Comparative Bikes Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390 Sympas, Small Roadsters A2!

Question: Can we have fun with entry-level bikes, sold less than € 6,000 and developing less than 48 horses? Answer: Well yes! Honda CB 500 F and KTM Duke 390 is certainly good surprises of the new category A2 motorcycle license.

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

Made with serious thoughts for the sake of versatility for the Honda and KTM for fun, they advertise as two cartons of 2013.

Honda CB500F vs. KTM 390 Duke

Sitting at the helm of the new KTM 390 Duke, I back the A6 motorway from Lyon / Saint-Priest (seat KTM France) to Paris. 130 km / h, the engine of the 390 Duke is running at just over 7 000 r / min (tachometer unreadable key), vibration encourage more driving at a speed of 115 km / h.

Despite the rather flat and thin saddle, I do not suffer too much. The times are amazing: no need to downgrade to overcome small sedans that roll to the controller 122 km / h … and I said then that the confrontation with the Honda CB 500 F looks more than interesting.

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

Honda CB 500 F, a very nice utility

Honda CB 500 F, we have spoken several times this year. She even starred in our great bikes comparative A2 . Worthy descendant of one of the most famous commercial 90s, the Honda CB 500 F new generation wants more modern line.

Honda was able to play the pencil to draw him perfectly fitted plastic, with a mini air CB 1000 R A beautiful skin that is even used to hide unsightly elements such as diamond-steel frame and various cables. Ergonomics, the Honda CB 500 F 2013 plays outset of his versatility against the KTM. It is suitable for almost all sizes: saddle quite low (790 mm), triangle handlebar / seat / casual enough and narrow all footrest … you do not feel any discomfort in his handlebars.

Honda CB 500 F

Honda CB 500 F Bikes  Pictures

KTM Duke 390, Which has a Small Austrian Dog

By moving the engine off two bikes, we immediately took the heavy weight difference between them. KTM to recall uses a single cylinder 373.2 cm3 and 151.8 kg admit Kerb on the balance Moto Station. 41.2 kg less than the Honda CB 500 F, an abyss! However, the Honda – with its twin-cylinder 471 cm3 and 193 kg fully fueled checked – is far from an anvil.

Low (800 mm), the KTM really small next to the Honda. In the saddle, it is equally important and if less than 1.70 m find super affordable, the larger will constantly pulling back on the passenger seat to fold their legs, because in order to feet located far behind. Fun philosophy, the KTM 390 Duke is also line with its wheels and frame painted orange. However, the curious that we have crossed confused with its sister 125 cm3. Which frankly does not play in his favor.

Honda CB 500 F

Honda CB 500 F Bikes Photos

KTM Duke 390, which has a small Austrian Dog

By moving the engine off two bikes, we immediately took the heavy weight difference between them. KTM to recall uses a single cylinder 373.2 cm3 and 151.8 kg admit Kerb on the balance Moto Station. 41.2 kg less than the Honda CB 500 F, an abyss! However, the Honda – with its twin-cylinder 471 cm3 and 193 kg fully fueled checked – is far from an anvil.

Low (800 mm), the KTM really small next to the Honda. In the saddle, it is equally important and if less than 1.70 m find super affordable, the larger will constantly pulling back on the passenger seat to fold their legs, because in order to feet located far behind. Fun philosophy, the KTM 390 Duke is also line with its wheels and frame painted orange. However, the curious that we have crossed confused with its sister 125 cm3. Which frankly does not play in his favor.

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

Honda CB 500 F vs KTM Duke 390

From 110 km / h, the KTM Dominates Times

We left on the road, with an essential motorway link. Here, there is no photo. Honda CB 500 F dominates her rival. This is largely a matter of pleasure, because it vibrates less and engine running about 1200 rev / min slower never seems to suffer to run at 130 km / h. The comfort of the CB, including a potential passenger is better. However, highways highlight the health of the small Austrian mono.

In our tests of recovery, especially from 110 km / h in sixth, the KTM 390 Duke held a candle to the Honda! From this speed, the cylinder is expressed completely, ending up right on his most nerve rev range. Duke 390, although aided by its light weight, so is very energetic while Honda is slowing a bit at high speed. Over the course of a test maxi ‘way Autobahn, Honda comes in contact with the KTM, but only slightly.

Below 90 km / h, the roundness of the twin Honda makes the difference: the engine can pass through a village sixth less than 70 km / h, leave as a flower. None of that riding the KTM: play selector is essential.

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390 Bikes Pictures

Ultra sound, Honda knows all (sufficiently)

We arrive at the spot of the picture “jump”, which has a recreational purpose. Unless it is a kind of homage to John Mc Guinness, multiple winner of the Tourist Trophy, which was due to fly to Ballaugh Bridge this year riding a Honda CBR 500 R, but had to settle its usual Fireblade. Honda, who knows everything well, adapts to exercise. She takes off on an impulse engine and landed almost flat. Suspensions absorb constraint: they may well be dry on the Parisian pavement, they stood firm during the compression.

On the KTM Duke 390, we find signed WP suspensions, often referenced for the affected road Austrian motorcycles. Here, they present a compelling damping, but their progression is not unusual. It feels more work springs than hydraulics. This is the case during hard braking, which suggests an unusual squealing KTM. This does not prevent the KTM 390 Duke to be simply enjoyable on the small roads. More it turns, it becomes more exciting! We recover here the genes of the brand devilish agility, precision placement, possibility to control the instinct exacerbated.

Honda CB 500 F

Honda CB 500 F Bikes Images

Conclusion: Two Great Successes for A2 License

More than face-to-face, these two new show a strong trend of this decade. Meetings Asia (Thai subsidiary for Honda, with the Indian partner for Bajaj KTM), these two motorcycles are designed for emerging markets, but they assume the role of entry-level big guns for these manufacturers. Compliance with the new A2 license is an additional boon for these two musts of 2013 vintage.

Sold € 5590, Honda CB 500 F offers unsurprisingly greater versatility than KTM. More serious on the bottom as on the form, she said this to all uses and is an excellent utility sometimes wise, sometimes sports. The KTM Duke 390 is also a great surprise. Proposed € 5,115, it does not usurp his identity: it is a true KTM, light, nimble, punchy and fun. It will certainly be less comfortable everyday and travel as the Honda, but in a purely recreational perspective, it is an excellent choice!

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