Mark Hinchliffe’s top 10
1 BMWS 1000 RR: Performance, power, style, great build quality, hi-tech electronics, progressive safety controls and, surprisingly for BMW, good value.
Ducati 1200 Multistrada:
Beautiful all-road adventure bike, with the best electronics of any of the new breed of hi-tech machines.
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.
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.
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.
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.