Craig Duff’s top 10
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.