Speed Mon­sters..............................

Edge of the new Away from the bleed­ing are two class breed of su­per nakeds t fans galore… acts bound to at­trac

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These two bikes have been round the block a few times, but in 2014 they both ap­pear to be in fine

2of Satan 014 has spawned two sons – the 1290 KTM Su­per Duke R and the BMW S 1000 R – to com­pete of the with the un­doubted ex­cel­lence ut­ter nut­ters Aprilia Tuono V4R. These through cor­ners rule in a race, of­fer cul­ture and boast tech galore, but, strangely not every­one is af­ter this pure fo­cus. Sporti­ness in the naked class is noth­ing new, but these der­obed su­per­bikes have never sold well. No, the real money to be made is a step down from this mad­ness. to find that two So it comes as no sur­prise bikes in the sec­tor of the most suc­cess­ful have long and proud her­itages. the class off in Du­cati’s Mon­ster kicked

bitsa cre­ation 1993, with An­gel Galuzzi’s be­com­ing an in­stant hit – and spawn­ing a Some of these le­gion of fur­ther mod­els. have had real sport­ing in­tent, and the lat­est big boy of the range is equipped with in a sports­bike. ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect Ex­cept the Mon­ster 1200 S isn’t quite as rad­i­cal as some of its older re­la­tions. True, it’s laden with tech, power and dy­namism, but Du­cati has the sense to re­alise that its of­fer­ings need to work on the road, rather than be an ex­pen­sive track hack... de­but came A year af­ter the Mon­ster’s Triple. This the Tri­umph T309 Speed the mar­riage of ma­chine was born from Tri­umph’s mod­u­lar con­struc­tion meth­ods, but its ag­gres­sive café racer looks and in­domitable grunt gen­er­ated a fol­low­ing that would be called cult – if it weren’t for Tri­umph has kept the the fact it was so big. its two recipe the same through­out frames, decades, in­tro­duc­ing new pow­er­plants and looks to suit the age, and though this model is now three years old, it still of­fers ev­ery­thing you want in a 2014 style, a sporty naked – dis­tinc­tive sided swingarm mus­cu­lar mo­tor, a sin­gle- and at­ti­tude by the buck­et­load. So we took these bikes to some of their stalk­ing grounds, in town and coun­try, to Ital­ian see which side of the English/ di­vide you should stand on.

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