Best of the year
Cycle World once again picks the 10 best bikes for the year. They’re unveiling the results day by day. It was no surprise that yesterday’s pick for top standard was the new, improved Kawasaki Z1000, which, by all accounts, is a fantastic motorcycle. The brand new Triumph Tiger 800XC, was a bit of a surprise as the best Dual-Sport, though. I think that may change when the new wears off the Trumpet.
Similarly, today has a surprise, too. The shocker is not that the Ducati Multistrada wins the best open streetbike award. It may be one of the best all-round motorcycles ever produced by anyone. Personally, it’s the best motorcycle I’ve ever ridden. The unexpected win for today is that the Ducati Diavel–a bike that has only been available in the US for several weeks–has been selected as the best cruiser of the year.
While I’ve seen it, I haven’t gotten to ride it yet, but I don’t think it’s a “cruiser”. It’s definitely something, but, aside from seating position and fat rear tire, it’s not what comes to mind when I think of a cruiser.
But congrats to Ducati. These two bikes account for a hefty share of the 61% sales increase Ducati has achieved in the US over the last quarter.