For this issue, we have decided to discuss some of the best-naked sports bikes that money can get you.
These stripped-down bikes give you a chance to get up close and personal with your machine. Without the fairing, the naked bike’s bare frame, and tucked-away wires, the engine gets louder without the muffling. Exposed parts have a raw beauty of their own as you can see every component.
Honda CB Exmotion
Honda has unveiled a new 150cc motorcycle in Thailand christened the Honda CB150R ExMotion. Honda says it combines the characters of a sports bike with a retro-styling reminiscent of a cafe-racer. The ExMotion gets a round face LED headlamp that combines the retro-style theme with modern safety. The wide high-set handlebars look like they have been tuned for comfort. The CBR comes with an all-digital display cluster. It’s a pretty premium looking unit that would not be out of place on a bigger motorcycle. The rectangular tank is great to look at. With an Indent doubling up as housing for the Honda logo. But the tank only holds 8.5 liters. Honda says its power output is 19hp @ 9000rpm and 16Nm torque @ 7000rpm.
This being the most expensive naked sports in its class will cost you 550,000BDT.
A fun-sized version of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S750 sport naked motorcycles, the GSX-S150 is Suzuki’s version of an affordable, practical, yet still sporty streetfighter for those that don’t quite require a big bike for their riding needs. This feisty little naked bike is a sibling unit to the GSX-R150 sportbike and packs the same 147.3cc engine capable of 18.9hp @ 10500rpm and 14Nm of torque @ 9000rpm. Instead of racy clip-on and full fairings like the little GSX-R, the GSX-S150 instead sports upright ergonomics and minimal fairings. The GSX-S comes with an all-digital dash, just like its cousin, the GSX-R150. Saying that the GSX-S shares the same headlights as its cousin. Suzuki has the best lights when it comes to illuminating the streets.
This bike is the real bang for your buck. You can get your hand on one of these for 320,000BDT. If you plan on going fast without thinking of comfort that much then this is the right bike for you.
A fun-sized version of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S750 sport naked motorcycles, the GSX-S150 is Suzuki’s version of an affordable, practical, yet still sporty streetfighter for those that don’t quite require a big bike for their riding needs. This feisty little naked bike is a sibling unit to the GSX-R150 sportbike and packs the same 147.3cc engine capable of 18.9hp and 14Nm of torque. Instead of racy clip-on and full fairings like the little GSX-R, the GSX-S150 instead sports upright ergonomics and minimal fairings. The MT-15 borrows directly from Yamaha’s racing heritage through the R15. Yes, that’s the same fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine in different clothing. It’ll reach a max horsepower of 19.3hp at 10,000rpm and peak torque of 14.7Nm at 8,500 RPM. This is the only naked sports bike that comes with a slipper clutch. Many features support the MT-15’s premium price. The engine has a slipper clutch and VVA engine technology, the secret weapon to its wide torque range.
This amazing bike with premium techs will cost you 410,000BDT. The ‘perfect’ all-rounder in my opinion.
KTM Duke 125
The younger brother of KTM Duke 390, the KTM Duke 125 has a class of its own with all the racing ergonomics. The KTM 125 Duke BS6 employs a BS6-compliant fuel-injected liquid-cooled engine, which generates 14.5PS at 9,250rpm and 12Nm at 8000rpm. Interestingly, there is no drop in power or torque compared to the BS4-compliant version. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Since it’s a KTM for budget-conscious enthusiasts, the motorcycle lacks a slipper clutch. The KTM 125 Duke BS6 is built on a trellis frame. It continues with the same 43mm WP inverted front fork and WP rear mono-shock as the BS4-compliant model. Braking duty is handled by a 300mm front disc with a radial caliper and single-channel ABS up front, and a 230mm rear disc. This being a 125cc, people tend to look away from it, but hands down, this bike handles better than any other in its class. A true naked sports bike. I can see people going crazy for the Duke 200/Duke390 after our displacement limitation is increased to higher than the 150cc limitation that we have at this time.
The KTM Duke 125 retails for 295,000BDT. If you’re all about leaning in the corners without any hesitation, this is the bike that calls for you.
Yamaha Vixion R FZ150i
The Yamaha Vixion R is a new variant for the existing model that has kept all the mechanical parts intact and got new color combinations for the exterior. Surprisingly, the 150cc, single-cylinder engine is quite powerful, producing 16.6 HP at 8500 rpm and 14.5 Nm at 7500 RPM. It uses the same delta-box frame as the Indian spec Yamaha R15. The commuter style seat looks quite relaxed and may help the pillion rest perfectly in city traffic. The delta-box frame is visible right through its streetfighter inspired body. Yamaha FZ150i carries a 12-liter fuel tank. A great bike for daily “fast” commuting.
This unique bike will cost you 375,000BDT. The price could’ve been lower for what it is but it is Yamaha after all.