Best of 2022

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

The most impressive motorcycles from a great year’s Best Of (MOBO) award season is finally here again! As has been our recent tradition, we use the MOBOs to begin our December wrap-up of the 2022 model year before we jump into the new model introduction season. Although EICMA was only a couple of weeks ago, and the bulk of the 2022 motorcycle models have been announced, the 2022 model year isn’t officially over until we wrap up our awards!

Once again, the staff gathered over multiple video conferences to work our way through the bounty of motorcycles that we were privileged to test during the model year. Remarkably, there were fewer disagreements over nominees than there have been in previous years. We still had a few disputes to settle, but in the end, our choices were unanimous. Best Of 2021 Best Of 2020 Best Of 2019 Best Of 2018 Best Of 2017 Best Of 2016 This year, in a break from the MO tradition of more-is-more comparisons, we devoted much of our testing to two-bike shootouts as part of our Showdowns video series;all while testing individual bikes and attending new model introductions. As always, we attempt to bring our beloved MOrons the most varied motorcycle content available. Our testing year started with an adventure-touring shootout and ended with a sport-touring one. In between, we looked at everything from EV scooters to the hardest-nosed sportbikes to everything in between.

Our requirements for MOBO 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. Naturally, that leaves a couple of strong contenders for next year, already. Case-in-point? The anticipated Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S and the Energica Experia, which will arrive in showrooms early next year.

We’re starting on Monday, November 28, with the MOBO for Best Electric Motorcycle, followed 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 9th with the announcement of the 2022 Motorcycle of the Year.

Go ahead, throw another log on the fire and settle in for one of our holiday season favourite activities.

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Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • 12er 12er on Dec 02, 2022

    Where'd the standard page go?

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    • Denchung Denchung on Dec 02, 2022

      Our apologies. We experienced a site issue and had to revert to a backup of the site, which unfortunately was from before our Best Standard post was published. I'm working to recreate the post now, and it should be up shortly. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be able to connect the comment thread to the new post. That sucks, as there were some good discussions there.

      Today's MOBO for Best Value will still go live today, but it will be a bit later than usual because of this.

  • Old MOron Old MOron on Dec 02, 2022

    Okay, the World Cup's morning matches are ended.
    I come here to learn the MOrnonic pick for Best Value Motorcycle.