Be careful what you wish for, however. Such a hardcore bike delivers—perhaps predictably—a hardcore riding experience. If you’re looking to the naked category for a more civilized version of superbike performance, this is not your bike. The very over-square (106.0 x 67.5mm) 1190 motor is brutally strong anywhere from 5,000 rpm right up to redline, with a fat midrange that makes it eager to wheelie in any lower gear and still with a ferocious top-end rush. But the hot-rod state of tune (the compression ratio is 13.4:1!), big valves, and a super-light flywheel make the bike downright cantankerous at city speeds, with pronounced driveline shudder under 2,500 rpm and a bit of vibration sneaking past the counterbalancer above 6,000 rpm. Let’s just say the SX has strong mechanical presence. The engine throws some heat, too, but what 185-hp engine doesn’t? On the plus side, the hydraulic clutch has been massaged to appreciably reduce clutch pull, a complaint on the RX, and the six-speed transmission is one of the best in the business.