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Fastest Naked Bikes Over 1000cc

Oct 31, 2023

When riding on streets is a priority, but so is top speed, you reach for the fastest naked bikes over 1000cc.

Back in the day, there was no such thing as hyper nakeds. There were superbikes and a few hyperbikes like the Kawasaki ZX-14R or the Suzuki Hayabusa. But with technological advancements and every biker's need for speed, manufacturers started coming up with naked bikes over 1000cc. It sounds crazy at first, but these super nakeds serve a purpose. They are manic, fast, aggressive, and often intimidating, but they represent something that other bikes do not — they push the envelope in all aspects: touring, cornering, top speed, performance, technology, and much more. But there are a few hyper nakeds that stand out further. These are the top ten fastest naked bikes over 1000cc.

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American manufacturers aren't known for producing quick, punchy naked motorcycles, but out of darkness shines the Indian FTR Sport. It's a naked motorcycle that blends Indian's flat-tracker heritage with modernity. And it is an exercise in design and symmetry. The updated FTR Sport receives a touchscreen display, improved clutch, re-tuned braking system, and a new sports exhaust, but those aren't its standout features. The 1203cc V-twin engine steals the show by producing 123.4 horsepower. Yes, it isn't the most powerful in this list, and it tops out at 130 mph, but this motorcycle is an interesting proposition when it comes to naked motorcycles over 1000cc.

The Ducati Monster is an icon of icons, despite its origins of being a parts-bin special from Ducati, but one Monster that often goes unnoticed (until it overtakes you) is the Ducati Monster 1200 S — the most powerful variant of the brand's most popular model. This motorcycle is armed with Ducati's Testastretta 1198cc L-twin engine, which pumps out enough torque and horsepower to plaster a grin on anyone who straddles it. And thanks to its lightweight design of 460 pounds, the power-to-weight ratio also makes it quite a fast naked motorcycle that tops out at 150 mph.

One of the fastest nakeds produced by BMW, the BMW K 1300 R is a motorcycle that cannot go unnoticed, and it comes with an engine that's designed by the same firm responsible for Bugatti Veyron's engine. The 1293cc inline-four engine produces a respectable 173 horsepower, pushing the bike to 155 mph. When you are not going fast, the engine is otherwise smooth and refined, but when you reach for the redline, you are met with a loud snarl and a torque enough to give you a whiplash.

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Triumph produces some gorgeous motorcycles, like the Bonneville and the Daytona, but one motorcycle that stands out in its stable is the Speed Triple 1200 RS — a fast, loud hyper naked that promises excitement unlike any other Triumph. The current 1200 RS is a leap over its predecessors, and it comes with all the tech and equipment you would expect from a hyper naked. But most of all, it comes with a 178-horsepower, 1160cc 3-cylinder engine that's quick, responsive, and flexible. It is the perfect blend of mania and accessibility, and with a power-to-weight ratio of only 909hp/tonne, it can reach upwards of 155 mph with ease. It is the Triumph to get if the goal is to go fast.

Benelli is in a tricky situation right now, but a few years ago, it managed to churn out one of the best naked motorcycles of all time: the Benelli TNT 1130 R. It had it all, the funky Benelli design, fiery exhaust note, side-mounted radiators, minimal rider aids, and a capable chassis. The engine was also class-leading for its time. The 1130cc inline-triple is evocative, offering a raw experience few present-day hyper nakeds can boast about. Wring its throttle, and you get to hear the loud, vivid exhaust note while hitting a top speed of 157 mph.

If there's one motorcycle on this list that offers a pure, cerebral experience, it's the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory. It's a quintessential European hyper naked — fast, exciting, and gorgeous. This track-focused Tuono features a 1077cc V4 engine that produces 173 horsepower, which pushes this tiny bike to 175 mph while wheeling in almost every gear. It also comes with all sorts of gizmos: a MotoGP-derived swingarm, integrated winglets, Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, cornering ABS, engine mapping, wheelie control, traction control, launch control, and much more. It is perfect for those who are confused between a naked and a sport bike, and thanks to the windscreen, it also makes for an exciting tourer!

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The Buell 1190SX is a powerful, stylish motorcycle known for its razor-sharp handling. The race-inspired chassis geometry enables fast corner entries and stable transitions to elbow drags, and yet, it is a comfortable bike to sit on even for taller riders. But it is a performance beast, too. The ET-V2 72-degree V-twin motorcycle produces 185 horsepower and 101.6 pound-feet, which is more than enough oomph for most conditions. The top speed? 170 mph. Talk about the fastest American nakeds. and this one is up there. The bike also features other bells and whistles like carbon fiber bodywork, Showa Inverted Big Piston forks, massive 15-inch disc brakes on the front, a slipper clutch, and a weight of only 414 pounds.

The most bonkers hyper naked, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo is the poster bike of this segment. Today's Super Duke features a 1301cc v-twin motor that produces 180 horsepower along with pioneering electronics and gizmos. So what does this powerful packet get you? First, it gets you up to speeds like 170 mph quickly — it's almost a threat to your driver's license. Second, some nifty features like a lighter crankcase, semi-active suspension, titanium inlet valves, Formula 1 style forged pistons, and some more. Third, an insane power-to-weight ratio that makes this bike a true hooligan.

The fastest naked bike over 1000cc that most people can hope to own is the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S. It is, essentially, a stripped Panigale with wide handlebars. It still features the same 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale engine as its supersport sibling which produces 208 horsepower. And with a weight of only 178 kg, the power-to-weight ratio is something to marvel at. The result is a 0 to 60 time of under 3 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph, assuming you can hang on to the bike. Plus, you get to enjoy all the things you would expect from Ducati — attention-grabbing style, Panigale Electronic Suite, Biplane Wings, titanium exhaust assembly, and magnesium wheels. It is simply exotic.

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If you wanted a motorcycle that's so rare even most bikers don't know about it, you would look at the Vyrus Alyen. It's a one-off bike series from Vyrus, a Coriano-based ultra-premium manufacturer. And this bike is described as "a story of passion, art, and competence." And, It stays true to its promise. The motorcycle features Ducati's 1285cc L-twin engine that produces 205 horsepower, wrapped in a custom-made magnesium frame and carbon fiber bites in every nook and cranny of the motorcycle. The motorcycle only weighs 298 pounds, making it possible for it to cross the 200 mph mark without losing its valves. This is the fastest naked bike over 1000cc, and it is as extreme, as intimidating, and as gorgeous as you would want it to be, and much more.

Meet Aayush, a motorcycle-loving writer from Goa. With almost a decade of riding experience and a (not so) trusty Dominar 400, you can find him exploring the Western Ghats on Sundays or tinkering with motorcycles during his free hours. From touring tips to DIY maintenance, he's got you covered. So, grab your helmet and join the ride!