In the late 1970s, an editor at Cycle World bought a certain Japanese superbike and was going to leave it in the crate because there is no way they are ever going to get faster than this! We're glad to report he was wrong. In fact, magazine types have been saying these kinds of things since the dawn of testing. But inevitably motorcycles get smoother, more powerful, better handling, cooler, and more "right" for what enthusiasts want to do with them. This year's Ten Best haul is a testament to that pursuit of excellence.