Naked bikes rock – grunt, style and decent handling but with a bar/seat/footpeg relationship that promotes hooning but not creaking bones. But, if you’re from a sportsbike background, they can lack a little outright performance when you give it your best.
Some of the nakeds we’ve pulled together for this issue definitely don’t have that problem. German Yamaha dealer Klein have form for sorted Yamaha specials, so when we heard they’d sauced up the brilliant MT-10, there was no way we weren’t having a piece of it. It’s incredible, and even addresses some of the Yam’s ‘challenging’ aesthetics...
Only slightly closer to home, a band of French street special lovers decided they needed a race series to reward style and engineering prowess as well as speed, so they created the Monsters Race series. In essence, you must remove and replace a minimum number of parts from the donor bike to qualify, and the more you change the better you score, before you even race it. The result is some stripped back machines that look tough and work when you thrash them: our kind of specials.
Our own naked bike projects are ongoing in a smaller way, too: Whitey’s MT-09, my MV and new boy John’s Super Duke have all had some winter love in the workshop.
A look inside the issue...
Our Gallic cousins like to mess around with race formats a bit. So, welcome to the annual Monsters Race, where (you guessed it) hugely modified naked road bikes do battle, over two circuit races, a drag race, a hill climb – and a custom show...
The ultra Naked
It turns out the Germans have a sense of humour after all. Presenting Klien Yamaha's 1bhp-per-kilo MT-10RR
MotoGP's New Buzz
MotoGP is preparing its first electric bike race series for 2019. So how long will it be before MotoGP goes totally electric?
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