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Naked motorcycles are pound for pound some of the funnest bikes on the market. At their best, they blend power, agility, technology, and comfort in a seamless package that begs to be pushed hard through the corners. The segment is also quite popular these days, which means lots of options out there. You can easily find a naked bike to fit any budget, but here we’re going to take a look at the cream of the crop with 10 models that embody the best of what a naked motorcycle can be.

The BMW R 1250 R blends smooth delivery with plenty of power and a nimble chassis.
The BMW R 1250 R blends smooth delivery with plenty of power and a nimble chassis. (BMW/)

BMW R 1250 R | $15,345

The BMW R 1250 R got a handful of updates for the 2023 model year, with a number of previously premium electronic systems made standard. This means the Bavarian naked now features Dynamic Traction Control and Brake Control, and Eco ride mode. Riders can expect plenty of exhilaration from the 1,254cc boxer twin too, with a claimed 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm. ShiftCam tech helps to make power delivery smooth, and the nimble chassis means there’s no corner too tight for the R 1250 R to handle with ease.

Ducati’s V4 SP2 is an absolute beast on the road or track.
Ducati’s V4 SP2 is an absolute beast on the road or track. (ducati/)

Ducati Streetfigher V4 SP2 | $37,995

Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 SP2 is the pinnacle of the Italian brand’s current family of naked machines. This impressive machine puts down 208 hp at 13,000 rpm and 90.4 lb.-ft. of torque at 9,500 rpm, weighing at a slim 419 pounds (without fuel). It has all the bells and whistles you’d want on a premium bike, including five-spoke carbon fiber wheels, sophisticated Öhlins suspension, top-quality Brembo brakes, MotoGP-derived electronics, and a finely calibrated 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale mill. It’s a hell of a track weapon and an absolute beast out on the road.

Honorable Mention: Ducati Monster ($18,595)

We would be remiss if we didn’t also mention the classic Monster platform from Ducati as well in a list like this. The iconic bike is less aggressive and easier on the wallet than the V4 SP2 but it’s long been a favorite of those with a predilection for naked bikes.

Related: Is Yamaha’s 2022 MT-10 the Best Naked Bike in its Class?

Honda’s CB1000R Black Edition is affordable and offers a smooth, sporty ride to any who want to swing a leg over.
Honda’s CB1000R Black Edition is affordable and offers a smooth, sporty ride to any who want to swing a leg over. (Honda/)

Honda CB1000R Black Edition | $12,999

Many of the bikes on this list are absolute shredders, the Honda CB1000R Black Edition tones things down a smidge to offer a bike that is highly functional on surface roads. The 998cc mill is derived from Honda’s superbike platform, but engineered for better midrange performance. That’s not to say you won’t be able to rip on the bike, you most definitely will. And elements like a bidirectional quickshifter, fully adjustable Showa suspension, an awesomely flickable chassis, and modest selection of electronic aids make this a fantastic package for riders who want to ride hard and keep some money in their pocket.

For a conversation-starting engine and aesthetic, along with unending power, consider the Kawasaki Z H2 SE ABS.
For a conversation-starting engine and aesthetic, along with unending power, consider the Kawasaki Z H2 SE ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki Z H2 SE ABS | $21,300

Kawasaki’s supercharged 998cc mill powers the Z H2 SE ABS, an engine platform that is both arm-stretchingly powerful and smooth. The transmission is designed to handle the high torque of the machine and is robust and reliable. Dial in the Showa suspension components and the H2 SE can easily provide a comfortable ride at a more moderate pace on surface roads or shine on track. It’s equipped with a host of electronic rider aids, and will undoubtedly turn heads with its

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Best Naked Bikes 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/best-naked-bikes/
Published Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2024 16:31:34 +0000

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Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory

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1968: A Year Like No Other

1968 can be considered as the great year of the 60s: the uprisings in Czechoslovakia against the socialist rules, the increase in intensity and scale of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the first time that man orbited around the Moon. A troubled year for sure, but one that would cause great transformations for our society.

So what does Formula 1 have to do with it? Well, in 1968 the category also underwent one of its most profound reformulation processes, from the commercial, economic and technological aspects. We always remember that 1968 was the year in which wings and aerodynamic functions became the object of study and desire of all teams (and that at the end of the year, they already dominated the grid)

But, perhaps the most important of all the changes was the one promoted by Lotus at the beginning of the year: the insertion of master sponsorships, which caused shocks in the entire structure of motorsport. As common as this may seem today, where we see cars and teams filled with advertising and marketing, in the 60s this was almost a sin, a blatant attack on the entire institution of motorsport.

Even with the negative repercussions at the time, now we can see why Colin Chapman is considered one of the great visionaries of Formula 1, and responsible for much of what it is today. Thus, in these few lines, we are going to unfold the whys and reasons for Lotus to have changed the traditional green and yellow for red and gold, and its consequences in the team’s first victory in the new colors.

Part 1: Gold Leaf and Lotus

The end of the 1967 season did not look very auspicious for the Lotus team. Even with the successes achieved at the end of the year (the team had won the last two GPs of the season, in the United States and Mexico, in addition to the non-championship Spanish GP), Colin Chapman was concerned with the sustainability of the team, mainly due to the cohesion and professionalism, the hallmarks of the Team Lotus.

All of this depended on one simple factor: money. As the years went by, Formula 1 became a more professional, more technological and, consequently, more expensive sport. Teams no longer had the means to support themselves, and sponsors increasingly had to pay the bills. Thus, it became imperative to maintain good relations with them, so that they would want to finance the teams.

The decrease in profitability at the end of 1967 left the team’s finances on a tightrope: for the first race of the 1968 reason, in Africa, the team still had the resources to finance itself. “Desperate” might be too strong a word to describe Lotus’ situation after the 1968 South African Grand Prix, but it came pretty close to the word’s real meaning after it.

Clark's victory in the 1968 South African GP
Clark’s victory in the 1968 South African GP was a small relief to the Lotus Team_s finances. But that wasn’t enough for the long-term plans of Colin Chapman and his subordinates. Credits: Formula 1 Archives (Twitter_X)

Therefore, for Team Lotus, the number 1 task for the break between the South African GP and the Tasman Series was to find a master sponsor that could bankroll the team; in addition, it was necessary to think of a new form of disclosure, which would influence greater capital than those obtained through traditional agreements.

The opportunity arose with the loosening promoted by the FIA ​​regarding sponsorships, which occurred at the end of the 1967 season. Faced with the departure of historic sponsors (such as Esso and BP) from the category, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile had to finally open itself to a new phase, in which motorsport advertising did not have to be exclusive related to car products; now, a new range of consumer goods began to appear in the race courses.

So, traditional brands like Shell, Goodyear and Dunlop would have to share their space with brands of cigarettes, drinks, home appliances and so many other things. And quickly for the teams, the choice for these sponsorships became an extremely attractive route: there were an infinity of

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By: Lorenzo Baer
Title: Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gold-leaf-team-lotus-the-deal-and-the-first-glory/
Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:37:52 +0000

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Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has just debuted its newest exhibit, “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape.” The display, which explores the intersection of art, the motoring environment and automotive innovation, will feature a curated selection of concept cars and artwork from iconic artists, including Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Inspired by American motoring

“Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape” presents the work of artists and designers whose imaginative creations transformed the motoring environment, and the automobile, from mundane facets of daily life into subjects of wonder and beauty. The exhibit will be divided into five sections: vehicle concepts, sign language, at the pump, highways and street art.

Vehicle concepts will showcase rare, fantastical concept vehicles from the 1930s and 1950s while the sign language section will feature road signage found on cross-country roadways as interpreted by contemporary artists. The at the pump portion will focus on art pieces from pop art iconographer Ruscha and artist Vik Muniz, while the street art section will showcase work by Mr. Brainwash, Steve O’Loughlin’s “Freeway Box,” created for the exhibition, and Larry Yust’s “Third Street,” highlighting Yust’s signature photographic elevation method.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/eyes-on-the-road-art-of-the-automotive-landscape/
Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 16:00:59 +0000

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
LOT #742 – 2022 FORD GT ALAN MANN HERITAGE EDITION – $1,292,500

The sun was shining during the final day of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction and supercars proved to be the superstars of the show, producing many exciting moments with big sales with an enthusiastic audience. The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the block on Saturday, resulting in over 20 record-breaking sales.

The day’s top seller was an Alan Mann Heritage Edition 2022 Ford GT (Lot #742), setting a new world auction record with its $1,292,500 sale, followed by a 2022 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #732) with its world auction record sale of $1.1 million. The third collector car to join the seven-figure club on Super Saturday was a 2021 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #721) with its $1,001,000 sale.

Ford GTs continued to command the top slots at the event, with a 2019 Ford GT (Lot #764) crossing the auction block for $902,000, followed by a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #725) for $451,000 and a 2005 Ford GT Heffner Performance Twin-Turbo (Lot #745) that sold for $374,000.

Other superstars of the show that landed in Saturday’s top sales included a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #740) for a world auction record of $698,500, a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon custom pickup (Lot #746) for $363,000 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #716) for $335,500. A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve convertible sedan (Lot #723), 2024 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon 170 pickup (Lot #748) and the 1969 Dodge Charger “Joe Dirt Daytona” movie car (Lot #749.1) each brought in winning bids of $330,000.

In addition to all the supercars on the block, the Palm Beach chapter of the Ferrari Club of America ‒ along with dozens of participants and their vehicles from South Florida’s Supercar Saturdays ‒ joined in on the final day of Barrett-Jackson fun in Florida by rallying to the event. Dozens of young automotive enthusiasts and students were also on-site as part of the Ford Youth Initiative.

Celebrities in attendance on Saturday included Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, a Brazilian and American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight division, who stopped by the auction to take in all the action.

The morning’s Automobilia Auction also brought some impressive sales. A spectacular Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) from the late-1950s/early ’60s was the big winner of the day, with a final bid of $36,800. Other neons that earned a spot in the Top 5 included a large 1951 Mobil Oil porcelain Pegasus sign with animated neon (Lot #8299.1) that sold for $33,350 and a 1940s-50s American Gasoline porcelain with neon sign (Lot #8297.1) that crossed the block for $29,900. Gas pumps remained popular with bidders as well. A highlight was a 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) with its $34,500 sale, followed by a late-1950s Polly Oil fuel island with two Wayne 505 gas pumps (Lot #8283), which sold for $31,050.

Barrett-Jackson extends its heartfelt appreciation for the enthusiasm we received at our 2024 Palm Beach Auction from our incredible bidders, consignors, sponsors, exhibitors, guests and fans, along with the vibrant South Florida community. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction at WestWorld, October 10-13.

Enjoy the video below with highlights of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, as well as a gallery of the best moments from the event on Saturday:

1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Sedan making its way to the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes.

LOT #764 – 2019 FORD GT – $902,000

LOT #749.1 – 1969 DODGE CHARGER “JOE DIRT DAYTONA” MOVIE CAR – $330,000

LOT #748 – 2024 JEEP GLADIATOR CUSTOM DEMON 170 PICKUP – $330,000

Ford Youth Initiative.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500

Guests enjoying the collector cars on display.

Guests experiencing all the midway has to offer in Palm Beach.

LOT #716 – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $335,500

LOT #745 – 2005 FORD GT HEFFNER PERFORMANCE TWIN-TURBO – $374,000

LOT #721 – 2021 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1,001,000

LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

LOT #746 – 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP – $363,000

LOT #740 – 2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ – $698,500

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050

LOT #732 – 2022 FERRARI SF90 SPIDER – $1,100,000

2021 Ford GT Carbon Series in the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-3/
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 22:05:57 +0000

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