Every year bikes get better, so the stuff we thought was fantastic ten years ago now appears to be obsolete (though the 1973 Norton Commando 750 Roadster is yet to be beaten on looks).
2016 has been another great year for new bikes. From the astonishingly capable and engaging Yamaha Tracer 700 (tested on page 50) to the intercontinental Ducati Multistrada Enduro (photographed in Moscow on page 47). From the impressive new Triumph twins (meet some of the development team on page 60) to the long-awaited Honda Africa Twin (ridden to the Pyrenees on page 68).
We reckon that there have been 50 new or significantly upgraded motorcycles introduced in 2016, but how to pick Bike’s Bike of the Year? We spoke to the most experienced and cleverest people in Bike’s bulging contacts book and asked them. What’s impressive is that so many of the people who work in the industry are prepared to say positive things about a rival’s products. Thanks to all the people who took the time to vote.
Of course you don’t have to buy into the relentless march of motorcycling technology, we’ve also identified the current Used Bike of the Year (page 76) and custom bike contributor Chris Hunter has picked the ten best Customs of the Year too (page 22).
This issue also contains the first report from our Hayabusa USA trip. Next month it’ll actually get out of New York City and onto some proper roads. The story starts on page 88.
Enjoy the issue.