2. Honda Gold Wing Vs. BMW K1200 LT


For number two on this list we journey all the way back to the turn of the century. In 2000, Honda’s Gold Wing had yet to be upgraded from the 1520cc flat six-cylinder to its current 1832cc displacement, and the K1200LT was the new pinnacle in BMW’s touring arsenal (the inline six-cylinder K1600GTL not even a pipedream at this point in time). These motorcycles were crusaders of electronics we consider obligatory nowadays, such as antilock brakes and cruise control. Interestingly, the Beemer was fuel-injected while the big Honda remained carbureted, fed by a single carburetor for each bank of three cylinders.

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  • Old MOron

    What?! I demand a recount!

    There is no way that the 2004 Open Class Shootout cannot be number one, never mind not even being in the top ten.

    Check your figures, Blondie. This is MO’s best shootout, ever.


    • Well, perhaps there was a bit of fibbing in this story. Everything was changed-over to new servers in 2007, so anything older than that is just counting views since ’07. It is likely that that ’04 shootout would have ranked higher if we had its previously accumulated ’04, ’05, and ’06 traffic included. That said, in the last seven years, this list does indeed reflect the most read shootout over the last seven years. I won’t be too offended if our old work doesn’t get full credit, I mean seven years really is a long time.

      • Glenn Lutic

        A long time? You must be 22 years old or something?!!

        • Close enough, I’m pretty immature for a 45 year old 🙂

  • And no mention of CrAshley. How could you?

  • Buzz

    I think the Sport Touring shootout needs to be on the list. We rode from Torrance to Reno arriving late at night. We then headed down to take a top to bottom cruise through Yosemite.

    We proceeded to get pulled over for speeding and got tickets for speeding, no insurance and conducting business in a National Park without a permit. We got tossed out of the park.

    Fun stuff!

  • jtm45

    well I was hoping to see the ‘Cows” from the 70’s like the Z1,and the 2 most famous 2 cycle triples the 500 Mach III and the 750 triple.I would buy them all today if I could.