Yet another year of riding has come and gone, the promise of good weather and trackdays spent with buddies replaced by the threat of rain, snow, and “quality time” with the in-laws. Before we officially say goodbye to 2015, however, we wanted to take a look back at the year and the motorcycles that, for us, made it what it was. Twenty-fifteen was labeled early on as the “Year of the Sportbike ,” and there certainly were a handful of motorcycles that helped make that at least partially true.
Among the bikes that we had the chance to ride in 2015, what were our favorites, and why did they stand out? Scroll down to find out.
8) Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Photo By Kevin Wing
You’d have had to been living under a rock in late 2014 and early 2015 to not hear about Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 and its 300-horsepower H2R big brother. Hell, by the time Kawasaki finished releasing its 23 (!) teaser videos for the bike, even our car-loving friends were talking about it.
And that got us thinking: “Why don’t we set up a race against the H2R and some high-dollar supercars?”
Well, after countless emails to Kawi’s media team and a box of chocolates large enough to threaten André the Giant himself with diabetes, the boys in green finally agreed to let us go through with the plan, and with the help of a friend at Super Street Magazine, we were able to arrange for some half-mile, rolling start races against a McLaren MP4-12C, Bugatti Veyron, and heavily modified Nissan GTR built by SP Engineering.
The resulting test made for one of our favorite days at the office, some ultra-successful videos that continue to …read more