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By the early 1990s, Ducati was completely involved in building sport bikes, so the launch of the M900 Monster at the Cologne show in October 1992 was quite a surprise. Yet its pedigree was unimpeachable; it was the first “naked” bike or “street fighter,” as they are now known. The frame was adapted from the 851/888 design, with an upright seating position and no fairing. It was an immediate success, and a 600-cc version was launched in 1994 in red or yellow. Testers managed a top speed of 109 mph, with a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 97 mph. This iconic design has evolved in the past 17 years, but its basic simplicity is much admired. This is a solid example of an early 600-cc Monster, few of which come to market, as owners tend to keep them and just buy a bigger one. This bike has custom paint, a fly screen and carbon-fibre mudguards.

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The Honda NC700X has a lot to love. The bike was created for those who put fun and functionality on the first place and is packed with a long list of features which help it offer first class performances and top notch agility.

At the heart of the 2012 Honda NC700X lies Honda’s new 670cc parallel-twin engine which rewards with enough power and torque to fill your brain with a tasty mix of dopamine and adrenaline.

The liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine features a single overhead cam, four valves per cylinder and a counterbalancer along with a PGM-FI fuel-injection system and Honda’s second-generation DCT transmission - a technological mix that guarantees advanced performances. In terms of power, the engine is rated at 51 hp at a modest 6250 rpm and 45.7 ft-lb. at a low 4750 rpm.

On top of that, the bike carries a slew of new features, including a watertight, locking compartment, a 41mm fork that provides 6" of travel, a Pro-Link shock that delivers 5.9" at the rear wheel, and a single 320mm brake disc squeezed by a two-piston caliper - three pistons on the C-ABS model - up front and a 240mm disc/single-piston-caliper combo out back.

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The 2013 Honda NC700S is based on the Honda’s ‘New Concept Fun Naked’ concept which is a relatively new approach in this segment.

As most of Honda’s nakeds the BC700S features a modern design language with sharp lines, dynamic shapes and clear cut surfaces. Not to mention about the wide range of paint schemes available which further enhance the modern look of the motorcycle.

The 2013 Honda NC700S is equipped with a 670 cc, 2-cylinder, SOHC, PGM-FI engine that develops a maximum speed of 47 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and a peak torque of 60 Nm at 4,750 rpm. The engine is paired with a dual clutch transmission which delivers a pretty good fuel efficiency, as can hit 27 kilometers on a liter.

The 2013 Honda NC700S is kept in check by a set of front and rear disc brakes combined with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

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The MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR has received a set of upgrades for 2013. The improvements include both style and technical modifications. The 2013 model is available in three variants, namely the Brutale 1090, Brutale 1090 R and Brutale 1090 RR.

The latter is the most capable version, featuring a range of features designed to make it the ultimate naked bike.

The motorcycle continues to be the benchmark for handling thanks to the continually refined and improved suspension. The 50 mm diameter front forks are fully adjustable by means of special external adjusters: compression on one leg, rebound on the other and spring preload on both legs.

The shock absorber is similarly capable, as is completely tunable featuring spring preload, rebound damping and also offering the possibility to vary the low and high speed hydraulic compression damping.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies the strong 1078 cc, four cylinder engine which is paired with a six speed transmission.

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MV Agusta’s Brutale range is considered a bench mark in the naked category as all models are packed with state of the art technologies, come with a modern design language and reward you with first class performances.

In 2013 the Brutale family has become even bigger, as the company launched a fresh model, namely the Brutale 675.

The bike features a refined mechanical design that has been matched with an ultra-technological chassis to deliver top notch performances.

The 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 675 is fitted with a light, agile and powerful engine that is currently the most advanced in the middle-weight segment. The new in-line three cylinder is based on the F3 unit and features a long list of advanced technologies. The engine’s output is rated at 108,5 hp at 12.500 rpm and 65 Nm of torque.

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The MV Agusta Brutale is the strongest motorcycle in Agusta’s lineup. The motorcycle is not only the strongest as it’s also one of the best looking models designed by the Italian manufacturer.

Among the most attractive visual details you’ll find the modern lighting elements which include day running lights arranged symmetrically on either side of the dashboard cover. We also like the aggressive frame, the sculpted fuel tank and the dynamic tail. Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 model comes with a new pair of wheels which are about 1.500 grams lighter than the old ones.

The two new double exhaust silencers, now come with tapered ends, featuring a tasty diagonal cut reminiscent of American dragsters.

In terms of power, the motorcycle is equipped with a strong 1,078 cc, four cylinder engine paired with a six speed transmission.

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The VanVan125 is the epitome and the personification of a retro bike that has been admirably packaged with new-school technology. The Suzuki VanVan 125’s low and long styling will certainly catch a lot of attention in the parking lot. Not to mention about the wide, low seat and wide handlebars which further enhance its unique look. Fortunately the motorcycle’s unusual design didn’t affect the rider’s comfort and you won’t have any complains about the long seat or the slightly raised handlebar.

The 2102 Suzuki VanVan 125 is equipped with a single cylinder 125cc engine which is paired with a 6-speed constant mesh gear box.

Suzuki VanVan 125’s most notable features include the push-button electrics starter for easy starting, fuel injection and catalyzer for reduced emissions, a slim shaped 6.5-liter fuel tank, 33mm-inner-tube telescopic front forks and a single-shock absorber.

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The 2012 Suzuki GS500 won’t impress you with its dated design, but it will sure manage to get your attention with its sporty performances.

Power comes from a 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, air-cooled, DOHC engine with a displacement of 487 cm3. The engine’s power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed constant mesh transmission which is pretty sharp and precise. On top of that, the transistorized electronic ignition and precise carburetor also help in keeping the engine to run as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

While the design may not be as charming as other models in its class, you won’t have any complains about the bike’s functionality. The well-padded seat and the comfortable riding position certainly add a plus of value. Not to mention about the comprehensive instrument cluster, frame-mounted one-piece grab bar, black-painted double-cradle frame and the upswept tail section.

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The Suzuki SV650SA is a pretty versatile sport motorcycle which feels similarly comfortable on both the race tracks and city streets.

The 2012 model features a full fairing , a solo seat cover and ABS as standard equipment. The motorcycle is built on a light yet rigid aluminum-alloy truss frame which is combined with a high tech suspension on the front and rear.

The bike’s center piece is a capable 645cm3 liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that has been tuned to deliver a great powerband with crisp throttle response and strong acceleration in every gear. Additionally the Auto Fast Idle System (AFIS) contributes to easy engine start.

Among the high quality engine components you’ll find cast-aluminum-alloy pistons shaped to minimize reciprocating weight and shot-peened chrome-moly-steel connecting rods. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed constant mesh transmission.

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The 2012 Suzuki Gladius ABS is arguably one of the best looking models in its class. The motorcycle features a pretty futuristic design language and we especially like the sharp fuel tank, imposing frame and the unique headlight. Not to mention about the sculpted seat and the dynamic exhaust pipes.

We don’t have any complains about the bike’s color combinations either, as the contrasts of the front fender, radiator covers, fuel tank covers, side covers, steel fuel tank and frame further enhance its tasty appearance.

Once you jump on the saddle you are greeted by a useful instrumentation that includes an analog tachometer and LCD speedometer, digital dual trip meters, odometer, LCD digital clock and gear-position indicator.

In terms of power, the Suzuki Gladius ABS is fitted with a 645cm3 fuel-injected DOHC 90-degree V-Twin engine that is based on the SV650 power plant.

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