Each year around this time the MO staff gathers to contemplate the new breed of tasty two-wheelers coming our way. This is also when each editor begins positioning himself for a particular press launch. Last year, Preemptive Editor, Troy Siahaan made it abundantly clear that only an act of God would keep him from the R1 launch. This year he’s communicated the same thing about the new Suzuki SV650, a bike that, democratically, didn’t even make this list (Ouch. -TS).
As good as last year was (R1, H2, Super Adventure, 1299 Panigale, Tuono 1100), 2016 is shaping up to be equally exciting. From a small-displacement beginner bike via a company unknown for producing such models, to a performance cruiser, a flagship superbike, a more comfortable version of our 2014 Bike of the Year, and a few concepts we’re betting will be rideable production versions before year’s end, the MO anticipation meter is topping out. So here, in alphabetical order, are the 2016 motorcycles we’re most erect to ride.