In the field of Standard motorcycles on the market today, there’s quite an impressive field to choose from. For our 2015 Reader’s Choice awards, we gave you six: the BMW R NineT, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW S1000R, Honda CB500F, and two Yamaha siblings – the FZ-09 and FZ-07. Stiff competition indeed, but with 24.4% of the votes, you, our readers, picked the Triumph Street Triple R the winner. It was a close fight, as MO’s pick for top Standard, the R NineT, was hot on the Triumph’s heels with 22.2% of the votes. The BMW S1000R came third, with 20.0% of the votes. Maybe more surprising was the last-place finisher. Despite earning runner-up status for Bike of the Year amongst the MO staff, the Yamaha FZ-07 was stuck in the single digits, with only 7.9% of you giving it the nod.
We can’t say we blame you for picking the Street Triple R. In fact, we gave the STR our 2009 Bike of the Year honors. What’s not to love? Its 675cc Triple never fails to get our hearts pumping, and the sound it emits is a symphony for the ears. Its taut suspension and chassis package is one we wouldn’t hesitate to take to a track, and its radial-mount brakes leave nothing to be desired. We love this bike, and apparently so do you.