Ten 2017 Motorcycles That Stand Out

The ten rest of our 2017 Ten Best Motorcycles

Not every bike has a Ten Best category, but, as ever, there are bikes that just need to be recognized for other outstanding reasons. So here's the Ten Rest of 2017.

2017 suzuki hayabusa on road action
Read more on the Suzuki HayabusaCourtesy of Suzuki

BEST FASTEST BIGGEST: Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa
The 20th anniversary of big 'Busa is coming. The 1998 press event for this '99 model is legendary for a day spent shredding Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, followed by a day of "street touring" on highways…at 185-plus mph! One of the greatest bikes of all time.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled static overhead view
Read more on the Ducati Scrambler Desert SledCourtesy of Ducati

BEST BIKES WE CAN'T COMPARE: Ducatis
Ducati USA decided this year it wouldn't supply testbikes for use in comparative evaluation, so when we asked for the sublime Scrambler Desert Sled or Monster 1200 S, for example, the company declined. We help readers understand relative merits of motorcycles primarily through comparisons, so if you don't show up for Ten Best testing, you can't win a Ten Best award.

Yamaha YZ250FX static side view
Read more on the Yamaha YZ250FXSean MacDonald

BEST ABUSED CLUTCH: Yamaha YZ250FX
A levitation-capable chassis mates with an engine that feels like you put a handle on dynamite. So fun, agile, and explosive, yet totally controllable. Genius on knobbies.

2017 Triumph Thruxton 1200 R studio side view
Read more on the Triumph Thruxton RCourtesy of Triumph

BEST "VINTAGE" SPORTBIKE: Triumph Thruxton R
There's a lot more café than racer in this segment. The Triumph Thruxton R is an exception. It's a fully sorted sportbike with a retro look and vintage feel but with high performance and fine components.

kawasaki z900 static side view
Read more on the Kawasaki Z900Jeff Allen

BEST REALLY NOT A MIDDLEWEIGHT: Kawasaki Z900
The Z900 shined in testing, topping other bikes in the affordable naked class. Its 948cc inline-four is too big even for our "big" Best Middleweight category (limit is 899cc). As a sporty daily rider, it's a joy.

motorcyclist standing behind the ural sidecar
Read more on the Ural sidecarJeff Allen

BEST WORST WAY TO TRAVEL FOR 32 HOURS NONSTOP: Ural Gear-Up
"The Unnecessary Express" was truly one of the great traveling experiences of my life—and I did it driving a van. You see, sidecars are so much fun you don't even have to be riding one to have a great time.

mercedes sprinter van next to ural sidecar motorcycle
Mercedes Sprinter VanJeff Allen

BEST NOT-A-SIDECAR TO DRIVE FOR 32 HOURS: Mercedes Sprinter Van
Range, comfort, good handling, and enough space for lots of people and even more gear, the Sprinter van we used to chase the Ural mentioned above was virtually flawless. All this and 26 mpg over a 1,400-mile trip.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 static 3/4 view
Read more on the Suzuki V-Strom 650Courtesy of Suzuki

BEST CHEAP ADVENTURER: Suzuki V-Strom 650
There are bargains in the adventure bike class, and the V-Strom 650 is one of the sweetest. In fact, we're currently outfitting one with a few choice accessories and heading for Death Valley and Panamint to explore.

honda crf250l rally off road action
Read more on the Honda CRF250L RallyCourtesy of Honda

Best Small Rally Bike: Honda CRF250L Rally
Okay, so you won't be dominating the Dakar Rally, but Honda's CRF250L Rally adds functional bodywork with a tall windscreen and longer-travel suspension to its standard 250 and hits a chord.

alta motors redshift mx off-road action
Read more on the Alta Motors Redshift MXJeff Allen

Best Way to Get a Charge Out of Riding: Alta Redshift MX
You wouldn't expect a San Francisco startup to build the best electric moto bike you can buy. And you wouldn't expect it to compete with gasoline 250s. But this is a fully legit dirt bike that happens to be electric.