Yesterday’s Ducati Monstersedici RR got us thinking. While we liked the idea of a naked bike powered by a 200bhp MotoGP-inspired v4, the highly advanced engine didn’t look at home in the Monster’s svelte lines. In fact, contemporary roadsters like the Monster, Honda 919, Triumph Street Triple and Yamaha FZ6 all look a little over-styled and limp wristed next to the sportsbikes that donated their engines. What’s missing is a strong technical element to the look, something that isn’t provided by the sharply creased plastic and weird exhaust cans of bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000 and Suzuki B-King. That look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Strip the fairing from most current sportsbikes and what you’re left with is a perfectly functional motorcycle, just one whose style is provided by its mechanical components, not plastics. Motorcycle design’s mantra has always been form follows function, it should be: function is form. Click through to see the three bikes we think are best suited to this treatment.
>Ducati Desmosedici RR:
Strip the carbon fiber fairing off Ducati’s MotoGP replica and you’re
left with a bike that exudes mechanical aggression, not race pedigree.
Ride this to a bar and no one’s going to mistake you for a balding
stockbroker living out a mid-life crisis. It’s easy too; the fairing
will bolt right off; all the necessary lights and oily bits stay
attached. We’d add some crash damage and worn out slicks to complete
Kawasaki Concours 14:
Think the 2009 Yamaha VMAX is an over styled, overweight let down?
Here’s the performance cruiser for you. A small single seat unit might
be a worthwhile addition, as would some Confederate Hellcat headlights.
2008 Honda CBR1000RR:
Already our favorite liter bike of 2008, the CBR1000RR looks even
better minus its handsome fairing. All we’d add would be a sheet metal
undertray for the seat unit, some foam to sit on and some
so-small-you-can’t-see-them LED lights. Bonus points for leaving the
stock exhaust on; quiet is the new loud.