Ten Best Bikes 2013

Our annual list continues to honor those who build the best.

Ten Best Bikes 2013
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Deep in our hearts, most of us know that we’d ride just about anything as long as we got to ride. It’s just part of being an enthusiast. But we also know that in the great competition of motorcycling, we all strive for the best, whether it’s how we ride or what we ride. The same goes for the passionate people who build motorcycles for us. This year has been fantastic, offering everything from technology-pushing superbikes and touring machines to the coolest cruisers and low-cost fun bikes. And all that rolls in between.

While there may be fewer models than were offered in some of the peak years before the Great Economic Highside of 2008-09, we have a more diverse market than ever. Inexpensive bikes to get new riders into riding have blossomed in a way we haven’t seen in decades. And at the high end, well, never has there been a time when electronics, technical improvements and overall design progress have brought more to the people, allowing us to ride faster, safer and farther.

Which is what we’ve spent the last year doing to help us determine the Ten Best Bikes of 2013. Final thought? Life on two wheels is better than ever.

Best Cruiser: Moto Guzzi California 1400

BEST CRUISER: Moto Guzzi California 1400
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Best Dual-Sport/Enduro: KTM 500 EXC Street Legal Dirt Bike

KTM 500 EXC Street Legal Dirt Bike
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Best Standard: Honda CB1100

BEST STANDARD: Honda CB1100
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Best Open-Class Streetbike: Kawasaki ZX-14R

BEST OPEN-CLASS STREETBIKE: Kawasaki ZX-14R
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Best Sport-Touring Bike: BMW K1600GT

BEST SPORT-TOURING BIKE: BMW K1600GT
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Best Motocrosser: Kawasaki KX450F

BEST MOTOCROSSER: Kawasaki KX450F
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Best Touring: BMW K1600GTL

BEST TOURING: BMW K1600GTL
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Best Middleweight Streetbike: Ducati Streetfighter 848

BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT STREETBIKE: Ducati Streetfighter 848
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Best Superbike: BMW HP4

BEST SUPERBIKE: BMW HP4
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Best Adventure Bike: BMW R1200GS

BEST ADVENTURE BIKE: BMW R1200GS
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