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Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017
Aug 04, 2017

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Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017: Harley-Davidson Street GlideHarley-Davidson Street Glide

1. Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special. In a world gone bagger crazy, the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special is a defining motorcycle. More real world than the over-the-top CVO version, The Special has a cleaner look that we like. Most importantly, the Street Glide Special has the new air-/oil-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant that offers serious street burning performance from the 111 ft/lbs of torque without going to the Twin-Cooled system. In addition to the stylish 19-inch front wheel and aggressive BOOM! Box 6.5 GT audio system, the Street Glide Special gets a Showa Dual Bending Valve fork. This means the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special is as enjoyable to ride as it is to be seen on. Also, keep in mind that the rest of the Harley-Davidson Touring line gets the new Milwaukee-Eight powerplant, and enjoys the same upgrade in performance.

Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017: Suzuki GSX-R1000RSuzuki GSX-R1000R

2. Suzuki GSX-R1000RThis is the first significantly new Gixxer 1000 in eight years, and Suzuki went all out with the R version of the venerable superbike. With a hair under 200 horsepower on tap and an impressively stable chassis, along with top-of-the-line Showa suspension, the GSX-R1000R is a fantastic track-ready superbike that the skilled everyman can ride with confidence. Features such as an up/down quickshifter, and Brembo calipers grasping 330mm rotors make it much easier to go fast, even on challenging circuits. Traction control and a rev limit of 14,500 rpm give you all sorts of throttling options, while corner-aware ABS helps you stay on the bike when mistakes are made. Add in superior feedback, and the confidence level the GSX-R1000R gives the rider will change how you approach a track.

Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017: Triumph BobberTriumph Bonnerville Bobber

3. Triumph Bonneville Bobber. We are seeing the name Bobber thrown around a lot in 2017, yet the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is truly something special. Triumph’s best selling new model, the Bobber has styling that looks more like a hardtail custom bike than a fully suspended production line machine. One could be forgiven for thinking handling is not the forte of the Bonneville Bobber based on its looks, but they would be wrong. The supple suspension works quite well, and the handling is astoundingly good in the twisties, thanks to more moderate geometry numbers than you’d expect. Power is not an issue, as the 1200HT vertical twin is all about real-world torque, putting out 78 ft/lbs at just 4000 rpm. There’s a full suite of electronics, which will surprise many, and it is more comfortable than it looks. The 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber is all about defying expectations, and redefining custom cruisers.

Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017: Honda CBR1000RRHonda CBR1000RR

4. Honda CBR1000RR SPWhile the semi-obtainable SP2 edition of the new Honda CBR1000RR may be the choice of racing teams, the SP is the bike most suited to those who ride on the street and live for track days. The reason we prefer the SP is the amazing Öhlins Smart EC semi-active suspension, which works magic for those of us who are less-than-perfect riders. It’s easily and intuitively adjustable, and that means you can dial in the suspension without having the skills of a WSBK rider and his tech. The CBR1000RR may not have set WSBK on fire this year, but out in the real world, the CBR1000RR SP is a stunning machine with incredible handling and a strong (though not the strongest) motor that makes for a fantastic riding package for the discerning sporting motorcyclist.

Top 20 Motorcycles Of 2017: Yamaha FZ-10Yamaha FZ-10

5. Yamaha FZ-10A replacement for the aging Yamaha FZ-1 was a long time in the making, so the anticipation and expectations were high for whatever replaced it. As it turns out, the Yamaha FZ-10 is even better than we imagined it would be. Based on the latest version of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, the FZ-10’s inline-4 has plenty of power to get you into more trouble than you want on the street. Handling is spot-on, yet forgiving enough for the average street rider. The power is manageable, and electronic adjustments make it even easier to tailor the ride to your needs. While the futuristic styling may be a bit controversial, there’s no doubt that the FZ-10 is a stunningly impressive upright sport bike that takes on all-comers without flinching.