Craig Duff’s top 10

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -


BMWS 1000 RR: It is the com­plete elec­tronic and me­chan­i­cal pack­age that dares you to find — and shred — the gnarli­est cor­ners around.


Honda VFR1200 DCT: Technology trumps tra­di­tion with the clutch­less VFR, pow­ered by a sweet V4 en­gine, com­pe­tent chas­sis and the ex­pected stan­dard of fit and fin­ish.


Aprilia RSV4R: Max Bi­aggi proved the lit­tle Ital­ian was the goods on the world su­per­bike stage and it’s not far off that on the street. Big per­for­mance in a chas­sis that will suit smaller rid­ers.


Suzuki Bandit: The pop­u­lar 1250cc bike will do any­thing you ask of it, from rid­ing to work to rid­ing around the coun­try two-up. It’s a ver­sa­tile, value-for-money ma­chine that won’t dis­ap­point.


Zero: Pi­o­neers al­ways do it tough and the elec­tric bike com­pany de­serves credit for con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing its mod­els. The bat­tery is still too heavy, but Zero will be a hero sooner rather than later.


Kawasaki Ninja 250: The baby Kwaka has been the best-sell­ing pri­vate bike for years and the lat­est

model con­tin­ues the trend. It’s a pint­sized per­former that learn­ers love. We de­serve the fuel-in­jected ver­sion, though.


Hyosung GV650: As an en­try-level cruiser, this South Korean bike kicks butt. The brakes and sus­pen­sion aren’t set up for the twisties but as the road opens up, so does the Hyosung.


Yamaha VMAX: Op­er­at­ing on the big-is-bet­ter prin­ci­ple, the 1.7-litre Yamaha is just about as good as it gets. It is a naked mus­cle bike with 148kW and 166Nm — fig­ures that make its ri­vals look pre-pubescent.


Honda PCX: This 125cc scooter proves Honda doesn’t fo­cus its technology only on the top-end ma­chines. An idle-stop sys­tem with brush­less starter makes the lit­tle scooter su­per-ef­fi­cient — and it’s still fun to ride.


Tri­umph Sprint GT: The Bri­tish bike­maker keeps in-fill­ing niches in its prod­uct line-up. The GT is a more tour­ing-ori­ented ver­sion of the Sprint ST and with dual 31-litre pan­niers, it is built for long-dis­tance runs in com­fort and style.



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