By John Burns
It’s all relative. How good or bad a thing is all depends on the competition, doesn’t it – a thing that’s kept us employed and entertained for more than a few years now. Competition is good for business; MO comparison tests usually always draw in more eyeballs than single-bike reviews. In a perfect world, we’d gather up all five or six contenders in a given class for a week-long flog over hill and dale and racetrack. But in the real world of today, well shoot – it looks like our Top Five most-read comparisons of 2020 are only two bikes each.
#5: BMW F900R vs Kawasaki Z900
Our fifth most clicked-on comparo of 2020 was this Troy Siahaan screed, in which we pitted the all-new bargain BMW twin against Kawasaki‘s super-popular and improved-for-2020 naked Z900. In fact, BMW made it easy for us by coming right out and saying it was the Z that the new $9,000 F900R was gunning for, and so the battle was joined. Troy was a bigger fan of the BMW. I, JB, much preferred the much faster and smoother-running Z900.
In a knock-down, drag-out battle of two MOrons locked in a highly skilled ballet of high-speed passive aggression, this strangely scorecard-free comparo results in kind of a draw. Until you read the comments following both the written test and the Youtube vid, anyway, where a clear winner emerges. Note please, also, the Standard Motorcycle Runner-Up of 2020. (It ain’t the BMW.)
#4 BLOWHARDS! Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo vs Kawasaki H2 Carbon
Some people are saying, and we don’t know if it’s true, that Kawasaki built the H2 Carbon mainly to confuse the MO staff: Would we be able to come up with anything …read more