Opinions, they say, are like bum holes; barring a very unusual genetic condition everyone's got one. So with that in mind what would you nominate as the top ten greatest motorcycles in history. Greatness doesn't mean the fastest; most reliable or most versatile, it's a measure of how the machine makes you feel. It's about the engineering, the styling and what the machine did to advance the course of motorcycling. One offs and customised or modified bikes are out, production models only. So I'll start by listing my top 10, then I'll encourage you to comment on mine and list your own. Maybe we'll come to some kind of consensus in the end?
10- Kawasaki GPz 750 Turbo: A sports bike with a turbo! Ok performance is a bit sluggish by today's standards but how cool does it sound when the turbo kicks in? Retro chic styling, come on Kawasaki let's see a modern equivalent.
9- Suzuki GSX Katana: Like Marmite when it was first released, but since then it's become a classic. Look closely and you can see how it's influence modern Hypermotards, naked sports bikes and the like.
8- Kawasaki GT550: Ok it's dog ugly, slow and are usually abused by dispatch riders, but that's what makes it cool. My dad had one of these when he was a courier and did countless miles between services, had many scrapes with buses and taxis and yet it still kept on going. It's got a special place in my heart.