Mark Hinch­liffe’s top 10

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

1 BMWS 1000 RR: Per­for­mance, power, style, great build qual­ity, hi-tech elec­tron­ics, pro­gres­sive safety con­trols and, sur­pris­ingly for BMW, good value.

2

Du­cati 1200 Mul­tistrada:

Beau­ti­ful all-road ad­ven­ture bike, with the best elec­tron­ics of any of the new breed of hi-tech ma­chines.

3

Har­ley-Davidson XL Forty-Eight:

Trust Har­ley to turn a cur­rent model into some­thing ap­proach­ing new-age art. The 48 rep­re­sents the best of the new trend in grunge min­i­mal­ism.

4 Tri­umph Sprint GT: Noth­ing fancy here, just great dy­nam­ics and top value. Tri­umph seems to be able to do no wrong.

5

Yamaha XT1200Z: An­other of the new hi-tech ad­ven­ture bikes to hit the mar­ket. But styling is a lit­tle ‘‘out there’’ and it weighs too much.

6

Honda VFR1200F DCT:

A spec­tac­u­lar V4 en­gine, ex­cel­lent build qual­ity, a host of hi-tech fea­tures, out­stand­ing han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics, a dis­creet lug­gage-mount­ing sys­tem and the smoothest ABS and slip­per clutch sys­tem on the mar­ket. The dual-clutch trans­mis­sion is clever, but is it nec­es­sary and does any­one want it?

7 Kawasaki Z1000:

While many man­u­fac­tur­ers are go­ing retro, Kawasaki has forged ahead with a very stylish mod­ern bike with strong per­for­mance, but it’s limited by its sus­pen­sion.

8 Vic­tory Cross Coun­try: Who says a big tour­ing cruiser can’t have a mod­ern feel and corner clear­ance? This Amer­i­can bike com­pany is shat­ter­ing the tra­di­tions with its mod­ern, hi-tech fo­cus and classy aero­dy­namic en­gine crash bars.

9 Honda CB1100: When in a quandary on how to go for­ward, look back. Honda plun­ders its back cat­a­logue with a retro bike that makes grown men all misty-eyed.

10

Moto Guzzi 1200 NTX: Who says ad­ven­ture bikes have to be ugly? Ital­ian flair, but the fuel tank is too small for long ad­ven­tures. Big­ger tank com­ing next year.

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