Should Honda bring a high-end litre-class Hypernaked?
The ideology of today’s Hypernaked is slightly different from other bikes.
- They are not faired.
- The engine is slightly tuned.
- The rider can sit more upright.
- Headlight intends to show meanness.
- They are fast and
- They may or may not come with a supercharged engine.
There could be more.
While we talk about ideology some manufactures have already executed this ideology and made these concepts alive.
Let’s take a look.
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro
Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, at its first appearance, has instantly become the most desirable motorcycle for riders worldwide.
With this model MV Agusta has revolutionized a market segment, re-interpreting technical and stylistic concepts synonymous with MV Agusta and at the same time defining new aesthetic and performance parameters.
With 205 hp of peak power and a top speed of over 300 km/h, MV Agusta has brought the concept of hyper-naked to its extreme limit, making it the absolute benchmark within the category. The price is around $46,000.
Kawasaki Z H2
Kawasaki officially unveiled the Z H2 Supercharged at last EICMA. The intake system comes with a supercharger that is capable to make 197 hp on the tap. Before the launch Z H2 created much news in the motorcycle world.
Kawasaki is the only Japanese manufacturer that has developed the Hypernaked in the litre-class segment that comes close to produce 200hp.
Ducati Streetfighter V4
Ducati went one step ahead and brought the Streetfighter V4.
Super naked with a high and wide handlebar. The 1103cc “Desmosedici Stradale” engine produces a maximum output of 208ps.
It just weighs 178kg. The naked beast comes with a biplane wing and latest generation electronic package. A concept called “Fight Formula” was introduced, and the design was aggressive and exciting.
Developed as a modern naked bike with advanced technology. According to Ducati, Street Fighter V4 has not only achieved segment-leading performance but it can act as a daily commuter. Streetfighter V4 retails at $19,995.
What you are looking here is the next generation of Hypernaked’s. We are not comparing the prices of these hyper naked beasts.
On the contrary, we are looking at how they compete with each other and how competition can force other motorcycle manufacturers to bring something like this.
The concept by Kar Lee should give heads up to Honda that there is a potential for Hypernaked in the market. The swanky design is derived from Honda’s new blade CBR1000RR-R.
Kar has designed the concept with and without winglet with some cool underbelly exhausts and with two different paint schemes.
While one is a combination of plain white and silver other is red, blue and white the HRC colours.
The concept looks mean and worthy for production.
Competition of standard naked’s
Suzuki does have Suzuki GSX-S1000, however, that does make 148hp. Again Honda has CB1000R in its naked lineup that effectively makes 143bhp.
With the help of cross-plane motor Yamaha MT10 SP makes 160bhp.
If we take a look at the other motorcycle manufactures apart from Japanese.BMW does have a naked BMW S1000R that makes 160bhp.
Noale based Aprilia whose Tuono V4 1100 churns 175 bhp. When compared is higher than the above competitors.
Austrian 1290 Super Duke R comes with 180 hp slightly higher compared to above naked’s.
Although here we are not talking about only power but the entire package and the segment.
So again the question remains the same. In near future do we see hyper naked’s from motorcycle manufacturers?