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16 February 2010 15:30
More than 12,000 MCN readers have responded to our Biking Britain survey this year, and their combined scores on the bikes they own and love (or hate) have allowed us to put together this definitive list of your top 10 best handling naked bikes.
Here are the bikes that topped your list of the sweetest handling nakeds:
10 - Yamaha FZ6 (04-on) £2495-£4899Handling: 74%Info: 141mph + 600cc + 90bhp + 42ftlb + Insurance group 12
9 - Honda CB1300 (05-on)£4495-£7250Handling: 74%Info: 136mph + 1284cc + 113bhp + 86ftlb + Insurance group 14
8 - Kawasaki ER-6n (05-on)£2100-£4699Handling: 76%Info: 130mph + 649cc + 71bhp + 48ftlb + Insurance group 10
7 - Triumph Speed Triple 955 (97-04)£1135-£4400Handling: 76%Info: 150mph + 955cc + 120bhp + 78ftlb + Insurance group 14
6 - Yamaha FZ1 (06-on) £3250-£7199Handling: 76%Info: 160mph + 998cc + 150bhp + 78ftlb + Insurance group 15
5 - Suzuki GSR600 (06-on)£2950-£5200Handling: 83%Info: 138mph + 599cc + 88bhp + 44ftlb + Insurance group 13
4 - Triumph Street Triple (07-on)£4500-£6649Handling: 83%Info: 141mph + 675cc + 98bhp + 47ftlb + Insurance group 14
3 - Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (05-on)£3699-£8499Handling: 86%Info: 150mph + 1050cc + 128bhp + 78ftlb + Insurance group 13
2 - KTM 950SM (05-08)£4995-£7500Handling: 94%Info: 135mph + 942cc + 96bhp + 67ftlb + Insurance group 15
1 - KTM Super Duke 990 (05-on)£4585-£8345Handling: 95%Info: 151mph + 999cc + 120bhp + 73ftlb + Insurance group 15
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Don't knock the CB1300. I bought one because I thought it was a logical progression from my 1200 Bandit, which turned me into a born again hooligan (thanks, Mr Suzuki !). The CB does everything that any self respecting naked hooley tool will do, including the Tuono, but with an air of respectability.
It certainly surprised me, especially its handling.
10 March 2010 23:48
I'm glad to see me bike within the top ten. I have an 08 S2 version and i am very happy with the handling and build quality, etc. I have the Dunlop Roadsmart Tyres fitted and they can't be faulted in my opinion.
It's votes that count and i guess the bikes are here because of popularity rather than actual best handling Naked's.
My suspension is adjusted well off the standard factory settings and i can get knee down handling and right to the edge wear on my tyres. Not even done a track day on it yet.
23 February 2010 07:47
21 February 2010 00:05
This is clearly nonsense. Honda's best handling naked the CB1300?? Better handling than the Hornet, CB1000R or even CBF600, I doubt it!
18 February 2010 11:46
It's a popularity, not handling, contest
18 February 2010 07:25
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