Base Price: $5,299
KTM might not be most familiar motorcycle brand to many American shoppers, but the Austrian company makes some of the sportiest and aggressive bikes around—both in terms of design and engineering. These bikes have roots that go deep into off-road racing, where the company has serious expertise building very potent single cylinder engines.
The freshened-up Duke 390 is packing a single cylinder 44-hp “thumper” of its own. We’ve always liked the personality of these engines. Since the Duke 390 weighs just over 300 pounds dry (without fuel or oil), it sure feels incredibly responsive and easy to ride hard on a twisty road. This bike might be priced for the novice, but it should prove fun to anyone that likes an organic, visceral ride. Enhancements for 2017 include an improved suspension, larger brakes, a taller seat, and some seriously aggressive styling.