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Old 02-11-2011, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2011 Naked Middleweights Shootout


With the recent introductions of Yamaha's FZ8 and BMW's F800R to U.S. shores, the unfaired or "naked" middleweight category expands to include at least five models. With machines from Germany, Japan, Italy and the U.K., it's a good ol' moto melting pot of naked bike fun!

Lucky us, we got our paws on four of 'em: Aprilia's Shiver 750, the BMW F800R, Triumph's Street Triple R and the FZ8 from Yamaha.

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Old 02-11-2011, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I checked the competition before I bought my R last year and it simply had the best combination of light weight, power band, hp, and handling with fully adjustable suspension in a naked style bike. I just could not find a bad review on this bike. Yes, here in Canada it was a little pricier but you get what you pay for. A big plus is that it is a really good-looking motorcycle, a bit wild but not over the top like the uncomfortable 'Transformer' look of some other bikes. I did need to make some adjustments here and there to optimize it for my size and weight and the kind of roads I ride on, and it is fairly comfortable for a sporting bike at speed. Lots of aftermarket bling for it and I just installed a new Sargent sport seat on it which is contoured better for me, reducing the tendency to slide ahead when going over bumps. I think the Striple is today what the Bonneville was for Triumph back in the '60's, and coincidentally it is close to the same displacement! bfn - Wayne
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Oh yeah, the sound it makes is just as much fun as the ride! bfn - Wayne
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Love the Triple, but how can really have a naked bike shoot out without the Monster?
I would have rather seen a comparison of just the Triumph and Ducati.
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Love the Triple, but how can really have a naked bike shoot out without the Monster?
I would have rather seen a comparison of just the Triumph and Ducati.
100% agreed. I <3 the S3R, but leaving out the Monster in a comparison of naked bikes is a bizarre omission. Especially considering there are TWO Monster models in that range.
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April's Rider Mag has a comparison F800R vs Monster 796 vs Street Trip R. The Triumph wins again!!
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I dont like how the Triumph is pulling the lowest wheelie of them all.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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love the triples, but i got a er6n 650cc twin kaw recently. not as much power, but over 90mph, on any naked it's hard to hang on. taken the little 650 over 100 mph, and it had lots left in it to go...would love a street or speed, but at under $5k, the 6N worked for me, as a naked middle wt....tomp
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100% agreed. I <3 the S3R, but leaving out the Monster in a comparison of naked bikes is a bizarre omission. Especially considering there are TWO Monster models in that range.
Here you go. STR vs M796
http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs...796-89973.html

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