Matt Bynum | 5'10" 160 lb. Intermediate
After spending a few test days riding the two bikes, I was able to come to a conclusion on which bike I preferred: KTM. Right away I noticed the KTM did not have the typical overwhelming two-stroke vibration, which made it feel much more comfortable on the track. As soon as I fired up the Yamaha I noticed the vibration was far more substantial. Both bikes have a good motor; however, in this department I enjoyed the Yamaha more. I felt the KTM revved out sooner and signed off far too early, with the Yamaha I felt it had much more midrange. It pulled longer and offered more over-rev. On to handling characteristics, I felt both bikes were rather easy to maneuver, but the KTM won here. It was much easier to turn the KTM, especially in deep ruts. The Yamaha just simply felt less nimble, while the KTM felt very light and easy to ride. On the suspension side, I liked the Yamaha more just because I felt it wasn't as soft as the KTM and seemed to hold up better when the track got choppy. Overall, I liked both bikes, but the KTM was easier to ride than the Yamaha and much more enjoyable with the track conditions where we tested.