The TNT’s instrumentation is traditional, with an analog rev counter and a digital speedo. Basic information is all you’ll get, with a gear indicator, coolant temperature gauge, fuel gauge, clock and a trip meter, other than the obvious. The KTM offers a full trip computer, with two trip meters logging trip time, average consumption, distance to empty, instantaneous consumption, and service reminders in addition to what the Benelli offers.
Overall, the Duke feels more premium. The fit and finish are of higher quality than the Benelli, but the latter’s paint is of higher quality. Points go to KTM for the new metal tank, and to the Benelli for the red accents all over the bike. The Duke’s seat is softer than before, but that only makes it a little softer than the wooden plank it used to be.
It’s the same with the riding position – the Benelli feels strange, with a long reach over the tank to the ‘bars, and the KTM is far more comfortable in city traffic, with an upright seating position. Find a corner, though, and the TNT’s seating position allows you to hang off just so, where the KTM’s handlebar feels too high.
The KTM sneaks ahead, but not by as large a margin as we expected.