It’s not easy pick­ing a top 10 when so much stand­out en­gi­neer­ing pep­pers the mo­tor­cy­cling world. But these mile­stone mo­tors all set new stan­dards in ei­ther power, re­li­a­bil­ity, or in many cases both. Here they are in all their cut­away glory

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words: Alan See­ley | Pic­tures: Bauer ar­chive

The pow­er­plants that shook the world ex­am­ined and unashamedly cel­e­brated

Ev­ery gen­er­a­tion has its own golden era of mo­tor­cy­cle de­vel­op­ment. But by any stan­dard the pe­riod from the early 1970s to the new mil­len­nium was one of in­cred­i­ble evo­lu­tion of a ra­pid­ity to echo the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of each in­no­va­tive en­gine.

We all have our favourites, and com­pil­ing this Top 10 list of the great­est en­gines of the decades cov­ered by Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes saw us hav­ing ar­gu­ments with our­selves, let alone with each other. So we set per­sonal prej­u­dices to one side to be as ob­jec­tive as we could, fully aware that if asked to come up with this list at an­other time it might look slightly dif­fer­ent. How­ever af­ter some re­flec­tion we con­clude that it wouldn’t be dif­fer­ent by much.

We present this list to you on the ba­sis that each and ev­ery one of the en­gines we se­lected was an in­flu­en­tial land­mark that brought some­thing to the canon of bril­liant mo­tor­cy­cles as well as be­ing wor­thy of cel­e­bra­tion for their in­di­vid­ual achieve­ments. We also know that you’ll be sure to in­form us where you dis­agree and why.

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