Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

24 June 2014

South Africa: Pirelli Bike of the Year - the Countdown Is On

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Biking maniacs are a special breed, and it's time for them to get their judging pads out. The shortlist for the 2014 Pirelli Bike of the Year has just been announced.

The Pirelli Bike of the Year is closely contested by all manufacturers and vendors in the motorcycling sector, and the announcement of the winner at last years AMID (Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors) show in August drew a fair amount of excitement and attention.

Now, the list of bikes from which the winner of the 2014 Pirelli Bike of the Year title will be determined has been announced. From an initial list of 27 bikes, the sixteen judges were tasked with selecting eight bikes to contest the two-day shootout, which will take place at the end of July.

The bikes are: (in alphabetical order)

BMW R1200GS Adventure

BMW S1000R -

Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati Monster 1200

Kawasaki Z1000

KTM Super Duke 1290

Suzuki V-Strom

Yamaha MT-07

Yamaha MT-09

Spotted nine, you say? Quite right. Due to a dead heat in the selection process, an extra bike was included.

In order to qualify for consideration for this competition, the bikes have to be "all-new for 2014"...

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