Top 10 BEST Super and Hyper Naked Motorcycles of 2021

As if Super Naked motorcycles weren't enough, the bonkers Hyper Naked Motorcycles arrive to multiply the choice - but which Super and Hyper Naked Motorcycles is best?

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Apart from a few obvious other little things - such as, say, a global pandemic, economic meltdown and a virtual vacuum of sports and entertainment - 2020 will also be remembered fondly as the year of the Hyper Naked motorcycle.

With the arrival of looney-toons bikes such as Ducati’s astonishing V4 Panigale based Streetfighter and all-new 200bhp+ MV Agusta Brutale 1000, not to mention already mind-blowing recent offerings such as Kawasaki’s supercharged Z H2 and KTM’s updated 1290 Super Duke R, if you want to get your kicks naked, so to speak, and with as much blistering power and performance as possible, there’s never been a better time.

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In fact, there’s no many high-performance ‘Hyper Nakeds’ currently out there, we had no difficulty at all coming up with a Top 10, so much so that there was no room for slightly tamer, more affordable options such as Kawasaki’s Z1000 or Suzuki’s GSX-S1000. Sorry chaps.

But which is best? Here are our current preferences when it comes to Super Naked and Hyper Naked Motorcycles

Top 10 Best Super Naked and Hyper Naked Motorcycles

10. Ducati Monster 1200 S (from £14,895)

The Ducati Monster have never quite been full-bore, powerhouse Super Nakeds, instead being more roadster all-rounders with lashings of Italian V-twin character and style. But the latest 1200 S, and particularly the previous, now deleted R, made a convincing stab at it. 

The R with its 160bhp V-twin, Ohlins suspension, big Brembo brakes and more, was a true, loony performance bike, but the still available S - though slightly softer and not quite as highly specced - is worth consideration, too. 

Its liquid-cooled twin produces 145bhp plus plenty of mid and low-down grunt and, although slightly heavier than the R, the S, too, boasts pukka Ohlins suspension, plus there are three switchable riding modes, traction control and ABS. 

Ultimately, it may be no intensely-focussed sports roadster, but it’s not far off, will give most bikes here a run for their money and has the undeniable extra appeal of its Monster looks and Ducati kudos.

Ducati has recently updated the Monster formula with a fresh ethos for the trellis-frame-free 937cc so watch out for a similar treatment to the 1200 at some stage.

9. Yamaha MT-10 SP (from £15,052)

Yamaha’s Super Naked version of its brilliant R1 superbike has never quite received the recognition or acclaim its abilities deserve. That’s partly due to it arriving late, in 2016, its divisive 'beady-eye' styling and because of the original stocker’s having a slightly bland chassis that failed to match the potency of its detuned yet still ballistic 158bhp engine. 

That latter criticism was fundamentally removed with the arrival of this SP version, complete with semi-active suspension, colour TFT dash and uprated switchgear. The brilliant engine was unchanged, as were the comfortable, practical ergonomics - so much so, in fact, that Yamaha added a Tourer version with panniers, high screen and more the same year - but now here was a Super Naked that not only went and handled almost as good as any, but was also real world relevant, proven and still, just about, affordable. 

At more £15,000, the MT-10 SP is a little on the pricey, while even fellow MT-counterparts make it look a little long in the tooth after a big update for the slightly smaller MT-09. Expect a replacement in the next 12 months.

8. BMW S1000R (from £12,005)

We had to wait a while for it but the BMW S 1000 R was finally given an overhaul for 2021 to bring it into line with the sister S 1000 RR that arrived back in 2021.

Gone - thankfully - is the mug-eyed front-end in favour of a slightly more traditional single headlight, though while it makes the new bike look slightly less gawky it does have a hint of the R 1250 R.

That S 1000 RR-derived unit means fans of the bike will have 165bhp on tap and 84 lb-ft of torque. 4th, 5th, and 6th gear now run taller ratios, helping the bike to meet the latest noise and emissions standards, while an updated assisted slipper clutch is now available together with engine drag torque control (MSR).

The fully configurable Dynamic Pro mode is also available with a wider range of setting options as part of the Riding Modes Pro option. With Riding Modes Pro, the new S 1000 R also features the engine brake control.

It satisfies with the BMW loyalists perfectly but it isn't the most exciting selection among some accomplished rivals.

7. Honda CB1000R (from £11,649)

Big H’ have never had any trouble when it comes to practical, comfortable, sensible motorcycles, which is probably why the Japanese giant has always struggled when it comes to building bonkers, bad-ass ones. The Fireblade-derived CB1000R never quite cut it when first introduced in 2008, criticised mostly for being - at a detuned 130bhp - a little soft and with its smooth four being a touch characterless, even if it was a decent, all-round bike. 

But this latest version, updated for 2021, gets closer to the 'super naked' brief even if it doesn't exactly make its ties to the acclaimed new CBR1000RR-R very known.

While the now very recognisable 'Neo Cafe' styling remains evident - to the pleasure and disdain of people - if you line the current CB1000R alongside the version it replaced the changes are more evident. The chiselled looks are a more sharp-suited and the front-end has been tweaked if you look beyond the synonymous single circular headlight.

The update also introduced the flagship Black Edition, which isn't any sportier but looks fantastic in its modest but stealthy all-black livery, with some very impressive levels of detail.

There is still 143bhp on tap which means the CB1000R won't be winning any drag races in this list, but it's refined and has a sporty undertone, while the chassis encourages you to push on even if there is nothing 'too super' about it in the racy sense.

The CB may not, quite, be a true, fire-breathing, rip-snorting beast of a super-naked but it’s a classy, fast, entertaining roadster that’s more than worthy of consideration. 

6. MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR (from £28,700)

Italian exotica specialists MV Agusta is famous, certainly in its modern incarnation, for its fierce, power-packed super-naked Brutales, so the return of a new 1000cc version for 2020 - four years after the demise of the old 160bhp 1090RR - was big news. 

It has been updated for 2021 but the changes are minor with little change to the delicious styling which blends elegance with aggression in a way on MV Agusta knows how. Other changes are minor though with a snazzy new TFT dashboard and Continental cornering ABS that incoporates into the IMU.

Better still, MV Agusta continues to keep refining the package further with a brand new Serie Oro now available, packing featherweight carbon and a power jump to 212bhp… albeit with an even more hike to the price at an eye-watering €42,990. And if you're really flush then the limited edition 'Rush' is the ultimate supercar of superbikes.

On the downside, like previous Brutales, the RR’s riding position is as extreme as its performance, its price is ridiculously high - and has risen for 2021 - while its dealer network and reputation for durability is certainly less reassuring than rivals from, say, Ducati or BMW. 

5. KTM 1290 Super Duke R (from £15,699)

Having sorted through the Super Nakeds, we’re now getting into the business end where ‘Super’ just isn’t superb enough… meet the ‘Hyper Nakeds’! OK, so it might be more PR bumf than anything, but some manufacturers have run with the idea of Hyper Nakeds to the extent there is now a core group, beginning here with the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

The first generation was launched in 2013 with a then class-leading 160bhp and equally pioneering electronic rider aids that lived up to its billing as the most potent naked then available.

Things stepped up further with the even more powerful, 177bhp, Super Duke R, complete with updated styling and suspension and, crucially, electronics. The result was not only electrifyingly fast on track but also impressively docile and refined at normal speeds, too. 

For 202 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been improved yet again – but not with more power (which might be a mistake considering how some of its rivals have moved on) but instead improved refinement and manners. 

It’s now a more rounded machine than ever – and just as potent – but in this ranking it suffers slightly by simply not standing out quite as much as it could have and also from oft-repeated KTM criticisms of slightly suspect reliability.

And if that wasn't enough we now have the 1290 Super Duke RR which doesn't up the ponies, but is lighter and tuned to be sharper in the bends.

4. Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory (from £18,100)

Aprillia’s naked version of the superb RSV4 superbike has been impressing with both its performance and class-leading electronics for almost a decade now and is regarded as the best of all Super Nakeds. 

Updated to 175bhp 1100cc form in 2015, updated three times since (in 2017, 2019 and 2021) and offered in base RR (although it’s still pretty trick) and full-bling Factory guises the Tuono has remained arguably the best real world performance bike you can buy – even though it’s now ageing against newer opposition even with the latest updates that brought tweaked styling, Euro5 compatability and tasty tech trickling down from its MotoGP effort.

Indeed, the latest Factory version is not only powerful and grunty, not only has sorted semi-active suspension and class-leading electronics it also naturally has the very best components.

3. Ducati Streetfighter V4 (from £17,595)

One of the most eagerly anticipated motorcycles of the last couple of years didn't disappoint. The naked version of the Ducati Panigale V4 sportsbike has a mind-boggling 205bhp, a fabulous chassis and yet, thanks to a slightly extended swing arm, is impressively stable, roomy and practical, too.

In fact, dynamically it’s probably both the most extreme and yet also calm and cultured when you want it to be super naked around, which is basically why it ranks so highly here. 

However, on the downside, Ducati or no, surely no-one brought up on 851s and 916s thinks this is the most beautiful Ducati ever built and, despite all its brilliance, at just shy of £20K for the S, it’s rather expensive, too.

2. Kawasaki Z H2 (from £15,149)

Our erstwhile favourite has taken a little slip to second for 2021 (we'll explain why further down) but if you want your nakeds more cling-to-the-handlebar bonkers and just can't resist the zing of a supercharger then the Kawasaki Z H2 is still a terrific purchase.

In-your-face, aggressive and loud in the same way the Ducati or MV is chiselled, refined and poised, while you're unlikely to sway anyone towards a Z H2 if their heart is set on a Streetfighter V4 S, spend a bit of time with the Kawasaki and we can guarantee it will at least leave a very favourable impression, which some - including us - is more than enough.

At its heart is its supercharged party piece, the revvy 197bhp Z H2 proving a worthy sibling to the ballistic H2 fully-faired sportsbikes. Indeed, it certainly delivers when you unleash its full potential: the Kawasaki Z H2 is blisteringly fast with all the whistling blower drive and chirpy over-run that goes with it. And if that’s what you want from your Huper Naked motorcycle, then you’ll be a very happy bunny.

In all honesty, any one of the top five could line up differently depending on what you prioritise most in a motorcycle, whether it's the Ducati Streetfighter V4’s engineering prowess, the Aprilia Tuono’s sporting attitude or the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR ’s well-finished finesse.

However, while the jagged edges of the design - though unashamedly Kawasaki - won’t be to everyone’s taste, there is otherwise little to fault the Z H2 once you dig below the surface.

Better still, at just over £15,000 it is excellent value , so while the Z H2 might be the wild child turning up to a dinner party with a six-pack of beer, while you may think you crave sophistication, you know you'll end up having plenty of honest fast fun on the Kawasaki and pocketing some spare cash.

1. Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS (from £15,100)

As far as updates go, the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS represents a leap over its predecessor in all areas, whether that is specification and ethos, which is enough to get our nod here.

Spotting the shift towards a more 'hyper' style of naked, while we would stop short of classing the Speed Triple 1200 RS as a manic sportster like the Z H2 and 1290 Super Duke R, its brought enough of the benefits from models up top and below to create a wonderfully complete package.

The big news is the ramped up triple-cylinder engine, which has been boosted beyond what anyone expected with 1200cc at its disposal cranking out 180bhp which though down on some rivals is more than enough to get the hairs on your neck standing up.

With that unmistakable three-cylinder urging you on, the Speed Triple 1200 RS feels meaty and responsive, yet still refined and flexible at lower speeds, an impression matched by tuned dynamics that are as comfortable pootling in the urban jungle as dipping for apexes on the race track.

While the price has jumped to reflect the upgrade, the Speed Triple 1200 RS brings a plethora of tech and equipment, while everything feels superbly screwed together.

Indeed, if the Ducati Streetfighter V4 is the premium choice, the Z H2 the thrill of a responsive engine and the Super Duke 1290 R the agility of a race bike then the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS wins here because it combines all three of those qualities in one attractive package.

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