Both bikes are so balanced, with such immediate and stable handling, potent motors, and precise controls, that you feel familiar with them after just a few corners. The Kawasaki’s lower stance, softer seat, and more compliant suspension make it more amicable on the street, and its ultra-light steering (there is no steering damper) makes the bike feel nimble and well-balanced at low speeds. The Triumph stands taller, with stiffer suspension and a firm, narrow seat pad. Both bikes have fairly committed riding positions, but neither machine lacks legroom, and the reach to the clip-ons is reasonable though the Triumph’s bars are noticeably lower and put more pressure on your wrists. As you might expect, the Kawasaki offers a more comfortable ride on the open road, while its wider, taller fairing cuts a bigger hole in the air for its pilot. The Triumph’s short windscreen leaves you wanting more wind protection at highway speeds, making several hours in the saddle feel like it’s longer.