Article: 20110901040

Title: HONORABLE MENTIONS:

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HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Honda CBR250R
Suzuki GSX-R750
Triumph Thunderbird Storm 1700
BMW S1000RR
KTM 350SX
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Leave it to the Red Giant, Honda, to roll out a low-priced, smalldisplacement motorcycle so charming and fun as to defy its cost and size. Better still, CBR250Rs (with or without ABS) are selling fast and bringing smiles to riders new and old. If there were a Best 250cc Streetbike, this would be it. .Like a man without a country, the Suzuki GSX-R750 “classic" superbike doesn’t have a world-level racing class. This year's return to its lightweight roots has brought new life to the only 750cc sportbike you can buy, and it remains one of thebest-balanced, most-rewarding sporting motorcycles on the market. Okay, so the two-year-winning Best Cruiser T-bird couldn’t run with the devil this year, but the blacked-out, punched-out, twin-headlight Storm version came pretty damn close with its great-handling, laidback cruiser chassis and increased engine performance. If it weren’t for the sheer tenacity and technical accomplishment of a certain American bike maker named Erik Buell, Germany would have won the Superbike War in 2011. And, frankly, when absolutely nothing else will do but superior firepower, there’s still no place to turn but this 180-horsepower BMW. KTM builds dirtbikes of every flavor, none perhaps as sweet as the 350SX. It was a bold move to go head-to-head with 450s, but one that paid off with many race wins. The extra effort required by its smaller engine made it more of an expert’s bike when the gate dropped, but if you’ve got the skills, KTM’s got your bike.
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HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Honda CBR250R

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PHOTO BY BRIAN BLADES
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Leave it to the Red Giant, Honda, to roll out a low-priced, smalldisplacement motorcycle so charming and fun as to defy its cost and size. Better still, CBR250Rs (with or without ABS) are selling fast and bringing smiles to riders new and old. If there were a Best 250cc Streetbike, this would be it.

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Suzuki GSX-R750

.Like a man without a country, the Suzuki GSX-R750 “classic" superbike doesn’t have a world-level racing class. This year's return to its lightweight roots has brought new life to the only 750cc sportbike you can buy, and it remains one of thebest-balanced, most-rewarding sporting motorcycles on the market.

Triumph Thunderbird Storm 1700_

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Okay, so the two-year-winning Best Cruiser T-bird couldn’t run with the devil this year, but the blacked-out, punched-out, twin-headlight Storm version came pretty damn close with its great-handling, laidback cruiser chassis and increased engine performance.

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BMW S1000RR

If it weren’t for the sheer tenacity and technical accomplishment of a certain American bike maker named Erik Buell, Germany would have won the Superbike War in 2011. And, frankly, when absolutely nothing else will do but superior firepower, there’s still no place to turn but this 180-horsepower BMW.

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PHOTO BY JEFF ALLEN
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KTM 350SX

KTM builds dirtbikes of every flavor, none perhaps as sweet as the 350SX. It was a bold move to go head-to-head with 450s, but one that paid off with many race wins. The extra effort required by its smaller engine made it more of an expert’s bike when the gate dropped, but if you’ve got the skills, KTM’s got your bike.