SA Bike of the Year finalists announced

The 9 finalists for the 2nd Annual SA Bike of the year competition have been named:

SA Bike of the Year

BMW R1200 GS Adventure

BMW S1000 R

Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati 1200 Monster

Kawasaki Z1000

KTM Super Duke 1290

Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom

Yamaha MT-07

Yamaha MT-09

The winner for the 1st Annual Bike of the Year competition, the BMW R1200 GS, makes it difficult for organisers to find a worthy successor.

The winner will be determined by a panel of 16 judges, all of which are South African motoring journalists. The judges each had to choose their top 8 bikes from a list of 27 eligible entries, which were either brand new models or re-engineered significantly. A 9th bike was added to the list after 2 bikes tied for votes.

This year’s line-up will be dominated by ‘naked’ motorcycles, which have their mechanical bits on display and little or no wind protection.

High-performance super-nakeds in the list include BMW’s S1000R, Ducati’s Monster 1200, Kawasaki’s Z1000 and KTM’s Super Duke 1290R; while the 689cc Yamaha MT-07 and 847cc MT-09 represent lesser-powered iterations of the same theme.

The only fully-faired superbike in the list is Ducati’s 899 Panigale.

The V-Strom is the all-new (and much better-looking) version of Suzuki’s touring motorcycle.

A 2-day judging event will be held in the Sabie / Hazyview area. Here the judges will ride all the finalist motorcycles over a variety of road and off-road (if applicable) courses. The winner of the contest will be announced at this year’s AMID Motorcycle Expo, which takes place from 8-10 August at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.

Keep an eye out for tickets for this event on the Junk Mail events section by setting up an alert!

Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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