Get naked 20
Part one of our biggest and best super naked test sees four of the best European bikes put to the test.
With super naked bikes getting better, faster and downright sexier it’s no wonder they sell in the numbers that they do. With eight strong contenders vying for the super naked crown, part one of our mega-test sees the best Europe has to offer put through their paces.
Put your hand up if you love getting naked. I know I do – you can have all sorts of fun when you’ve got your kit off, and the same can be said for riding naked motorcycles. And if you like big, fast, naked motorcycles you are well and truly spoilt for choice these days with more than a strong handful of 140bhp+ options to choose from. And as we don’t like doing stuff by half here at Fast Bikes, for our latest monster-bike mega-test we’ve rounded up eight of the best super naked bikes available and well and truly put them through their paces.
We know that when you’re thinking of parting with your hard earned for whatever latest and greatest steed you so wish, you’re going to want to know all the details about it, so not only have we munched many hundreds of miles on the each of the bikes, to give you a detailed and fair assessment of their manners on the road, we have gone to the ends of the Earth (well, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground) to get some proper, scientific data on each bike. We’ve got 0-60 times, lap-times round the test track and of course an all-important wheelieability rating.
Frodo was put in charge of 0-60 times as he is, to all intents and purposes, a child, making him the most computer savvy and therefore able to work out how to use the launch control systems on selected models. Dangerous Bruce loves talking about his lap-times (“1:34 round Cadwell you know…” Yawn), so we thought we would give him the job of setting some blisteringly fast laps round Bruntingthorpe’s test track. And since I (Boothy) am the only one who can wheelie a bike for longer than it takes the shutter to open and close on a modern camera, I was tasked with pulling the biggest mingers I possibly could (it just so happens that I’m the best at that, too) on Bruntingthorpe’s 3km runway.
All together our test featured eight big super nakeds but, so that we can give you the most concise, in-depth and considered appraisal of each of the models, we’ve decided to concentrate on the four European bikes this issue, and then can give the four Jap bikes the same treatment next issue.
For a few years the fast-as-yalike Aprilia Tuono V4 has been top of the class at the European school of super nakeds, but 2017 saw an updated BMW S1000R, a new KTM 1290 Super Duke R and in 2018 the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS got a serious update, so it really was all to play for. We couldn’t wait to see if anything had what it takes to bump the all-conquering Tuono off the top step…