I've just recently sold my previous bikes, I started riding last season on a 2012 CBR250R and am now looking to move onto the next step.
I've been looking at the KTM Duke 690 and Ducati Hypermotard 821. Lucky for me the KTM and Ducati dealer are the same business and only 30 minutes away from my college so I can head up there to look at these awesome bikes whenever I feel like taking a trip.
Until a few days ago I was pretty set on the Duke, it seemed to be everything I wanted in a bike. It had plenty of power to have fun with, a comfortable riding position to take trips on, can carry a passenger on the back and looks pretty good!
However I have been looking at the Ducati now and am thinking about spending the extra $1,400 to get it. I am a new rider which means that the 110HP scared me off when I first was looking into my next bike, but I now saw that they come standard with 3 engine maps, one of which can "limit" the bike down to 75HP. I'd probably end up riding in that mode most places I go
Anyways, I'm trying to figure out the pros and cons of each bike, and if there are any other bikes I should be considering...I want a decent looking bike that gets 50+ MPG, can carry a passenger around town (no highway trips likely) and is fun in the twisties but comfortable on the highway since I live 5 hours from my college so I'll be going back and forth on my motorcycle when weather allows.
Any input would be great to hear, thank you!