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Used bike spotlight: Yamaha nakeds

Published: 23 November 2015

Updated: 23 November 2015

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With the unveiling of the new MT-10 at the Milan Show last week Yamaha announced their return to the ultra-competitive super naked class, a category from which they've been noticeably absent in recent years

We've found a few big nakeds from the Japanese manufacturer, some more popular than others, for sale at

Yamaha FZ1

Yamaha FZ1, £3,490

The FZ1, introduced in 2006 was the last big naked introduced by Yamaha, and the closest thing to a super naked the company made. Using the engine from the 2002 R1 it provided plenty of top-end fun, but the first model was plagued with a snatchy throttle.

This 2007 model has had just one owner from new and has covered less than 5000 miles. As an added bonus the seller had the snatchy issue fixed. Looks almost standard and in good nick.

Yamaha MT-01
Yamaha MT-01, £5,499

Before the introduction of the current MT range, the MTs were slightly oddball bikes. Take for example the MT-01, a bike which took adjustable suspension front and rear, R1 brakes, and partnered them with a slow-revving 1670cc push-rod V-twin making just 90bhp. Oh, and the bike weighed 240kg.

Despite the oddball nature of the MT-01, owners love them, and this 2007 model is completely standard and has covered less than 10,000 miles.

Yamaha XJR1300

Yamaha XJR1300, £3,250

Not a super naked by any stretch of the imagination but it's naked and it has a big engine, so we're including it. 1251cc air-cooled inline-four, beefy braced swingarm and twin shocks combine to make a super-cool retro bruiser that makes you feel good.

This 10,000 mile 2003 model has only seen summer use and as such looks in great condition. If you're not a fan of stubby exhausts the originals are included. A lot of bike for the money.

Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog
Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog, £2,991

The BT1100 Bulldog was another oddball bike from Yamaha that mixed top-spec R1 brakes with a big capacity air-cooled v-twin. The Bulldog is less of a naked bike and more an alternative to a cruiser with better brakes.

At under £3000 this 11,000 mile example isn't bad value for money. If you want one, that is.

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