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2014 SA Bike of the Year: Readers' choice

2014-08-08 13:01

SA BIKE OF THE YEAR: Although KTM’s 1290 Super Duke (pictured here) is the official 2014 SA Bike of the Year, Wheels24 readers voted unanimously for the BMW’s R1200GS Adventure to claim the title. Image: Wheels24/ DRIES VAN DER WALT

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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke took the honours in the the 2014 Pirelli SA Bike of the Year award, with S1000R and R 1200 GS Adventure as the runners-up.

DRIES VAN DER WALT

JOHANNESBURG -  KTM’s 1290 Super Duke took the honours in the the 2014 Pirelli SA Bike of the Year award, with the BMW S1000R and R 1200 GS Adventure as the runners-up. The winners were announced on Friday 8 August at a media breakfast at the opening of the 2014 Amid Motorcycle Show held at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Like 2013, the competition was once again very close, with the S1000R actually being more judges’ first choice but the KTM winning on overall score.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 SA Bike of the Year

The award was the culmination of a process facilitated by Harry Fisher and Mat Durrans, the presenters of DSTV’s The Bike Show.

NINE FINALISTS

Motorcycle manufacturers and importers were asked to nominated new-for-2014 models, from which nine finalists were chosen by the panel of judges.

Click here for Wheels24 bike correspondent DRIES VAN DER WALT's full report.

BIKE OF THE YEAR: READERS' POLL

Wheels24 ran its own readers' poll and which garnered 2425 votes. The BMW R1200GS Adventurer was the unanimous winner with 1056 votes.

In second place was the official SA Bike of the Year winner, KTM's 1290 Super Duke with 298 votes, followed by Ducati's 899 Panigale (233) and BMW's S1000R (243) in third and fourth respectively.

Here's how Wheels24 readers voted:
1 BMW R1200GS Adventure - 1056 votes
2 KTM 1290 Super Duke - 298 votes
3 Ducati 899 Panigale - 233 votes
4 BMW S1000R - 243 votes
5 Ducati Monster 1200 - 163 votes
6 Suzuki V-Strom - 163 votes
7 Kawasaki Z1000 - 121 votes
8 Yamaha MT-09 - 80 votes
9 Yamaha MT-07 - 68 votes

BIKE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Our 2014 Bike of the Year competition has garnered 2415 entries. And the winners are...

Ilana Buitendag, Pietermaritzburg
Paddy Rogan, Vereeniging
Gavin Devereux, Benoni

Each receives a R500 shopping voucher!

Do you agree/disagree with KTM’s 1290 Super Duke winning the 2014 SA Bike of the Year? Email usand we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24!
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