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The best naked bikes of 2019

Visordown's video rundown of the best naked bikes of 2019

Visordown's pick of the five best naked bikes to buy 2019. Which one of these stunning motorcycles would you go for?

Read our top 10 motorcyles to buy for under £10k in 2019 here: http://bit.ly/2UkE2ZJ

5. KTM Duke 790

"I can’t get angry at the Duke for too long though. Even the brakes (which are still ropey) can’t lower the mood. Fact is, this is one of the most fun two-wheelers I’ve ever ridden, and carries the KTM banner into a whole new sector. In the same way as the old 950/990 SM (another bike I loved), it provides a heap of performance, that’s easy to access, and masses of fun to use. Keep it away from motorways and dual carriageways, learn how to turn the traction off really quickly, upgrade the brakes and fit some sportier rubber, then prepare for the time of your life…"

4. Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen

"There's no surprise that Husqvarna’s flat-track-style Svartpilen (black arrow) 701 concept – shown last year – is turning into a production bike in 2019. It’s always been the plan and it mimics the smaller Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 range. But now it’s confirmed 100 percent."

3. Suzuki Katana

"Much of the Katana story centres around the styling and design then. And it does pay homage to the old bike in a pretty decent manner. The Katana logo is on show, on the dash as well as on the graphics, and the fairing/tank cover do a great job of echoing the old style, while staying on the modern side. We like the dual tone stepped seat too."

2. MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

"MV claim the bike will handle as well as a superbike does, and when you look at the components you’d have to think they’re right. Brembo Stylema calipers and 320mm discs, Ohlins electronically adjusted forks, an Ohlins TTX36 rear shock and a steering damper – all of which are governed by the bikes ECU and IMU. These aren't the sort of things you normally see on the spec sheet for a naked – and we haven’t even got to the wings yet…"

1. Kawasaki Z900 RS

"Yes, this is technically a 2018 model, but the Z900RS receives very high levels of approval in reader comments. I can see why. The styling is exquisite. More than that, it faithfully reimagines a real bike that means somethings to many riders.

"If you’re one of those riders to whom it evidently appeals, I have good news: the Z900RS is as rewarding to ride as it is to look at."

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