Some motorcycles are totally focused on being brilliant at one thing, while others fulfill a more diverse role. Then there are the motorcycles that take an uncompromising concept and round off the edges slightly, giving them a broader appeal. The best of these do this without losing any of the essence of the original concept and the results are often startling.

The most obvious example of this last category is the naked sports bike. While some of these come off the drawing board and into production as naked — or unfaired — machines and stay that way, some come into being as derivations of superbikes, which are really race replicas for the road and about as uncompromising as you could wish to get. ..

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