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2013-08-08 14:31

TOP BIKE IN SA: BMW’s R1200GS is crowned the 2013 South African Bike of the Year. Image: BMW

Wheels24’s resident biking guru DAVE FALL was a judge in the South African Bike of the Year back in July 2013 and shared his views with you.

Now, at last, we have the result...

According to The Bike Show: "All the importers nominate 2013 model -ear bikes they think should be included in the competition. The bikes have to be new-for-2013 models and cannot have been around for a few years and still available in 2013.

"All bikes must be road-legal, no hard-core off-road bikes."


Judges were told to vote for their top six bikes over a two-day test in Gauteng. Judges tested the cream of South Africa’s biking crop at Midvaal Raceway as well as on the open road for 10km loops from the Vaal dam to Magalies.

And the winner of the 2013 South African Bike of the Year is… the BMW R1200GS. Second place went to the KTM 1190 Adventure and third to the Triumph Daytona E675R.

According to the organisers: “While it may seem unfair to try to compare a KTM 1190 Adventure with a Triumph Daytona 675R and a Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, each bike was rated on its own merits and against previous versions of that bike and not against any other bike in the competition.”

Here are SA's top six bikes: All bikes can be viewed in our image gallery

1 BMW R1200 GS
2 KTM 1190
3 Triumph Daytona 675
4 MV Agusta Brutale 800
5 Kawasaki Z800
6 Moto Guzzi California 1400

And the rest (in no particular order)

Victory ‘Boardwalk’
Yamaha 600 Diversion
Suzuki Inazuma 250
Hyosung 650R
Aprilia Caponord
Yamaha FJR
Honda NC700X auto
Triumph Trophy 
Benelli Sports

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