Hey you guys: Our bike has a pro Link and the Duke has a shock unit bolted straight between the swing arm and the frame. It also has the exhaust box right in front of it to radiate heat into its hydraulics. Speaking of heat, isn’t it the Duke 390 that we hear about overheating in stop-go traffic? (And here I sit in Phoenix.) So the 390 has bigger forks up front but they have to; they’re upside-down. We have a bigger tank, better gas mileage, and more miles between tires. The other bike has a harder-to-read display but with a gear indicator (nice) and more visual whiz-bangs. We pay extra for ABS (I don’t want it) but the Duke with it is more than a grand more expensive. They have a “funny” exhaust system and we have a clean, sweeping header with lots of slip-on options. The acceleration from 100+ more cc’s really takes off but we are not TU250’s either. So if it’s really that important to play-race or have the occasional onlooker think you have a Ducati, the KTM’s your bargain-toy. The Honda has so much to offer, we very experienced riders, after all our years messing with the big stuff but now going for small-bike excellence, have found our dream bike. But Honda, should you really brag it a "naked" bike with all that folded-paper looking plastic? Is your market really for riders who want a transformer or an Iron Man suit? Oh, and please Mr. You Tube and Magazine experts, stop calling it a beginner bike.