Settle a dispute: What does riding Naked really mean?
QOTD: Am I Still Riding Naked?
Back in July, I decided to go from a fully clad moto (a Suzuki GSX-R750) to a naked one (a Yamaha FZ-09). Let me tell you, I was SO excited to go naked!
My boyfriend Greg owns a Triumph Street Triple and 1290 KTM Super Duke. He practically rode the wheels off the ‘Rumph and will surely do the same to the Duke. He’s put close to 50K miles his Triple, and he’s done it with the bike completely naked.
Prior to my FZ-09 purchase, he told me that the main difference between a fully-faired sportbike and a sport naked is how the wind hits your body. Basically, anytime you go over 65 mph the wind knocks your head around a lot more than you would riding a bike with fairings.
My FZ-09 in all of his naked glory!
I believed him and even rode his Street Triple from San Francisco to Cupertino, CA a few months before I ditched the Gixxer. After doing that, I totally got what he tried to convey to me. However, I felt that if it wasn’t a problem for him then it wouldn’t be a problem for me either.
Well, I was wrong (of course). I felt that if I didn’t do something to block the wind from knocking my head around I was going to get degenerative disc disease. So, I decided to get myself a nice MRA Double-Bubble Racing Screen windshield for the FZ-09. Boy, did that make a HUGE difference.
My neck says thank you. I also think the FZ-09 pulls this look off quite well.
However, now Greg is giving me a hard time by saying I no longer have a naked sportbike since it has a windscreen. I beg to differ as it doesn’t have fairings -- it just has a piece of plastic that’s bolted onto the top of the headlight.
So, RideApart readers, I need your help in answering the following: Am I still riding naked?
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Also, what about a belly pan? Is this naked or no?