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…

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