2008-2009 IBOTY: Moto Magazine Israel, Israel

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

2008-2009 IBOTY: Moto Magazine Israel, Israel

1. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

For the past 12 years, Fireblades had to constantly apologize, saying the street is not a racetrack, safety and durability comes first (excitement not even second...), and please don't forget, no other sportbike retains that "click" of the rear footpegs folding up after 100,000 km. Well, we were happy to discover the all-new 'Blade has nothing to apologize for. It's a full-power liter engine in a bike that is the lightest in the class, offering the best power-to-weight ratio among all production bikes. In spite of the potent engine, the dimensions are tiny, handling is 600cc heaven, brakes are brilliant. This CBR won the '08 MasterBike track test—and still retains that "click" of the rear foot-pegs...

2. Kawasaki Ninja 250R

These are economy-agony times, and no major motorcycle manufacturer was prepared for it better than Kawasaki. As early as 2006 it came up with the 650cc budget-Twins (Ninja, ER, Versys), followed by the all-new 2008 Ninja 250. This mini green machine offers gorgeous looks and charisma for the price of a 250 scooter, great thrills and great gas mileage, and is by no means for entry-level only—a good, experienced rider will enjoy himself immensely on it. As far as value for the money, it's one of the best Japanese answers so far to the growing threat of the Chinese/Koreans.

3. Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker

Under attack in recent years by dozens of cruisers—foreign, domestic and catalog one-offs—Harley launched a great response in 2008, the Rocker. This is a production Softail that you could swear came from Jesse James/Orange County Choppers.

KTM 990 Adventure

Ducati Monster M696

Aprilia NA 850 Mana

First Place: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Yamaha YZF-R1

MV Agusta F4 1078 RR

Harley Davidson FXCW Rocker

Bimota DB7

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