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View Poll Results: Which is the OG, Monster or S3?

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Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

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    Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    I just read an article about how the Speed Triple started the class.

    But wiki shows the speed triple started in 1994, while the Ducati Monster began in 1993.

    Is the Triumph stealing the Monsters thunder?

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    I guess those two bikes are kind of similar, but the difference is that the Monster is styled to be a good looking naked bike.

    The Speed Triple is supposed to look like a sport bike where the fairings have been removed, and the clip-ons have been replaced with a conventional handlebar for comfort. This is why the headlights sort of hang in mid air. My understanding is that homemade "hooligan bikes" like this were (and possibly still are) common in the UK.

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    Good looking nekid bikes predate both, UJMs covered that niche for a couple decades.

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    I'm pretty sure the first naked bike was the Daimler Reitwagen

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    This isn’t the one I read but this article says they’re “pretty much responsible”

    But the other article mentioned stripping expensive plastics after a sport bike was dumped, but those were more rat bikes. The S3 allegedly being the first purposeful naked bike.



    And I think the big eyes and single sided swingarm look great.


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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    When I think of naked bikes I think of faired bikes with the fairings removed and some components swapped out light headlights to be more fitting. Ujm bikes were just built stripped so they don't count for me.
    My 88 nsr is the oldest bike I can think of that fits the definition for me. It was sold in two versions, one with full fairings and the other with no fairings and a round headlight and mirrors mounted on the controls. Either version could be converted to the other with just a few parts mostly. That design dates back to 1986.
    A monster is just an Italian version of the ujm to me.

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    I'm pretty sure the first naked bike was the Daimler Reitwagen
    The original naked bikes were crashed Gixxers.

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    Re: Which of these two bikes started the naked bike class?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    The original naked bikes were crashed Gixxers.
    Yes but more Rat bikes than purposeful naked sport bikes.

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