With August just around the corner, we’re cutting to the apex as we prepare to launch our annual selections for what are the best in motorcycling. MO’s Best Of awards, or MOBOs, begin unveiling the first of August, which is typically the closest the moto industry gets to a bit of a lull period in new motorcycle product launches.

Motorcycle.com Best Of 2016

The previous 12 months saw the introduction of dozens of new and updated models as manufacturers look for ways to appeal to younger riders while maintaining relevance to the Boomers and Gen-Xers who continue to underpin the motorcycle industry. OEMs delivered most everything a consumer could imagine, from sub-400cc gems to the best sportbikes the world has ever seen, plus a passel of intriguing offerings in the cruiser, adventure, standard and retro markets.

As always, we begin the MOBOs with our choice for Best Product, which is followed the next day by Best Technology. After that begins the rollout of the motorcycles that have become our favorites in 12 categories that encompass what’s available in the moto world, including both a winner and an honorable mention. Each weekday will see the unveiling of a new category and its two leading players, culminating in the crowning of our 2017 Motorcycle of the Year award on August 21.

It’s been entertaining to watch as new bikes get announced and then ridden, leaving us to dissect and distill the crop into its superlative elements. Come along for the ride as we share our favorites!

History of the MOBOs:
Best Motorcycles of 2016
Best Motorcycles of 2015
Best Motorcycles of 2014
Best Motorcycles of 2013
Best Motorcycles of 2012
Best Motorcycles of 2011
Best Motorcycles of 2010
Best Motorcycles of 2009


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  • Old MOron

    Do you want us to deride your choices in their respective categories, or here in one central location? 🙂

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Typo: 2015 = 2016

  • SRMark

    You got ’em all wrong! Oops, you haven’t announced them yet. Never mind.

    • DickRuble

      You got the first part right.

  • Chris Weiler

    The Versys X300 better be in this one. Most complete and useful motorcycle I’ve ridden/owned. Light weight, cheap, cheap to own, 4.5 gallon tank, great mpg, and can tackle highway and light offroading duties. AND has a sportbike engine.

    • Jon Jones

      Yeah! What Chris said!

  • Vrooom

    First of all my 10 year old bike should have been the winner. Each and every year.

  • Old MOron

    “MO’s Best Of awards, or MOBOs, begin unveiling the first of August…”

    I want my MOtv, damnit. It’s after 3 PM on the west coast. What’s the Best Product of 2017, already?

  • Buzz

    If you don’t pick the 1997 Kawasaki Concours, I’m gonna be pi$$ed.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    MOTY link is broken.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Not.