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This is my favorite new bike of the 2020 season so far.

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Compared to a Ninja 650R, for instance:

Ninja - 425 lbs. dry, 70 hp, crap suspension and brakes
Aprilia - 375 lbs. dry, 100 hp, Öhlins and Brembo!

The Aprilia is going to rip! Yet, it's not a torture-rack racebike. The clip-ons are higher than a typical track-focused sportbike, and the claim is that it's going to be just as comfortable commuting to work as it would be doing a track day. Now, obviously, you'll pay a premium for all that sexy Italian goodness. But imagine if YAMAHA decided to give the MT07 motor the same treatment, and built a track-worthy chassis with street-worthy ergonomics! And then imagine if they did the same thing with the 900 triple! I think they could have the best lineup of sporty bikes for the money of any manufacturer!

I can dream. ?
 

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Aprilia did well this year between the 660 and the RS 250 SP. But I'm also a sucker for track weapons from the factory.

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I have a feeling the price on this will be equally disparate between the Ninja and the Aprilia.
 

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I have a feeling the price on this will be equally disparate between the Ninja and the Aprilia.
Yep! ? Which is why I think Yamaha could just about split the difference (maybe slightly closer to the Aprilia) and still deliver a top notch bike... ?
 
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