4. BMW S1000RR In much the same way the K1600 injected new life in the sport-touring category, the BMW S1000RR shook up the sportbike wars. Finally, a proper sportbike from BMW to challenge the Japanese at their own game. And it won in its first year. On paper, the S1000RR doesn’t seem too special, with […]
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4. Piaggio MP3 500i.e.
Call it blasphemous if you want, but we’re including a scooter on this list. Not just any scooter though, but the Piaggio MP3 500i.e. Yes it has three wheels and looks like it’s fresh off the set of Mad Max, but the 500cc Thumper is rather stout for a scooter. And, most impressively, this three-wheeler leans!
It turns heads wherever it goes, but it’s also surprisingly capable in the twisty stuff — the two front wheels provide a ton of confidence to lean’er over in turns. The MP3 is enjoyable even for sportbike riders and deserves accolades for its distinctive engineering. It’s a fun scoot, no doubt, but the clincher is its practicality. As Fonzie points out in the video, “You can fit 15 Stone Arrogant Bastards in here!”