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John Westlake  says:

Which manufacturer has the best bike range?

In next week's MCN, technical expert Kevin Ash discusses how Kawasaki has methodically rejuvenated its range of bikes, so that it now has an impressive model in almost every category. Find a Kawasaki for sale So if you were to rate each of the major manufacturers' ranges, who would come out top? Here's a quick summary of how they stack up...

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Apr 08

Posts: 295

forklift says:

What bike to replace with...



Try the BKing, WoW...

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Jan 09

Posts: 96

Rowdygimly says:

Does it matter ?

Why does it matter,you buy the bike you like or suits your needs why should it it be manufacturer specific?

I buy what I like and that bike does what I need it to do,I dont care what manufacturer it is.




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Mar 07

Posts: 1464

joeslow says:

The best range?

Well speaking as a long time Yamaha fan..

My vote is:

Joint 1st: Kawasaki and Triumph.

2nd: Suzuki

3rd: Honda

4th Yamaha

5th Ducati

6th BMW


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May 06

Posts: 89

Kescheng says:


Well they all generally have something good. Honda clearly covers all the categories - but that does not make a great range does it? Most of their bikes are instantly forgettable. Yamaha have lost it big time with huge unjustified prices and generally not great bikes. The big surprise over the last few years is just how good and how well Kawasaki have done. However at the moment I think for all round interest, price and innovation then it has to be a European marque. For me that's the toss up between BMW and Triumph and as much as I hate to say it I think that BMW have more bases covered with generally better or equal products. If Triumph were to make a decent superbike then they would get my vote, however with such a large omission I have to go BMW.

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Feb 09

Posts: 541

jon66 says:

havent a clue

im lost i never seem to know what is best range , reviews are so varied , and if i look personally at what manufacturer has most suited to my needs and i like looks etc best i end up thinkin - what the hell  . so guess my input dont count for much . one thing i always look at now is as an all year round commuter im looking for an economical bike that has enough power but dont need to be a flyin machine and not too many bikes meet those needs now , especially as cars MPG is gettin so much better , yet bikes arent :blink:

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Mar 10

Posts: 13

toshibaz says:


DL 1000 v-strom....isnt it in line with Varadero and Multistada?

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Mar 09

Posts: 77

tomlloydy says:

Ducati 1198

Isn't in the top three superbikes? and the ER 6n is considered better than the hornet?

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Oct 10

Posts: 5

dm1992 says:


What about scooters and supermotos? And not forgetting aprilia!!! RSV4, Tuono, Dorso and the RS125 to name a few.

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Mar 05

Posts: 66

Darowyn says:

Count them!

Most have five red entries, Kawasaki have seven.  So according to MCN, Kawasaki are best.

You answer your own question.



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Oct 10

Posts: 189

zoobaz says:

Kwak er6n

hi Tomlloydy,

i'd say the kwak er6n is a better bike than the hornet because the Honda WILL break down.

it's obvious to anyone who's ridden a Honda recently that Honda are currently investing in a programme to increase their proffits (or stay profitable) by reducing quality / materials / finish etc. Kwak are not.

take the ZX10R recall recently, Kwak stood up and acknowledged there was an issue and fixed it.  Honda wouldn't have bothered. Remember the VFR gearbox issues over the last 15 years? Honda should have recalled them all but made the decision to try and cover it up. well they couldn't cover it up with dissatisfied owners could they?

Therefore even though the Hornet may be quicker and may handle slightly better, the Kwak is in my opinion a better bike.

but really, what does the range offered by a manufacturer matter when choosing a bike? i wouldn't buy a sportsbike from one particular manufacturer because they also offered a good cruiser and big trailee too.. or am I missing something?


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