January 2019

THE BEST BIKE in the world? There’s never a clear answer: dyno, speed and track testing data only tell you which bike is technically superior.

The concept of ‘best’ cropped up a few times this month – firstly in our light-hearted end-of-year awards ceremony. Our choice for ‘Bike of the Year’ wasn’t the priciest or fastest (though it’s hardly cheap or slow). Johnny and I pondered our choices when our long-term test S1000RR and Super Duke R were pried from our fingers: bikes we struggled to fault as they suited us as individuals down to the ground.

As 2019’s new models appear, we’re forced to question that all again: variable valve timing, clever aero and even advanced electric bikes rendering all that we currently understand irrelevant. The answer, of course, is there isn’t one: while we make informed judgements when we test stuff, it’s too personal to pin down. For one day this month, Johnny was even convinced an adventure bike was his...

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Chris Newbigging

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