Top Ten Naked Bikes

Top Ten Naked Bikes

Posted by Team Motorcycle on Apr 4th 2016

1. Suzuki SV-650: The Jack of All Trades

The SV-650 is the motorcycle equivalent of the girl next door; down to earth, ready to go anywhere, do anything, and it’s the only bike you could get away with taking home to your family. This bike is the classic multi-purpose motorcycle. Race it, commute it, ride it like you stole it, but you’ll never outgrow it. With the SV’s fuel injected, 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-Twin, it has the hearty v-twin sound of American muscle, but with a docile nature that makes it ideal for newer riders. Especially since it has the all new low RPM Assist feature on the TI-ISC, which adjusts speed for engine take-off and low speed running; a must-have for finicky power in the lower gears. Still, once skill kicks in, the SV is easily adapted to the track and it’s also simple to work on and customize. Basically, this is the bike you could make your wife, as it could keep you happy for life, minus the weight gain or nagging.


2. Triumph Speed Triple S: The Nimble Entrepreneur

Triumph decided to give their trusty stalwart a complete makeover this year, as the engine features 104 new components. The Speed Triple’s nimble handling paired with its sophisticated braking technology make this naked fiend a riot, even in crowded city streets. With Brembo Monobloc radial calipers, DRL headlights, Ride By Wire, SlipAssist and switchable ABS that can be shut off via the instrument cluster, this bike offers sophistication and affordability in an alluring, compact package worthy of any moto-felonious appetite.


3. Yamaha FZ-09™: The Newest Kid on the Block

The FZ-09 has picked up some momentum this year, as Yamaha has really stepped up the game with the naked bike. The 847cc liquid-cooled, in-line 3-cylinder, DOHC, 12-valve engine with fuel injection is an individualistic innovation that sets this bike apart. That along with advanced high tech components including YCC-T® and Yamaha D-Mode, and the addictive-sounding crossplane concept crankshaft, this motorcycle is torquey, quick-revving and fun. Also equipped with Yamaha’s D-MODE (“Drive Mode”) variable throttle control system, the rider has the prerogative to choose the optimum engine character for their riding preference. So step aside monotony, because the FZ-09 is about that bike life.


4. Aprilia Tuono: Too Sexy for its Frame

The Tuono never gets old. Each year, the styling gets snappier, edgier and snarkier, but keeps it real with the 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 90° longitudinal V-Twin engine. Who doesn’t love that trademark v-twin sound? Though it may not be wearing all the innovations of its peers, it’s suspension is on fleek with Öhlins upside-down forks that are fully adjustable for spring preload, hydraulic rebound and compression. This along with Aprilia’s APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system including traction control (ATC), wheel control (AWC), launch control (ALC), and quick shift (AQS), that are all independently settable and de-selectable, this bike was literally made for you, so stop looking at the puppy dog in the window and pick up one for yourself.


5. MV Agusta Brutale 800: The Delectable Dream Machine

The Brutale was recently seen as a movie prop in Batman vs. Superman, but we’d certainly never make this dream machine a living room accoutrement. With snazzy Brembo radial calipers and a multi-adjustable suspension, this thing feels as deft as Pacquiao but stops like Rousey after a hit from Holm. It’s also endowed with a multi-map Full Ride by Wire that is integrated to the traction control and is adjustable on eight levels. With this kind of control and top tier styling, even Trump might crack a smile after a ride or two aboard this beast.

6. Kawasaki Z1000: The Ultimate No-Holds-Bar Streetfighter

If you prefer a motorcycle with a growl like a Puma and a powerplant that creates so much power, you could practically outrun time, you’ll love the Kawasaki Z1000. Equipped with ABS, a light, aluminum frame similar to the Ninja® ZX™-10R and a Showa Separate Function Fork-Big Piston (SFF-BP), this bike is a modern feat of innovation with efficient steering and ample vroom to keep your butt slide to the rear of the seat. If you’re looking for something that’s approachable but looks aggressive, the Z delivers.


7. Ducati Monster 821: Better Fitted for a Custom Suit

It’s not exactly the fanciest of the bunch, with minimalist, compact styling and trellis frame, however, this bike is most adaptable for aftermarket and custom work. Monsters have always been a favorite for mixing and matching to create a Frankenstein-type masterpiece. But if you do prefer the classic Ducati look and feel, the Monster is truest to Ducati’s roots as it’s equipped with an 821cc twin-cylinder Testastretta 11° engine with 4 valves per cylinder, that yields 9.1kgm (89,4 Nm) of torque for responsive acceleration when you need it on congested city streets.


8. BMW S1000R: Go Go Gadget Go

No one does tech-geek better than BMW. With an efficient and virile high-performance 4-cylinder in-line engine derived from the RR, the S1000R’s linear torque delivery provides a consistent forward punch across the entire rev range. To harness such fierce power, the S1000R boasts Race ABS and ASC (automatic stability control) as standard, along with Ride Modes Pro (Rain, Road + Dynamic, Dynamic Pro), gear shift assist, DTC (dynamic traction control) and cruise control to decrease or increase power at the push of a button.


9. KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R Special Edition: Built to the Hilt

The Super Duke has more accoutrements out the box than the Kardashians. With an Akrapovič titanium silencer that reduces weight, wave brake discs, multi-adjustable hand levers, a state-of-the-art instrument cluster, traction control and ergonomic seat, there’s very little aftermarket needed on this bike for any other reason than customizable style. And for you taller ladies and gents, the seat height hovers above the ground at a lofty 32.9″. This, along with the stretched, relaxed riding position and easy reach to the bars makes this bike tantalizing, even after a long day of riding.


10. Honda CB1000R: The Trusty Steed

Honda hasn’t really set any precedents recently in the naked bike class. However, Honda motorcycles are durable machines with the innards that have the endurance and stamina to withstand the tests of time. At 37 mpg with a 4.5-gallon tank and a one-gallon reserve, you can stretch those last few miles on the highways with little worry about making it to your destination after sun down. The CB1000R also features a 43mm inverted HMAS™ cartridge fork with adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping, which boasts 4.3 inches of travel allowing you the versatility to compensate for the bumpier roads. In short, the CB1000R has the capability to give you thrills with no frills after several thousand miles so you can throttle her to the horizon well after the cows come home.