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These middleweight nakeds offer stripped-down styling, capable performance, upright ergonomics, and are a good bang for the buck.
These middleweight nakeds offer stripped-down styling, capable performance, upright ergonomics, and are a good bang for the buck. (Kawasaki/)

Middleweight naked bikes skip the swoopy aerodynamics and acres of bodywork in favor of neutral riding positions and minimal styling, have always appealed to street riders in search of a practical urban mount, and in 2024, the class is positively flourishing. A couple of new models elbowed their way onto our 600cc-ish naked list this year, serving to raise the bar for the segment, but there are older favorites making the cut too, thanks to their still-competitive performance and the value they represent. In short, street riders have plenty of options these days whether they’re looking for capability, features, or price. (What bike’s on your list? Drop it in the comments below.)

Editor’s note: Looking for liter-and-above-sized naked bikes? Check out our Best Naked Bikes 2024 article. Also peruse the Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024 for fairing-equipped options.

With class-leading performance numbers as well as a list-topping MSRP, the Aprilia Tuono 660 also brings the most robust feature set of the group.
With class-leading performance numbers as well as a list-topping MSRP, the Aprilia Tuono 660 also brings the most robust feature set of the group. (Aprilia/)

2024 Aprilia Tuono 660 | $10,699

In terms of performance, and certainly price, you could argue the Tuono 660 shouldn’t even be in this category. Weighing in at 403 pounds, pushing out 100 hp, and boasting adjustable suspension along with five riding modes—as well as a healthy $10,699 MSRP—the Aprilia’s specs point to a robust machine that could easily go up against the likes of the bigger Yamaha MT-09 or KTM 790 Duke (both of which cost less).

Also separating the Tuono from the rest of the middleweight competition are its winglets, lap timer, and wheelie control; premium suspension, a quickshifter, and a six-axis IMU are added to the Tuono 660 Factory version. But let’s face it; the Tuono 660 doesn’t look all that naked these days, having borrowed the RS 660′s double fairing up front, and offering sportier ergos than most. That said, the Aprilia towers over the other 600s as a middleweight with a plethora of up-spec features that include advanced rider aids not seen on any other bike in the class. It’s also the priciest.

Neutral ergos, appealing styling, and punchy performance from the only inline-four engine here defines the Honda CB650R.
Neutral ergos, appealing styling, and punchy performance from the only inline-four engine here defines the Honda CB650R. (American Honda/)

2023 Honda CB650R | $9,399

In Big Red’s sport standard lineup, the CB650R is lodged comfortably between the entry-level CB300R and the larger-displacement CB1000R. With its unique (for the class) inline-four engine configuration, the 650R gives riders a lively, engaging mill with a crisp throttle response as well as a package offering a surprisingly accessible seat height and an overall high level of quality. Performance-wise, it’s no Tuono 660, mind you, but the 445-pound Honda is entertaining for most experienced riders while also serving as an approachable platform for riders new to the class. Revamps over the last few years addressed issues with the CB’s ergonomics, suspension, and performance of the 649cc liquid-cooled powerplant, but US models received no updates for 2024; Honda saved those for the European bikes. Still the CB650R’s current inverted Showa SFF-BP fork, standard ABS, and Neo-Sports Café styling represents an appealing feature set, and as a middleweight sport standard, the bike remains a very good all-around machine that strikes a nice balance of performance and versatility.

Nimble, compact, and playful, the Kawasaki Z650 is a great choice for smaller riders or urban commuters alike.
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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Best Middleweight Naked Bikes 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/best-middleweight-naked-bikes/
Published Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2024 10:00:00 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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