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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2010, 03:48:34 pm »


Suzuki for just saying "screw it" for 2010 instead of pretending to ship new models that are just repainted '09s or sad excuses for "new and innovative" bikes.  Thumbsup


And that year off was a good choice... They're back in pretty bold fashion.
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« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2010, 04:48:39 pm »

Pretty close to a consensus here, wow.

I voted Kawasaki, because they've stayed active in development throughout the last five years:  ZX-14, Versys, ER-6, C-14, Z1000, Ninja 1000, and stepping up with a new ZX-10R.  Much more impressive than any of the other Japanese manufacturers (shoot, maybe the others *combined*) over that time.

BMW would be my second choice, because of the S1000RR, the "fixing" of the K1200 into the K1300, the F800 series, and the new 1600 (not my kind of bike, but still).  They seem to be the "anti-Harley" in terms of how they are breaking out of their traditional audience.

And a couple of years ago I'd have said Triumph, but realistically all of their key bikes are now pretty long in the tooth.  If they rework the 675 and Speed Triple as expected, they may be back up there soon.

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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2010, 12:16:16 am »

Far tougher question to answer than "most disappointed".   So many interesting bikes, from some many different manufacturers.  

I went BMW, as they've really come a long way in a very short period of time.  Breaking their image of solid but less than competitive performance, to serious high performance machines.  

Have to think Triumph and Ducati are going to get a lot of votes as well.    

So many choices, so little time.  
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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2010, 05:49:35 pm »

Ducati 1st for me because they are still making great bikes and selling them to support the company's racing habit (the best they can in down times).  Also, it was refreshing to see a company listen to its customers to deliver a bike like the Multi.  

KTM and Kawasaki get honorable mentions from me.  KTM has entered the street scene with some very well done bikes (Super Duke, SMs, and SMT) while Kawasaki has impressed me with the C14, the Versys, and some of its newest 2011 models.  
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« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2010, 05:36:49 pm »

Triumph is the one for me with Kawasaki a close second   Thumbsup

We will see what the others like Suzuki have to pull out of their hat next year   :popcorn:
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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2010, 11:40:51 pm »

Kawasaki and KTM: tie
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2010, 01:16:28 am »

Aprilia, for winning World Superbikes in their second year in the series.  Outrageous.   Bigok   Clap Clap


BMW, for entirely updating their line of bikes the last few years.  Includes new smaller bikes, revamped the K1200S to become the vastly superior K1300S, bringing out the HP2 Sport, building the best 1000cc sportbike, and now the six cylinder ubertourers.  That's a lot of change for a historically conservative niche player.    Thumbsup Thumbsup
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2010, 12:22:28 pm »

3 Moto Guzzi for their increasingly good bikes.

2 Ducati for the Multistrada

1 In first place, Royal Enfield for putting a fuel injector on the big single.
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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2010, 09:37:28 am »

right now Harley has two more votes than Honda  EEK!

I voted Triumph. Kawi would be first among the Japanese bikes.
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« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2010, 10:54:14 pm »

Triumph for sure.  Love my Street Triple and stoked to see how the new Tiger 800 Adventure bikes are going to stack up to the competition.
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« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2010, 12:00:51 pm »

The STNers have spoken.

Triumph with 40%
Kawi with 20%
BMW with 13%

Sidenote: The almighty BIG Red did get 1 vote  Lol I wonder who that was  Rolleyes
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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2010, 02:24:04 pm »

Triumph hands down...
- into of the T8's, nice solutions in the larger mid displacement barrens
- confirmed development of the 1200 platform that promises some interesting potential new rides to come in 2012 including a Trophy tourer, a bigger Tiger in possibly two flavors again like the T8, and the return of a big Daytona in the super sport segment.
- As a former Sprint owner and owner site admin, the new GT literally addresses almost every single significant bitch owners had on the ST, with the exception of the 420w alt which is ample, yet not exactly robust. In my almost 30 years of riding, I have never seen another manufacturer respond as completely to the customer base the way Triumph has with this new model... bravo!

BMW second, something I'm surprised to say...
- F8's across the board, especially the new R,
- K16 raises the bar in the yacht segment, the headlight thing is a very cool idea... if it holds up.
- I even like the little G 450 X thumper, regardless of needing a ladder to get on it.

Yamaha third...
- S10, although I would prefer to see the 660 available too or instead of... crossing my fingers
- FZ8 with some mods could provide an interesting platform for a naked mid sized touring ride

and a distant 4th... even though they completely punted in regards to all of their other new offerings, I commend Honda for joining us in this century with a modern 250cc offering that will be priced in market.
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2010, 10:01:58 am »

BMW - Their 1600 is brilliant and their 1000rr is awesome! They continue to lead the industry in innovative design.

Triumph - for many things recently, but mostly for building an adventure bike based on their threesome. I hope the XC is wildly successful (and I wish I could afford to own one).
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« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2010, 11:33:03 am »

It's got to be Triumph! By a wide margin.
When you take into consideration the size of the company, they are doing a tremendous job of developing new products that riders actually want to own.

I give BMW and Ducati a tie for 2nd for there electronic advancements.

Kawasaki would be next because the are building user friendly performance bikes as well as attempting to keep up in the superbike electronics war.

Most disappointing would be Honda.
They seem to have lost their focus when it comes to new model development.
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« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2010, 08:35:26 pm »


 they are doing a tremendous job of developing new products that riders actually want to own.


sums it up right there - you'd think all companies would want to make bikes riders want to own?
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« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2010, 12:03:06 am »




sums it up right there - you'd think all companies would want to make bikes riders want to own?


It's when a company actually listens to their customers. Less ego, more listening.
Hello Honda! You hear that? I didn't think so  Thumbsdown
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« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2010, 12:14:51 am »

Moto Guzzi has 4 votes.

You may as well lock this poll cuz that's as good as a win  Bigok
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« Reply #37 on: December 23, 2010, 05:15:37 pm »


Moto Guzzi has 4 votes.

You may as well lock this poll cuz that's as good as a win  Bigok


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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2011, 10:50:44 pm »

Kawasaki gets my first place vote. First, they brought out the Concours C14 in 2007 and set the new standard for (large) sport tourers. Then they listened to their customers and radically updated and improved an already excellent motorcycle with the 2010 model. No other manufacturer (that I know of) has done that.

BMW, with the S1000R (I'm alphabet challenged)  set a new standard for performance and technology in the 1000 cc arena and at a reasonable (for a change) price. Good news for everyone- now their competitors will have to match them or even up the ante- Kawasaki already answered with their new 1000 cc ( Ninja?).

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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2011, 10:55:24 pm »

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