Top 10 Naked Motorbikes

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If you want a bike that looks modern, can go fast, is agile in the bends and which sacrifices some wind protection and luggage options to save weight then you probably want a naked bike. What is a naked motorbike?

The Best Naked Motorbikes:

Kawasaki Z H2

What Is It?

The Z H2 is new for 2020 and should tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people, mainly because it's derived from the excellent H2 SX SE sports tourer and makes use of the same supercharged engine.

There's a fancy colour TFT dash, quickshifter and Brembos at the front.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £15,150
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 197 bhp / 147 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 239 kg / 527 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.824 bhp/kg
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Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

What Is It?

For 2020 Ducati whipped the fairing off the awesome Panigale V4 sports bike to produce the Streetfighter, which is also available as a cheaper version without the forged wheels or Ohlins electronic suspension.

Compared to the Panigale it has a more relaxed riding position, comfier seat, slightly de-tuned engine optimised for the road and double wings either side which can generate 28 kg of downforce at 168 mph.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £19,800
  • Engine: V4
  • Capacity: 1,103 cc
  • Power: 205 bhp / 153 kW
  • Top Speed: 200 mph / 322 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 120 miles / 193 km
  • Seat Height: 845 mm / 33.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 199 kg / 439 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 1.030 bhp/kg

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

What Is It?

The Beast 3.0 is completely new for 2020 with a new lighter frame, upgraded brakes and suspension, improved cornering ABS / traction control systems, new lighter wheels with stickier tyres a huge 6 kg shaved off the weight.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £15,700
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 1,301 cc
  • Power: 177 bhp / 132 kW
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 835 mm / 32.9 inches
  • Dry Weight: 189 kg / 417 pounds

Yamaha MT-10 SP

What Is It?

The original Yamaha MT-10 was a huge hit so the SPecial version was bound to show up soon after in 2017.

Yamaha's MT-10 SP builds on the original with a fancy R1 style colour TFT dash, a special colour scheme and Ohlins NIX30/TTX36 electronic suspension.

The engine isn't the most powerful out there but is renowned for being extremely capable, while the wind protection is surprisingly good for a naked bike, however there is a downside and it's fuel economy.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £13,400
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 158 bhp / 118 kW
  • Top Speed: 150 mph / 241 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 210 kg / 463 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.752 bhp/kg

BMW S1000R

What Is It?

In 2013 the BMW S1000R was game changing, with 162bhp on tap and weighing in at just 205kg wet.

However the model is getting on a bit now, even with a mini update in 2017 that throws in the HP Titanium muffler for free.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £10,350
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 999 cc
  • Power: 160 bhp / 119 kW
  • Top Speed: 170 mph / 274 km/h
  • Economy: 34 mpg / 8.3 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 814 mm / 32.0 inches
  • Wet Weight: 207 kg / 456 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.773 bhp/kg

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Triumph Speed Triple RS

What Is It?

The top of the range Speed Triple RS is more evolution than revolution with a new colour TFT dash, refined engine, cornering ABS and a little bit knocked off the weight.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing though because the Speed Triple has been a great seller for Triumph and it has quite a following in the UK.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £13,250
  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 1,050 cc
  • Power: 148 bhp / 110 kW
  • Top Speed: 165 mph / 265 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Dry Weight: 189 kg / 417 pounds

Yamaha MT-09 SP

What Is It?

Much like the MT-10 SP the MT-09 SP takes the 2017 update of the best selling MT-09 and adds a few bits to make it SPecial, specifically a mix of Ohlins/KYB suspension upgrades and a fancy colour scheme.

It should make an already awesome bike even better but Yamaha have clearly decided not to include a colour TFT dash to save a few pennies.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £9,000
  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 847 cc
  • Power: 114 bhp / 85 kW
  • Top Speed: 140 mph / 225 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 193 kg / 426 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.591 bhp/kg

Triumph Street Triple RS

What Is It?

The Street Triple RS is really popular in Triumph's range and for 2020 it's been made Euro 5 compliant with an improved mid-range, new LED headlight, new bodywork / exhaust / mirrors and a new quickshifter.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £10,300
  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 765 cc
  • Power: 121 bhp / 90 kW
  • Top Speed: 150 mph / 241 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Dry Weight: 166 kg / 366 pounds

Kawasaki Z900

What Is It?

Kawasaki introduced the Z900 in 2017 to replace the ageing Z800 and there's also an A2 licence friendly restricted version. For 2020 it gets a TFT dash, comfier seat, LED lighting all round, traction control, two power modes and improved tyres.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,900
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 948 cc
  • Power: 124 bhp / 92 kW
  • Top Speed: 155 mph / 249 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 210 kg / 463 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.590 bhp/kg

Yamaha MT-07

What Is It?

Yamaha's MT-07 needs no introduction. Over 80,000 of the original have been sold so for 2018 Yamaha simply tweaked a few bits to make it even better.

The headlight design is all new, the seat more comfortable and a few bits are blacked out for a more edgy look.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,350
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 689 cc
  • Power: 74 bhp / 55 kW
  • Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h
  • Economy: 55 mpg / 5.1 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 182 kg / 401 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.407 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the best naked bikes you can buy new and picked the top contenders, taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.

What Is A Naked Bike?

What is a naked motorbike?

Originally a naked bike would have been a sports bike with the fairing removed, the wiring tidied up to show off the engine and a few tweaks like flatter handlebars to make the riding position less aggressive.

These days nakeds tend to be designed that way from the off. They also quite often feature a de-tuned engine from the previous generation range topping sports bike, tweaked for lots of torque lower down the range at the expense of top end power.

In the grand scheme of things they are one of the most popular classes of bike on the road and tend to be used for short blasts at the weekend rather than longer trips. Retro nakeds offer much the same but with distinct retro styling.

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