Usually when we have a shootout here at Motorcycle.com, the participants are somewhat defined for us. First, we choose a class of motorcycle, and then, we put the latest versions of those bikes in a head-to-head-competition. This time we’re doing something a little different. Each MO editor chose whatever bike they wanted to ride to Monterey, CA, for the U.S. round of World Superbike. The only caveat would be that the bike had to be capable of participating in the annual Pirelli Track Day that takes place the day after the races finish at Laguna Seca. Okay, there was one other rule that I tried to enforce, but the one editor just couldn’t bring himself to choose a bike that had OEM bags available for it.
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The selection of bikes covers a displacement range from 798cc to 1077cc, and surprisingly, all of them hail from the eastern side of the Atlantic. Only one came with saddlebags standard, and yes, one had no factory bags available at all. Two were Twins (one of the V variety, the other parallel), one was a Triple, one was an inline-Four, and one was a V-Four. All of them had up and down quickshifters, though one didn’t require that the clutch be used at all.
Displacement ranged from 1077 in the form of the Tuono.
So, without further ado, here are the five bikes, their price as tested, and the rider that selected it: