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At Last, SA's Bike Of The Year

15 August 2013 - Wheels News

At Last, SA's Bike Of The Year

According to The Bike Show: "All the importers nominate 2013 model -ear bikes they think should be included in the competition. The bikes have to be new-for-2013 models and cannot have been around for a few years and still available in 2013.

"All bikes must be road-legal, no hard-core off-road bikes."

AND THE WINNER IS...


Judges were told to vote for their top six bikes over a two-day test in Gauteng. Judges tested the cream of South Africa’s biking crop at Midvaal Raceway as well as on the open road for 10km loops from the Vaal dam to Magalies.

And the winner of the 2013 South African Bike of the Year is… the BMW R1200GS. Second place went to the KTM 1190 Adventure and third to the Triumph Daytona E675R.

According to the organisers: “While it may seem unfair to try to compare a KTM 1190 Adventure with a Triumph Daytona 675R and a Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, each bike was rated on its own merits and against previous versions of that bike and not against any other bike in the competition.”

Here are SA's top six bikes: 

1 BMW R1200 GS
2 KTM 1190 
3 Triumph Daytona 675 
4 MV Agusta Brutale 800
5 Kawasaki Z800
6 Moto Guzzi California 1400

And the rest (in no particular order)

Victory ‘Boardwalk’ 
Yamaha 600 Diversion 
Suzuki Inazuma 250 
Hyosung 650R 
Aprilia Caponord 
Yamaha FJR 
Honda NC700X auto 
Triumph Trophy  
Benelli Sports

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