Little Tearers Comparison: Honda CB500F vs. KTM 390 Duke

KTM’s 373cc Single is revvier and works harder all the time than Honda’s sweet little 471cc parallel-Twin, but just can’t make up for the Honda’s extra 98cc. Il Duke’s 88 less pounds more than makes up for the shortage, though. (These are actually the charts from our 2015 CB500F, since Honda tells us the engine hasn’t changed and the new exhaust doesn’t increase power. And that’s the graph from our last KTM RC390, said to be in the exact same state of tune as the Duke.)