2008-2009 IBOTY: Super Wheels, Italy

World journalists pick the International Bike of the Year 2008-2009.

2008-2009 IBOTY: Super Wheels, Italy

1. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Although the MV Agusta 1078RR and Ducati 1098R are very very fast and fascinating, our IBOTY 2008 is the new Honda CBR1000RR, deserving the first place on the podium for the great generational jump made. Today the Fireblade is finally and totally a pure supersport bike. Yes, it is also "harder" than in the past, so we have a real racer for very expert riders. But that's how we like motorcycling...

2. KTM RC8

A truly strong contender able to chase Ducati in the race for the title of Best Sport Twin. Perhaps the engine misses some high-rpm power, and not everyone likes KTM's angular design, but its perfect handling makes the RC8 an experience even more thrilling than the usual Italian rivals. It's enough for us.

3. Honda CB1000R

A sport-naked bike including all the features that make a motorcycle desirable. Exciting without being frightening. It's not been an easy choice for us, as the maxi naked Honda had to fight with the unexpectedly good BMW F650GS. But we like to run fast, so the Japanese bike and its 125 hp won the race.

KTM 990 Adventure

Ducati Monster M696

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Aprilia NA 850 Mana

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Yamaha YZF-R1

MV Agusta F4 1078 RR

Harley Davidson FXCW Rocker

Bimota DB7

Kawasaki Concours 14

BMW F 650 GS

Aprilia Shiver 750

Husaberg FE 450

Suzuki GSX-R1000

Yamaha YZF-R6

Second Place: Honda CB1000R

Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Fourth Place: Triumph Street Triple

Second Place: Honda CB1000R

Five Place: KTM RC8

Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

Five Place: KTM RC8

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Fourth Place: Triumph Street Triple

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Fourth Place: Triumph Street Triple

Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

Five Place: KTM RC8

Second Place: Honda CB1000R

Second Place: Honda CB1000R

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa

Second Place: Honda CB1000R

BMW F 800 GS

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade