Top 10s

Visordown readers' top 10 motorcycles

We've had a look at your reviews and ratings, and then we've done the maths. Here are your top 10 most highly-rated motorcycles on Visordown

HERE are your 10 most highly-rated motorcycles on Visordown, as voted for by you.

We've taken all the motorcycles from our huge database with three reviews or more, then averaged out owners' detailed ratings on the engine, brakes, handling, comfort and build to bring you the consumer's top 10. The higher the score, the more highly rated the bike.

Remember, this list is created using your reviews and ratings.

10. Aprilia Tuono V4R: 4.39 out of 5

The new Tuono V4R has had multiple revisions for 2014 and now comes fitted with ABS as standard. The V4 engine has a soundtrack like no other, going from an ominous crackling rumble at idle to a full-on intoxicating symphony of raucous bellowing towards its 12,300rpm redline. Despite its hooligan reputation the V4 Tuono is much more enjoyable with both wheels on the ground. The Aprilia makes hard work of wheelies and skids and implores you to set faster lap times instead of larking around. It offers one of the most sophisticated electronic packages around matched to one of the most exciting engines you’ll find in a production bike.

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9. Suzuki Burgman AN650: 4.45/5

Who thought a maxi-scooter would appear in this list? Well, you lot love it apparently. Very similar to its 400cc brother, the Burgman 650 lets you sweep through traffic or do long motorway hauls in utter comfort, with just that bit more power. The bike's 54hp parallel-twin engine will see you to a genuine 100mph and 160 miles between fill ups. The semi-automatic mode can seem like extra work for no gain. The automatic 'Power' mode feels just as fast and a 277kg scooter is not likely to win many drag races anyway. If you can get past the fact that nobody will think you look cool, the Burgman 650 is a really capable machine, like a middle-weight tourer in maxi scooter clothes.

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8. Kawasaki ZX-10R (2011 - present): 4.5/5

Supersport dimensions, a claimed 200bhp at the crank, and sophisticated traction control that monitors front and real wheel speed, engine rpm, throttle position, current spin rate and acceleration every half of a split-second. Kawasaki really upped their game, making the new ZX-10R a full 10kg less than the outgoing model. And it’s the only bike to really contend with BMW’s flagship S1000RR superbike on track.

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7. Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200: 4.58/5

Launched in 2012 after a long gestation, the big adventure bike is a ground-up design with an engine that shares no parts at all with the rest of the Hinckley range. Built for comfort, reliability and durability, the Explorer features shaft drive, 10K-mile service intervals, and a smooth 1215cc triple that puts out a healthy 135hp and nearly 90 lb-ft of torque. It's also loaded up with electronic riding aids, ride-by-wire throttle and an ultra-informative digital dash to challenge its German rival.

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6. Honda CB500: 4.63/5

Like your favourite childhood toy or teenage song or comfort food, the CB500 is a memory that never spoils. The durability of its 500cc, 54 bhp parallel-twin is legendary - it was apparently designed to last for at least 190,000 miles, and it lived up to its billing in the hands of riding schools and couriers all over the land. Solid, sensible and reliable, the CB500 is the quintessential basic motorcycle.

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5. Ducati 1198S: 4.66/5

For the extra £3,000 of the S model over the standard 1198, you get some serious bells and whistles thrown in. The S has traction control, full Öhlins suspension, an adjustable Öhlins steering damper, and lighter seven spoke Marchesini wheels, which brings the claimed overall weight down a further 2kgs to 169kg. Making the same 170hp as the 1098R, the 1198S is a smoother, more docile, and refined animal.

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4. KTM 690 Duke: 4.68/5

At 72hp and 70nm of torque, the 690 duke boasts the title of the most powerful production single-cylinder on the market. Combine that with the fact that it only weighs 160kg fully fuelled and you have yourself a very lively bike indeed. The Duke flatters your riding and is fast enough to deliver a real buzz. Saying that, a learner can still hop on this bike and find it as easy to ride as a Honda CB500. How did KTM manage that?

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3. BMW S1000RR: 4.72/5

BMW launched the RR in 2009, their first crack at making a superbike, and it set the world on fire. The 193hp 999cc machine thrashed every other bike in its class and four years later its only real close rival is Kawasaki’s latest ZX-10R. The 190kg dry weight is heavier than it seems and many riders compare the size of the RR to a 600cc machine. Other than a fairly serious recall where connecting rod bolts were coming loose, reliability is said to be good. We recommend forking out the extra £465 for the BMW Motorsport paint job that not only looks awesome but will retain its value better. For £13,735 you can have one of the fastest and best handling production bikes in the world. How lucky are we motorcyclists?

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=1. Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z: 4.83/5

Built to rival BMW's GS and Ducati's Multistrada, it's clear that Yamaha wanted a slice of the adventure bike pie. The 1199cc twin puts out 109hp and 84ftlb of torque, managing an acceptable 42mpg. Could be worse when you consider the Super Tenere's hefty 261kg weight. It's extremely well-built and at £11,999, is £600 less than the GS. You may not get the BMW badge or the extensive options list, but Japanese reliability and peace of mind is a big 'yes please' when it comes to adventure bikes.

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=1. Multistrada 1200: 4.83 out of 5

With the frog-faced looks of its predecessor swapped for sharper styling, the Multistrada overcame one of the few obstacles in the way of it being a really desirable bike. Designed to be a 'four in one' motorcycle (sports, tourer, commuter and enduro) the 150bhp Multi is smooth and powerful, sumptuously comfortable and kitted out with electronic suspension, mode selection and ride-by-wire throttle. 

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