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Naked? Not Really

So yesterday I visited GP bikes to window shop, see the new bikes and gear and too see just how uncomfortable a 1098 would be as a back road commuter.

Looking closely at a newer Monster I examined the multitude of covers- the cooling fans are artfully shaped to hide the rotating eye sores. What I didn't expect was that the cylinders also had shrink wrapped plastic covers that closely resembled, well, cylinders.
It seems even on naked bikes the motor is enclosed.Whether this is to quiet the engine or cut finishing costs who knows?

I suppose it won't be long now that manufacturers will offer piped in exhaust sound effects via bluetooth helmet speakers so that riders will think they are astride a loud bike, just like they do with some sportscars.

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