After many years of performing VIP escorts with the Tshwane Metro Police I have relied on my work's BMW GS. It was not a "poer-poer"* to use from A to B.I've ridden the new BMW 1200 GS and I'm glad to see nothing has changed. It's comfortable and has more than enough power to get you out of trouble when it's needed. Its performance and brakes are incredible. BMW is known for its reliability and some dealers, such as Bavarian Motorcycles in Pretoria, offer excellent after sales service. PEACE OF MINDAfter all, when you buy a bike, which is an enormous investment, you must take all this into consideration and you must have peace of mind that this bike can take you anywhere. The “Long Way Down” with actor Ewan McGregor, is a prime example of the BMW 1200 GS's performance and what it had to go through on its journey to Cape Town. What other bike can boast a similar achievement? Almost none of them. I just wish I could get one for myself now that I've been relegated to the office but finance, finance and finance....My vote for the 2014 SA Bike of the Year definitely goes to the BMW GS. Without a doubt, it's the best yet.*To move at a snail's paceSA BIKE OF THE YEARThe 2014 Amid motorcycle show, scheduled for the Nasrec expo centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng (August 8-10) will once again host the announcement of the 2014 South African Bike of the Year.The 2014 competition will essentially follow the same format as the 2013 inaugural event though the number of finalists has been reduced from 16 to nine. Here's the list of 2014 BotY finalists: • BMW S1000R • BMW R1200GS Adventure • Ducati 899 Panigale • Ducati Monster 1200 • Kawasaki Z1000 • KTM 1290 Super Duke • Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom • Yamaha MT-09 • Yamaha MT-07VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITEWheels24's DRIES VAN DER WALT will take you along on the journey to the August announcement. Over the next few weeks we will bring you reviews of as many of the finalists as are available for us to test, starting with our review of the the Suzuki DL1000 VStrom - a machine already covered at launch by Wheels24 - and the KTM 1290 Super Duke.We’re interested in your opinion, so read the reviews (more will appear over coming weeks) and launch reports, pick your own favourites,let us know which bike you think will win the coveted award, and what you think sets it apart from the rest.You, just like the actual judges, have a vote too!Which bike do you think should win the 2014 SA Bike of the Year award? Email us and we’ll publish your thoughts on Wheels24. Vote for your favourite in our homepage voting booth!You could be one of three email entrants to win one of three R500 shopping vouchers - just for voting!