Ahh, the age old question. People in garages all over the world have had engaged in this debate since garages existed.

We’ve seen a ton of interesting motorcycle released in the last year and are starting to make our way through riding all of them, which means we’re wrapping up a lot of first rides and beginning to work on our comparison testing. All of which begs the question, what’s in your dream garage?

Sean MacDonald - Associate Editor

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Sean's dream garage.Cycle World

2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF
I haven't ridden the new Honda or Suzuki literbikes yet but I have gotten to spend some decent time with Aprilia's RSV4 and, the more time I spend with it, the more it becomes my favorite in the segment. I love how the V4 makes power, fit well in the bike ergonomically, and am addicted to the sound it makes. I don't think I could live without track days, and there's just nothing else I enjoy riding more.

2017 Husqvarna FE 350
When it comes down to picking only four bikes I'd be stuck (it's "stuck" when you get to ride all of them, "get" when you're used to only having one) with for a year, my mind immediately jumps to the kinds of riding I would want to do. Trail riding has become a huge passion of mine, and the Husky 350 is the sweet spot for me between size and power. Plus it looks amazing.

2017 Triumph Street Scrambler
My first two choices make for pretty miserable daily riders, which means I need something fun for cruising into the office or going to meet up with friends. I was really torn here between this and the Triumph Bobber, but part of me thinks the ergos on the Bobber might be pretty uncomfortable riding the 40 miles of freeway or so up to LA (in traffic). Plus the Scrambler has a passenger seat for when Bradley and I go on romantic sunset cruises.

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R (or 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure)
Okay, so this one is cheating, but I love cheating so get over it. I think KTM has an adventure bike up their sleeve that's going to turn the whole segment on its head, and I think I'm really going to love it. The 1190 Adventure (non R) rode like a big supermoto to me, and I think the 800cc version will be perfect for taking me real far away, real fast. If you're gonna be sticklers about the whole thing (yay internet!), I'll take the 1090 Adventure as my "get outta Dodge" mobile.

Read more here and here.

Honorable mention
It feels weird to leave this bike off the list, but I went with four bikes over five so that this wouldn't be easy. If I could have a fifth, it would be the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto because it's maybe the most fun bike I've ever ridden. I'm seriously considering buying one. The only reason it didn't make my list was a) the scenario is made up and I get to ride other things, b) it doesn't add to the lists of things I can do on a motorcycle, and c) I prefer to keep my license.

Joe Gustafson - Contributing Editor

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Joe's dream garage.Cycle World

Ratted Suzuki SV650
Everybody from new riders to experienced track day enthusiasts love a used Suzuki SV650. For my first entry, I'm putting aside my snobbish pretensions and publicly saying I want a rashed SV650 for a trackday whip and commuter.

I will not be kind to it, and it will be very ugly, but everyone that has had one has raved about it, and they must be onto something.

2015 Husqvarna FE 350 S
Already have one, already in love with it, and starting to gel with the extra effort that dirt bike ownership demands. It's the ultimate versatile shenanigan machine. So far I've done trail riding, mud slinging, motocrossing, and urban enduro-ing. A supermoto wheel set is next, and more shenanigans. As I fall deeper down the dirty bike path, I don't think I'll outgrow this right-sized scamp for a long time coming.

My fiancé hates my “stupid dirt bike thing.” She wants everyone to know that.

Suzuki Bandit GS1200SS
Take the bones of the Suzuki Bandit and smash them with the looks of an '80s GSX-R endurance racer. That's the GS1200SS. It was also never sold here, which is a pity. It's thuggish and fast, and for my midnight Daikoku runs, nothing else will do. Plus, since older GSXR's are becoming rarer as they make their way from meth head dens to collectors' garages, I won't have to worry about ruining a future classic.

I’ll take mine with the Yoshimura-inspired livery, please.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
It's as stupid simple as motorcycles get: it's black, loud, and low. And I want one. I've ridden them stock, stroked, and uncorked, and every time the Low Rider S' mix of handling improvements, power and design changes over the stock Low Rider make it the most compelling out of the Harley-Davidson lineup. I could put a windshield and bags on it and head to the coast, head to the drag strip and run low 12's, or just cruise around soaking in the potatoe-potatoe warble on the way to work.

It’s motorcycling distilled, and reminds me that you don’t have to go 11/10ths to have fun.

Honorable mention
It's not out yet but the Duke 790 may be the ultimate silver-bullet of motorcycling. A bike that can pull double duty as a track bike and commuter with two-up capabilities- that doesn't look terrible (allegedly)? Sign me up.

Bradley Adams - Associate Editor

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Bradley's dream garage.Cycle World

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
I have this bad habit of taking motorcycles where they don't belong (see Grom story), which usually just means taking off down a dirt road regardless of what I'm on. I want to explore, and am not about to let whatever is beneath me keep me from an adventure. What I love about the Desert Sled is that it's everything I loved about the standard Scrambler (read: good around town, decent bike in the twisties) but doesn't feel completely out of place off-road. Actually, it's really good off-road.

So, with the Desert Sled I get a good around-town bike, but also one that will let me get silly whenever I see a trail off the side of the road. Plus, I just love the looks of the thing.

Honda Grom
I once took a buddy of mine out to the dry lake bed on a Grom. It was a horrible idea, and also one of the most fun days I've had on a motorcycle. I don't think we stopped laughing once.

There is something so amazing about just loading (err, carrying) a bike in to the back of the truck, throwing a helmet in and taking off to rip around with your friends. No ramps, no need for extra gas jugs. Just simple, easy fun. That’s what the Grom is all about. Added benefit: not having to give up my parking spot out in front of the house (they’re hard to come by) when I need to run to the store or over to a friend’s house.

Oh, this opens the doors to that that whole mini bike racing thing, too…

Yamaha YZF-R6
I might regret this one. I want a track bike, but after a few trackdays I'll probably get tired of 1000s blowing by me on the straights and having to work so hard to get by them.

I still like the idea, because A) the R6 is such a popular track bike that you’ll almost never have a problem finding spare parts B) that I’d burn through less tires on a 600 and save some money that way and C) the R6 is an absolute weapon on the track. Solid handling, great chassis feel, decent power, etc.

BMW S1000XR
I need a good bike for longer trips, and preferably one that I could put a lady-friend on the back of. It needs to be performance-oriented (because power), must be comfortable for her, and must have some storage room for a change of clothes.

One thing that frustrates me about riding two-up is being on a bike that isn’t balanced well or is just big enough that I don’t feel fully comfortable when I go to put my foot down at a stop and have a passenger moving around on the back. The S1000XR, for me, is a nice balance between big enough for longer rides and not so big that I always have to try and stay on top of it. Also, no big adventure tourer for this because I’ve got the Desert Sled for getting silly in the dirt. This is all about racking up bigger street miles on pavement, with the significant other.

Jeff Allen - Photographer

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Jeff's dream garageCycle World

"Each Moment of the Year Has Its Own Beauty." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which makes 4 bikes a perfect number to satisfy this rider and probably most others as well. My dream garage would be divided into four seasons.

Aprilia Tuono
Springtime and the Aprilia Tuono has me falling in love. The perfect combination of canyon carving blade and track day weapon. Throw a set of soft luggage on this missile and it's a perfect way to GET to the track day too.

BMW R 1200 GSA
Summertime and the livings easy. The BMW R 1200 GSA inspires me to grab a map, camping gear and get lost in the local SoCal Mountains. What's better than waking up on a cool mountain morning next to your favorite girl? Your bike that is.

Ural Patrol
Each Fall brings a fresh round of Autumn swell to the west coast shores. As a surfer the Ural Patrol offers all I could want in a "surf wagon". Extra space for my board, the optional large windscreen is a must to hide from cold Pacific wind and the cool factor is off the charts.

KTM 500 EXC-F
Winter is for Braaapp! And the KTM 500 EXC-F is the braaappiest of the braaappy. The desert after a fresh downpour, muddy single track in the foothills and secret hill climbs to snowy peaks. Do I need to explain any further? The 500 EXC turns the winter into an off-road wonderland.

Spenser Robert - Videographer

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Spenser's Dream GarageCycle World

Kawasaki Versys 650 LT (The Daily Driver)
In my dream garage, as well as every other garage on planet earth, there should be a Versys 650 LT. It handles brilliantly, goes 250 miles on a tank of gas, power wheelies in first gear, has some of the best factory luggage I've ever used on a motorcycle, and still costs less than $10,000. If that level of practicality isn't dream-worthy, then I don't know what is.

Triumph Street Triple RS (The Fun Machine)
From the high spec brakes and suspension, to the eye-popping TFT dash and iconic styling, everything on this bike looks and feels exactly as it should. It may not be a bloodthirsty, rage-fueled horsepower machine, but it delivers a level of performance and refinement that is far more useable (and thus, enjoyable) for a rider of my skill level.

KTM 1090 Adventure R (The "Dirt Bike")
I grew up in the desert of Arizona and was spoiled with the ability to ride a dirt bike right out of our garage. These days I'm stuck in the urban sprawl of Orange County and the nearest dirt bike trails are at least an hour away. So, taking into account my living situation, I'd probably opt for a 1090 Adventure as my dirt bike surrogate. Fast enough to get me to some dirt roads without breaking a sweat and capable enough to tackle any terrain I'm likely to encounter, the 1090 is exactly as much a dirt bike as I need these days.

R nineT Classic (The Vanity Cruiser)
Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for boxer engines, or maybe it's just to balance out the nerd factor of having a Versys 650 in my dream garage, but for my last spot I'm giving it up to the BMW R nineT Classic. It's expensive, heavy, and slow for a bike with 1200 cc's, but it also oozes with personality, is a blast to ride in the twisties, and is guaranteed to turn the head of every man, woman, and household pet that has an ounce of good taste.

You Said

I tweeted (don't follow me, most of my tweets are about the bachelor, tacos, or rap music) asking for your responses. Here's what you sent in:
@ObstacleJid - Husky 701 (supermoto?), Yamaha FZ-07, BMW S1000RR, Triumph Bobber
@ichibinCLOOOD - KTM EXC500, BMW R1200RT, 1290 Superduke, Yamaha R1
@GabrielVeasey - KTM 390 Adv (cheater, but I back it), Ducati SuperSport, Motus, Suzuki DR-Z400SM
@matttformica - Husky 701 Supermoto, BMW S1000XR, Yamaha WR250, Ducati SuperSport
@ahbilly - Honda CRF450R, Husky 701 (supermoto?), Ducati Multistrada, Honda Grom
@salpeejay - Yamaha FZ-07, Kawasaki Z900, Suzuki GSX-R1000, BMW R nineT
@solutionsarc - Triumph Daytona 675, Ducati 1299 Panigale, Aprilia RSV4, Triumph Bobber
@saySpiers - Husky 701 Supermoto, Yamaha FZ-09, Honda Africa Twin, Yamaha R6
@hazy3988 - Aprilia Tuono, BMW K1600GTL, KTM 1190 Adventure R, Honda NC700X w/DCT
@JEGA15 - BMW S1000RR, Yamaha WR 250, Ducati Multistrada, 70's Honda CB750
@bnjmn_1 - Ducati 899 Panigale, Ducati Hypermotard 939, BMW S1000RR, KTM 1290 Superduke
@ducatisarge - 2013 Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Street Triple RS, KTM Duke 690, Husqvarna FE 501
@justhenturnhair - four NOS Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk-I, one of them in blue
@sids911 - BMW HP4 Race, Triumph Thruxton R, Ducati Multistrada 939, Ducati SuperSport S
@adamarp - Triumph Tiger 800 XRT, KTM 790 Duke (cheater), Aprilia RSV4R, Indian Scout 60