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Thread: 2014: Year of the Open-Class Naked Bike

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    2014: Year of the Open-Class Naked Bike

    Posted from Motorcyclist.com

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    At least once a year there?s a test we especially look forward to. For 2014, this is it: a comprehensive comparison of modern, high-performance ?naked? streetbikes. Why? Because this crop of bare-chested beasts represents not only a resurgence in the category but also an important shift in emphasis. In recent years, naked bikes were often hard-core sportbikes stripped of bodywork and given more upright ergonomics. We?re on board with that. But they were also stripped of some performance, ?dumbed down.? The result was great streetbikes that were sometimes less than thrilling stand-ins for the real sportbikes. That we like a lot less.

    It?s different today. Take a look at this unruly bunch. Half slam 150 hp to the rear wheel, and the other three are nipping at the heels of 130. Sneak a peek at the hardware: Brembo, ?hlins, Sachs, fully adjustable suspension, and high-line brakes. And now the software: Traction control, ride modes, and ABS are almost universal. These are serious motorcycles with massive performance potential. But there?s still more to it: This group also offers an attack on your senses, with thrilling sounds, blistering speed, and prison-yard-tough aesthetics.

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    Gigitty to all but the Tuono, and Ill only throw half a gig to the BMW... IMO, It needs mismatched fairings to balance out the mismatched headlamps.

    Voo <3's him some naked bikes.
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    i suspected one day i'd find a review that put the new ktm in second place
    Steve

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    As far as looks... That KTM is close to untouchable right now... IMO.
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