2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R: More Power, Less Weight

Sep 19, 2015 View Comments by

Ducati’s Latest Naked Bike – The open class naked bike segment has exploded over the past few years with a plethora of new models boasting potent combinations of power and performance, with that all-important upright seating position. Ducati’s entries into this competitive arena, the Monster 1200 and 1200 S, have mostly played second fiddle to […]

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Yamaha FZ-03 Coming for 2016?

Aug 30, 2015 View Comments by

New Naked R3- In the July/August ’15 issue we reviewed Yamaha’s YZF-R3 sportbike and found a lot to like about the small machine. However, as touring motorcyclists, we’re almost always more interested in naked machines as they tend to be more comfortable and practical for long distance riding than their sportier cousins. Recently photos appeared […]

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

Jun 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Z1000’s Little Brother Comes to the U.S. – The Z800 isn’t really a new bike since it’s been available in Europe for a while now. Still, it’s good news that Kawasaki has announced the mid-displacement naked bike will be crossing the pond for the 2016 model year. Californians, however, will still have to look […]

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2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F ABS

Oct 20, 2014 View Comments by

Apparently it’s not too early to introduce 2016 models, even though it isn’t even 2015 yet. At least Suzuki thinks so with the unveiling of the new GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F naked and sport-touring bikes based on the GSX-R1000 sportbikes. As you would assume, the GSX-S’s feature a retuned version of the gixxer’s 999cc inline-four cylinder […]

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2015 Honda CB300F: The Baby CBR Gets Naked

Jul 14, 2014 View Comments by

Honda continues its all-out drive to lure new and younger riders into the sport with their latest model, the CB300F. As you could probably infer from its name, the CB300F is a naked version of the recently announced CBR300R, which takes the place of the previous CBR250R at the bottom of Honda’s street going lineup. […]

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Yamaha Announces FZ-07

Jun 13, 2014 View Comments by

We were excited about Yamaha’s affordable and sporty new naked bike, the FZ-09, when it was announced last summer. With a powerful new inline triple and a MSRP under $8k, the FZ was a compelling bargain. But Yamaha isn’t stopping there. The Japanese company has recently announced the FZ-07, the 09’s little brother. A 689cc […]

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Ducati Unveils New Monster 821

May 30, 2014 View Comments by

Earlier this year Ducati announced the range-topping Monster 1200 and 1200 S but it seems that the Italian brand hasn’t been content to leave its naked bike lineup alone. The 1200 now has a new little brother, the 821. Though full specs have not yet been released, we know the 821 is powered by the […]

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2014 BMW S 1000 R: The New Roadster King?

Nov 13, 2013 View Comments by

The BMW S 1000 RR sportbike has certainly made a name for itself since its introduction in 2008. The German challenger in a market segment traditionally dominated by the Japanese and Italians has established itself as one of (if not the) best all around liter-bikes available. It’s no surprise, then, that BMW would come up […]

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