In the beginning we all came into this world naked, and the same goes for motorcycles. The term “naked bike” did not need to be used as a descriptor until we invented the aerodynamic clothes for motorcycles in the first place– fairings.

According to Robert Hoekman Jr., author of The Build, “Naked bikes are flexible daily riders built for life around town, afternoon rides, or whatever you want to do on a paved road.” However, these motorcycles are most often defined by what they are not.

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