We took these super nudes on the road and we kept going and back
In 2012, the final stretch of a once-all dirt road was paved to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak, and with this change in surface came a new chapter in the historic Race to the Clouds. As speeds increased and the time until the 12.42-mile course plummeted, safety concerns arose.
After a couple of tragic competitor deaths, event organizers introduced an equipment standard that required eligible motorcycles to be built with a one-piece handlebar.
With this “safety” initiative, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has become a prime showcase for the thriving segment of nude sport.
In this year’s 96th race of America’s second-oldest motorsports race, a 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R driven by former KTM factory superbike racer Chris Fillmore broke the all-time motorcycle record. times to become the King of the Mountain.
While assisting as a Squadra Alpina rookie driver trainer (another recent PPIHC safety initiative), I witnessed Fillmore’s historic feat and was equally impressed by the Super Duke R. As happenstance, I traveled directly from Pikes to Thunderhill Raceway located in Willows, California, for the Shootout of the Day World GEICO track Cycle , a two-day event that offers a unique opportunity to travel with readers as they drive the track portion of this super-nude test.
Sharing the 3-mile, 15-lap road circuit with roughly 80 motorcycles each day meant that recording comparative timed laps was not feasible, and lap times really aren’t the point with these fun machines. So the associate editor of SALES , Sean MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer, Red Bull Street Freestyle Rider / Guest Evaluator Aaron Colton, and I collected track impressions of each bike’s performance at speeds much greater than is reasonably possible on public roads. .
The event was a huge success as readers were able to travel for free, meet new friends, and interact / travel not only with the magazine staff, but also talented MotoAmerica racers and speak with Bell representatives and / or demo team. Helmets, 6D Helmets, Alpinestars. and Pirelli.
Now to introduce you to the real stars of the show: Challenging the “King” KTM 1290 Super Duke R is an Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR, defender of the throne as Best Open Class Street Bike in last year’s Top Ten Bikes and returns with updated electronics and brakes.
The Bavarians have also upped their game, as the 2017 BMW S1000R is endowed with a modest increase in power and ABS when cornering. Rounding out our test is the Yamaha FZ-10, an affordable full-featured option in the YZF-R1-based category.
Taking advantage of Pirelli CT Racing’s (ctracetires. Com) tire service track put the bikes on a level playing field with the street / trackday Diablo Rosso Corsa Radials.
The tires withstood countless laps of abuse while also providing great lateral grip to see all the bikes here grounding pegs and mufflers when riding at a fast Group pace.
Once all the testers had several sessions on board each bike, we had a meeting of minds with unanimous praise for the Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR’s unmatched track prowess. “Hands down my favorite engine here,” Hoyer commented on the unique character of the 65-degree V-4 engine.
“And it’s not just that it’s technically superior in terms of balancing low end torque and high end that just won’t stop; it is also one of the most beautiful sounds e inspiring in its delivery of power ”.
The corner exit unit was close at hand with intuitive feedback, and the extra 500 rpm at the top (over its predecessor) made it possible to stretch a gear between turns.
“The throttle comes in like butter when you back up in the middle of the corner and it’s wonderfully controllable until you get into the next gear,” said Hoyer excited about the added gravity of a Colton over the moon. “This is the most impressive engine package I have ever ridden”, …