2008-2009 IBOTY: KicXstart, The Netherlands

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

2008-2009 IBOTY: KicXstart, The Netherlands

1. Honda CB1000R

Stunning looks, brilliant handling, smooth but very fierce performance and bulletproof reliability for a real-world price. The CB1000R is a model that shows it must have been developed by a team that really loves their jobs. The ABS version highly recommended!

2. KTM RC8

KTM and designer Kiska managed to keep the design of their superbike very close to the concept prototype that amazed the world a few years ago. Innovative both in styling and ergonomics. The V-Twin can be a bit sudden on the throttle and the gearbox is quite harsh. But the performance of the compact 1148cc engine is strong and well-balanced. Stability and handling are near-perfect. With the adjustability of the riding position, KTM leads the way for all the other supersports manufacturers.

3. Aprilia NA 850 Mana

Again an innovative concept, very well executed. With the Mana, Aprilia succeeded in combining strong points of a motorscooter with strong points of a motorcycle. The results is a motorcycle (!) that is comfortable, practical and incredibly easy to use. The automatic transmission is very convincing. A brave step by Aprilia that deserves admiration. Will conventional "shifting gears" become a thing of the past? After riding the Mana, you might surprise yourself with your answer...

KTM 990 Adventure

Ducati Monster M696

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, 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

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Second Place: Honda CB1000R

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Second Place: Honda CB1000R

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Five Place: KTM RC8

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place:Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Five Place: KTM RC8

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Third Place: Ducati Desmosedici RR

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Five Place: KTM RC8

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Second Place: Honda CB1000R

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Second Place: Honda CB1000R

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, Second Place: Honda CB1000R

BMW F 800 GS

2008-2009 International Bike of the Year, First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade