It falls beautifully between the entry-level 390 and brutal 1290. As for rivals, there’s one that clearly stands out. The previously mentioned FZ-07 is heavier, a little less powerful, and lacks ABS, but other than that is a stupendous little bike (and sells for $2,000 less). The Husky, it’s pretty much one of a kind. Be startled by the price if you want, but truth be told it could make a good daily rider if your commute is urban or bumpy, and as a plaything it is unmatched.