New Honda Fireblade is one of the most powerful contenders in this year’s contest.
Johannesburg - Sixteen motorcycles have been selected as finalists for the 2017 South African Pirelli Bike of the Year competition.

The judges, comprising motorcycling journalists from all over South Africa including this publication’s motoring editor Denis Droppa, will test-ride the bikes and announce a winner in Gauteng early next month.

This year’s line up comprises a diverse mix of motorcycles including sports bikes, commuters, adventure bikes, cruisers and cafe racers, with prices ranging from R62 990 all the way to R241 990.

The reigning SA Bike of the Year in the prestigious annual competition is the Triumph Thruxton R, a 1200cc retro-styled café racer. The event is organised by Harry Fisher and Mat Durrans of the Bike Show.

The 2017 finalists are:

BMW G310R (R62 990)

BMW GS 1200 Rallye (R241 990)

Ducati Multistrada 950 (R180 000)

Ducati Supersport (R169 000)

Harley Davidson 750 Street Rod (R115 000)

Honda Fireblade (R240 000)

Indian Scout 60 (R149 900)

Kawasaki Z900 (R135 995)

Kawasaki Z1000SX (R155 995)

Kawasaki Versys 300 (R74 995)

KTM 1090 Adventure R (R181 999)

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R (R214 999)

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (R239 900)

Suzuki SV650 (R98 500)

Triumph Street Scrambler (R139 500)

Yamaha R6 (R189 950)