2012 was a great year for motorbike fans worldwide and particularly for us Brits as we saw a rise in popularity for our home grown talents as they took to the world stage in motorsport. Talents such as Tom Sykes, Scott Redding and Jenny Tinmouth made us all proud to be British, and if that wasn’t enough, we witnessed the growth of Triumph Motorcycles worldwide. As we step into 2013 we look back at the best parts of 2012 including the bikes, the riders and the races. Best Bike of 2012: Honda NC700X Last year we loved the Honda NC700X, not only because of it’s handling or sleek good looks, but because of the blend of affordability, comfort and brilliant performance that Honda are known for. The NC700X is ideal for maneuvering but is still a joy to ride if touring and even has a sporty side. 2012 Honda NC700X/NC700XD with Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission and Combined ABS Specs: Engine Type: 670cc liquid-cooled parallel twin Bore and Stroke: 73mm x 80mm Compression ratio: 10.7:1 Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder Induction: PGM-FI with 36mm throttle body Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance Transmission: Six-speed (NC700X) / Automatic six-speed with two modes and a manual mode (NC700XD) Final Drive: Chain Suspension Front: 41mm fork; 5.4 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link; 5.9 inches travel Brakes Front: Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper (NC700X) / Single 320mm disc with three-piston caliper; Combined ABS (NC700XD) Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper (NC700X) / Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper; Combined ABS (NC700XD) Tires Front: Metzeler Roadtec Z8 120/70ZR17 radial Rear: Metzeler Roadtec 160/60ZR17 radial Wheelbase: 60.6 inches Rake: 27.0° Trail: 4.3 inches Seat Height: 32.7 inches Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons Estimated Fuel Economy**: 64 MPG (NC700X) / 61 MPG (NC700XD) Color: Light Silver Metallic Curb Weight*: 474 pounds (NC700X) / 505 pounds (NC700XD) Best Talent of 2012: Shane Byrne After becoming a BSB champion for the third time, Shakey announced that he will be returning in 2013 to defend his title. Byrne said in a statement at the time that he had to choose between MotoGP and BSB: “I was in the enviable position of being offered a ride in either MotoGP or BSB by Paul Bird and after some careful consideration; I thought that the option of staying with my championship-winning team on a great bike in BSB was too strong a temptation to resist.” We wish him luck for the next season! BSB Final Standings 2012: Rider Team Pts C S. Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 683 2 J. Brookes Tyco Suzuki 655 3 T. Hill Swan Yamaha 612 4 A. Lowes Team WFR Honda 584 5 M. Laverty Samsung Honda 581 6 T. Bridewell Supersonic BMW 577 7 J. Westmoreland Team WFR Honda 182 8 N. Haga Swan Yamaha 160 9 C. Walker Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki 138 10 S. Easton Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 135 Best Race of 2012: Isle of Man TT Races There were many exciting and challenging races last year, but like many of you, we don’t think you can beat the thrill of the TT. John McGuiness took the championship for the 19th time last year and Michael Dunlop took first place in the second race of the season. It was, overall, a great season displaying many of the UK’s greatest talents and we’re already looking forward to the next one! We think Michael Dunlop is one to watch for the next season!