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Agh, what Naked bike to get !? Question

Just when I had sorted out the sports bike I now realise I want to get a naked bike as well :o

You know about my sports bike nightmare if you have been following my videos.
I L O V E my Panigale but I can only really ride it in small doses and it is fairly uncomfortable and a very intense experience as cant seem to ride slow on it. I have to be full on as its better for my wrists and back - if that makes sense.

So, I have decided I want to get a hop on and go, sit up straigh, comfy naked bike.

I will and have been considering super nakeds but power and speed is not my major criteria. it is more about fun, ease of riding and comfort for all types of journeys, especially the ones that I would prefer it to the Ducati.
I also wish to ride this new bike all year round.
I will still retain my scooter for commuting but might also use this on nice days.

Bikes I have ridden so far that might fulfil my needs:
2015 Suzuki GSX-S 1000
2015 Aprilia Tuono
2015 MT-09 Tracer (not quite naked but close:) )
2015 MT-07
2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon
2015 Triumph Speed Triple
2015 Honda CB650F
2014 Yamaha XJ6

Bloody hell - forget how many bikes I have ridden in my short career :o

Any others I should consider?!
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    Saturday, June 06 2015, 05:47 PM - #Permalink
    Ah forgot. Took these pics down at Rykas, Box Hill, today.
    Two of my wishlist bikes, with the extras that i would choose, right next to each other!

    http://i.imgur.com/SoiabBn.jpg?1
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    Saturday, June 06 2015, 07:51 PM - #Permalink
    Nice bikes both.
    I can tell its a Sped triple, fairly new with the Arrow exhaust and what looks like a very new 2015 model S1000R.

    As you may know, I am a big fan of nakes and have an MV Brutale.
    have you looked at the Brutale yet?
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    Sunday, June 07 2015, 01:43 PM - #Permalink
    ExodusG wrote:

    Nice bikes both.
    I can tell its a Sped triple, fairly new with the Arrow exhaust and what looks like a very new 2015 model S1000R.

    As you may know, I am a big fan of nakes and have an MV Brutale.
    have you looked at the Brutale yet?


    Well, I have the same problem which is why I didnt get the F3 800 which is that my nearest dealer is a long way from me and it is a factor for me.
    Still, I would like to at least have a ride on one.
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    Monday, June 08 2015, 08:46 AM - #Permalink
    Money no object Ade??
    Fun bike or practical, that Tracer or XRX you've tested would be good as all round practical bikes and use the Duke for fun. Wife could hop on the back no probs, they're not naked though. There's a comfort issue with nakeds as you're hanging on at constant high speeds, so might need regular breaks to save the neck from aching. Not great for a pillion either.
    One you've not listed is the Honda CB1000R, you know you get reliability and quality with Honda.
    I'm a big fan of the street triple but not sure how comfortable it is, I've only tried the R version with the stiff suspension and higher seat, I'd have comfort issues riding over an hour on it. Read all the mags and they can't say a bad thing about the Street. Kwacker Z800 looks very pretty.
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    Tuesday, June 09 2015, 07:59 AM - #Permalink
    id take the street over the speed for looks and real world use myself.
    that BMW looks better than it thought but that's some serious Wonga rite?

    I doubt ade can go from a ducati to a Honda. then again, maybe chalk and cheese is actually the answer,.
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    Wednesday, June 10 2015, 10:19 PM - #Permalink
    Ade, have a look at the KTMs !

    There is a naked for all seasons and flavors.
    e.g. Duke which is somethinmg like 690 and the Super Duje which is,. not sure without checking, but i think its like 990 and 1190 for the mad bastard :)
    I belive they have R versions as well which means i dont know what but they are unusual looking and fast so may have that something different you might be loking for.
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 06:58 PM - #Permalink
    IIRC the SuperDuke is a lot of money - the 1190R is anyway - might be too much for me, for the road. I have the Ducati for that.
    I am thinking it is time for a sensible naked to go along with it. seems no point to get something as or more powerful that my panigale.

    Right, right now, I am leaning towards a Street Triple - standard - with Arrows and a few other bits, or the MT-07 as its so freakin cheap.
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 07:10 PM - #Permalink
    And Keith848s Streetfighter looks interesting but perhaps too much like my own bike.
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    Wednesday, June 17 2015, 07:47 AM - #Permalink
    I was parked next to a Triumph Thruxton the other day, had a good look at it, 14 plate. You know, something like that or a Bonneville would be a great 2nd bike. Not fast but great for everyday cruising and commuting. I think Triumph were very clever with these bikes, updating them for reliability etc but keeping the essence of the original bikes. I'm sure a lot of riders would disagree with me though. I'd have one.
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    Thursday, June 18 2015, 05:31 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    I was parked next to a Triumph Thruxton the other day, had a good look at it, 14 plate. You know, something like that or a Bonneville would be a great 2nd bike. Not fast but great for everyday cruising and commuting. I think Triumph were very clever with these bikes, updating them for reliability etc but keeping the essence of the original bikes. I'm sure a lot of riders would disagree with me though. I'd have one.


    I like the Thruxton, has a cool livery. The standard T100s are a bit tame looking. If i wanted a smaller naked I think the Ducati Scrmabler mught take it, but only as i aleady have triumph.

    Ade, i cant believe you are looking past the Speed Triple now you have tired it !! :)
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    Saturday, June 20 2015, 04:20 PM - #Permalink
    Tuono is the ONLY choice for a super naked. in 2012 I rode everything in the category and and had absolutely no doubt that the a 62 plate Tuono V4 aPRC that I bought was by a mile the best. The bike has been amazing, absolutely love everything about it, the engine is astonishing, pulls like a twin, revs like a four. only reason it is going is for a trade in for a new Tuono Factory which I haven't ridden yet, but fully expect to be even better. Pick it up on Thursday - twitching as I write this, can't wait.

    There have been a few new nakeds since 2012, but the only ones I would even look at are;

    KTM Beast, I haven't ridden it but I am not a fan of twins, (that's just me, i know many people love them, and they cant all be wrong) Reviews seem to focus on the fact that each time you switch it off all of the electronics reset themselves to default mode which sounds like a pain in the arse. Tuono starts up with same settings as last time you rode it.

    BMW S1000R, I rode one a while back and it is nothing like as engaging - 2 key reasons, 1) throttle response, although they are both ride by wire, the beemer doesn't feel like the throttle is directly connected to the engine, whereas the Tuono feels totally connected. 2) NOISE - the Tuono sounds brilliant, the beemer sounds really buzzy.

    Many press reports also say the Tuono is not so pretty, but most of those come from the USA, and they like Harleys!!. Of course its all down to personal preference, but I think the Tuono Factory is one of prettiest out there - possibly second to the Panigale......

    Japanese options are just not in the same league when it comes to power.

    TUONO! - Italian for "thunder" - its the dogs bollocks!!
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    Saturday, June 20 2015, 04:30 PM - #Permalink
    .......Loved the Speed Triple too but it is not really in the same power bracket as the Tuono. If I was looking for something to complement, rather than replace my sportsbike it would probably be the one. British too which is great!
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    Wednesday, June 24 2015, 08:16 PM - #Permalink
    rmachen wrote:

    Tuono is the ONLY choice for a super naked. in 2012 I rode everything in the category and and had absolutely no doubt that the a 62 plate Tuono V4 aPRC that I bought was by a mile the best. The bike has been amazing, absolutely love everything about it, the engine is astonishing, pulls like a twin, revs like a four. only reason it is going is for a trade in for a new Tuono Factory which I haven't ridden yet, but fully expect to be even better. Pick it up on Thursday - twitching as I write this, can't wait.

    There have been a few new nakeds since 2012, but the only ones I would even look at are;

    KTM Beast, I haven't ridden it but I am not a fan of twins, (that's just me, i know many people love them, and they cant all be wrong) Reviews seem to focus on the fact that each time you switch it off all of the electronics reset themselves to default mode which sounds like a pain in the arse. Tuono starts up with same settings as last time you rode it.

    BMW S1000R, I rode one a while back and it is nothing like as engaging - 2 key reasons, 1) throttle response, although they are both ride by wire, the beemer doesn't feel like the throttle is directly connected to the engine, whereas the Tuono feels totally connected. 2) NOISE - the Tuono sounds brilliant, the beemer sounds really buzzy.

    Many press reports also say the Tuono is not so pretty, but most of those come from the USA, and they like Harleys!!. Of course its all down to personal preference, but I think the Tuono Factory is one of prettiest out there - possibly second to the Panigale......

    Japanese options are just not in the same league when it comes to power.

    TUONO! - Italian for "thunder" - its the dogs bollocks!!


    Tuono is nice, no doubt.
    Who does aftermarket pipes for it? Wonder what it sounds like.
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    Wednesday, June 24 2015, 08:17 PM - #Permalink
    rmachen wrote:

    .......Loved the Speed Triple too but it is not really in the same power bracket as the Tuono. If I was looking for something to complement, rather than replace my sportsbike it would probably be the one. British too which is great!


    I dont rate the speed triiple on looks, seems a bit heaby looking and an old design. might be cured with a change of front, which i believe is possible.
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    Thursday, July 02 2015, 06:00 PM - #Permalink
    The Speed is starting to look dated. According to reviews it doesn't keep up with the new breed of street bikes if that matters in real life. I saw on MCN that an updated version was spotted but basically the same bike
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    Thursday, July 02 2015, 06:21 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    The Speed is starting to look dated. According to reviews it doesn't keep up with the new breed of street bikes if that matters in real life. I saw on MCN that an updated version was spotted but basically the same bike


    I think you are spot on.
    THe daytona and street look so good they perhaps dont need changing too much.
    the tigers look good.
    the speed does miss something in the face of the latest one liter nakes, certainly on looks.
    may need to reconfigure the fairing bits, the tail end, zorst and most certainly the ancient front end look.
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    Tuesday, July 21 2015, 01:04 PM - #Permalink
    if you want safe but a little boring then buy a japo.
    buy an italian if you want fun but something a bit more on edge and scary
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    Richards
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    Wednesday, September 09 2015, 11:54 AM - #Permalink
    Hiya Ade I am struggling myself looking at the new Suzuki gsx-s 1000 and the Kawasaki 1000sx doing my head in? I have seen your two reviews and lots more the more you read the more your bogged down. The Kawasaki out 2016 slipper clutch at no extra cost but that Suzuki with the k5 hmm. I a in no hurry specially with dare I say the onset of nasty weather so taking my time. Off to the bike show Birmingham where I will see them both under the same roof and check em out.

    We'll see ;)
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