’s Best Of (MOBO) award season is finally here! In a typical year, this would have happened a while ago, just before the motorcycle show season began, and now, we’d be in the thick of the new model introduction season, delivering you our first impressions of the new motorcycles scheduled for release in 2021. However, we don’t have to tell you that 2020 is an unusual year. In response to the unique nature of this model year, we decided to push back our MOBO celebration to fill part of the gap left by the lack of new model introductions. Now, just in time for the end of the calendar year, we’re going to wrap up the 2020 riding season in the best way possible – before diving headlong into the 2021 season.

So, while the 2021 season is just a twinkle in a rider’s eye, we will pause to reflect on what has occurred in the motorcycling world in 2020. As is tradition, we gathered the MO staff – this year in a socially-distanced video conference (oh wait, we do that every year!) – to hash out what our choices were for ten categories of motorcycles. You may notice a couple of categories are missing this year, cutting the festivities down to an even 10 days. This is because, in classes like Best Touring Motorcycle, there were essentially no changes. However, we will bring them back when something changes. What you can expect over those days is that we’ll reveal our MOBOs and the runner-ups, culminating with the Motorcycle of the Year. Some of these choices you are sure to love and agree with. Others, not so much. That’s the way of award selections. Best Of 2019 Best Of 2018 Best Of 2017 Best Of 2016

This year we had big fun on both large- and small-displacement motorcycles, and you’ll see them well represented here. Adventure touring is still going strong, particularly in the middleweight segment, but the lightweight segment also received some love. Big dollar bikes and penny pinchers were considered. Our requirements for eligibility are pretty straightforward: MO must have tested the bike during the model year, and the bike must be available to the public at the time of publication.

We’ll begin Monday with the MOBO for Best Technology and follow on Tuesday with the Best Lightweight. Every weekday thereafter, we’ll unveil a new winner plus the runner-up. The celebration will come to a conclusion on December 18th with the announcement of the 2020 Motorcycle of the Year. Just in time for the Holidays!

Grab your riding gear. Let the festivities begin.

Best Technology of 2020 Best Cruiser / Bagger of 2020
Best Standard Motorcycle of 2020 Best Value Motorcycle of 2020 Best of Adventure Motorcycle 2020
Best Naked Motorcycle of 2020 Best Sport-Touring Motorcycle of 2020 Best Sportbike of 2020
2020 Motorcycle of the Year

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