The ’93 Ducati Monster usually gets credit for being the first modern “naked” bike, but the second-generation T509 Speed Triple was really the one that set our little hearts all atwitter, launching a new Beatlemania for the not-quite middle-aged motorcycle male. The big chrome headlights stirred up a little Quadrophenia, the outlandish colors (Roulette Green here) were pure punk, single-sided swingarms were exclusive, and the torquey/raspy 885cc Triple just seemed to encourage bad behavior: With no expensive bodywork to shred, what’s the worst that could happen? Slightly sanitized and much more sophisticated, the current Speed Triple remains a favorite today.

1997 Open Bikini Shootout