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13 Ridiculously Fast Naked Sports Bikes We’d Love To Swing A Leg Over

Naked sports bikes used to be a sensible option, but these days, they’re practically superbikes with the fairings removed and a more upright seating position.

We’re certainly not complaining, and thanks to the segment’s popularity, we’re now seeing more high-performance naked bikes than ever before.

By scouring manufacturers’ lineups, we’ve compiled a list of exceptional naked motorcycles packing large displacements and tons of power. Not all the bikes on this list are available from dealerships, but you shouldn’t have any problems finding them on the used market.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

Ducati Streetfighter
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Ducati basically removed the Panigale V4 superbike’s fairings, tweaked the ergonomics, and voilà, the Streetfighter was born. With stunning looks and plenty of modern technology, it may be the best naked motorcycle money can buy.

Part of what makes it so good is, of course, the 1,103cc V4 engine that produces 208 horsepower and a glorious soundtrack.

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS / RR

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS
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True to form, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 is eye-wateringly expensive, whether you choose the RR or RS version. There’s no denying that bikes from the competition offer much more for way less. However, that completely misses the point of the Brutale 1000, one of the most exclusive and dramatic bikes money can buy.

This is a raw, analog, naked superbike built for maximum performance on smooth asphalt. Its 1000cc engine produces over 200 wild horses, and you must wring its neck to get the most from it.

Ducati Monster 1200 R

Ducati Monster 1200 R
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It’s been more than 30 years since Ducati introduced the Monster. During that time, it’s gone from a fun hooligan bike to an actual monster. We think the Monster 1200 R is the most impressive version of them all.

With a 160-horsepower L-twin engine and Öhlins suspension, the Monster 1200 R is a highly track-focused weapon. Ownership costs are also reasonable thanks to the extended service- and valve adjustment intervals.

Honda CB1000R

Honda CB1000R
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Buying a Honda motorcycle means owning one of the most reliable bikes ever made. While reliable can sometimes mean boring, there’s absolutely nothing boring about the neo-retro-styled Honda CB1000R.

This naked superbike has awesome retro styling, and with a 143-horsepower 998cc four-cylinder engine, it’s certainly not lacking in the performance department. At full throttle, the speedo eventually shows 143 mph, which is more than enough for road use.

BMW S1000R

BMW S1000R
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As its name suggests, the BMW S1000R is the naked version of the S1000RR. It uses the same chassis and 999cc engine but with 165 horsepower rather than the RR’s 200+.

Luckily, the S1000R’s ergonomics are much more forgiving than those of the fully-faired bike, making it surprisingly comfortable to ride in traffic. While it’s not the most powerful naked bike, it’s still among the fastest motorcycles available for real-world riding.

Suzuki GSX-S1000

Suzuki GSX-S1000
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Suzuki’s GSX-R was a game-changer when it was introduced. Since then, it’s always been among the best superbikes on the market. The GSX-S1000 is the slightly detuned naked version, and in a road-riding scenario, it’s a better option than its track-focused sibling.

The GSX-S has 150 horsepower, which is enough for a top speed of 150 mph. The riding position is on the sporty side of neutral, but not so much that it’s uncomfortable in traffic. It’s also among this class’s cheapest bikes, which makes it a winner in our book.

Yamaha MT-10

Yamaha MT-10
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While the Yamaha MT-10 is a slightly stripped-down version of the R1, it’s still good enough to make it on its own. Like the more aggressive R1, the MT-10 is packed to the rafters with tech.

Its cross-plane crank 998cc engine produces 166 horsepower, which makes it sound like a scary beast. However, thanks to its relaxed ergonomics, excellent riding dynamics, different riding modes, and traction control settings, it’s really a gentle giant if you treat it with respect.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory
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Aprilia’s attempt at making a naked sports bike still looks like a fully faired model. With a 175-horsepower 1100cc V4, it even offers more power than most motorcycles in this segment.

The Tuono V4 1100 Factory does offer a more comfortable riding position, and it does so without sacrificing agility, making it a perfect companion on both the road and track.

Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki Z1000
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Kawasaki gave the Z1000 a design overhaul in 2014, and the famous Autobot Transformer styling still looks more aggressive than anything the competition has created.

It’s a purpose-built road bike, lacking some of the tech often found on modern naked bikes, but that’s okay as it’s so rider-focused. The 143-horsepower 1043cc engine isn’t the most powerful in the segment either, but again, with a 147 mph top speed, it’s one of the most capable street bikes available.

KTM Super Duke R EVO

KTM Super Duke R EVO
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KTM may have built its brand on off-road machines, but the Austrian manufacturer’s street machines are perhaps even more impressive. The Super Duke 1290 R has a 1301cc LC8 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque—more than some hot-hatchbacks.

In the hands of a capable rider, the Super Duke 1290 R will reach 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, and it’ll continue accelerating until the speedo shows 168 mph. It sounds like a beast on paper, but thanks to all the rider aids, it’s surprisingly approachable for experienced riders with an average skill level.

Kawasaki Z H2

Kawasaki Z H2
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At first glance, you might think this is the same bike as the Z1000 we mentioned earlier, but the Z H2 is a very different beast. The engine is a supercharged 998cc mill that sends 200 horses to the rear wheel.

The Kawasaki Z H2 has an excellent chassis; both the frame and suspension are set up to handle like a road bike, not a track tool. This may just be the best Kawasaki street bike money can buy.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
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The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS keeps all the elements that made its predecessors so popular but with a dash more power and upgraded components.

Triumph is famous for its three-cylinder engines, and the 1160cc unit in the 1200 RS packs a mean 178-horsepower punch. It’s still a road-friendly bike, but take it to a racetrack, and the 1200 RS will really shine.

MV Agusta Rush

MV Agusta Rush
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The MV Agusta Rush is the ultimate naked bike if you have $50,000 burning a hole in your pocket. It’s stunningly beautiful and aggressive simultaneously, and the 998cc engine reflects that with its amazing and booming soundtrack. The fact that it produces 208 horsepower also helps.

While it certainly is an expensive bike, you do get a lot of high-end components for your money, such as electronically controlled Öhlins suspension, Brembo Stylema brakes, electronic, bidirectional quickshifter, and the list goes on. If you have a bit of cash left over and want even more oomph, an optional racing kit increases power to 212 horses and reduces the dry weight to 405 pounds.

Andre Nalin

Author: Andre Nalin

Title: Writer

Bio:

Andre has worked as a writer and editor for multiple car and motorcycle publications over the last decade, but he has reverted to freelancing these days. He has accumulated a ton of seat time during his ridiculous road trips in highly unsuitable vehicles, and he’s built magazine-featured cars. He prefers it when his bikes and cars are fast and loud, but if he had to pick one, he’d go with loud.

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