Indian Scout top bike for 2014

Indian Scout

A snap poll of readers has agreed with our view that the return of the Indian Scout was the best bike for 2014.

The Indian Scout was the choice of almost one in every four people who voted.

We found the solo-seat cruiser a charming blank canvas with its beautiful finish and stunning good looks. Obviously, many of you agreed.

BMW R 1200 GS safety recall - Indian scout voted top bike of 2014
BMW R 1200 GS

Second place went to the all-road-conquering water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS with 19%.

Third place went to the Victory Gunner with 12.1% and fourth place was shared by the Victory Cross Country Tour and Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout (6.9%).

That’s quite a coup for Polaris which is the parent company for Victory and Indian.

Harley also fared well. Their Breakout was the top-selling large-capacity cruiser and the seventh best-selling bike this year. It was followed in sixth place by the Harley Road Glide (3.4%), an ugly mother, but simply the best-handling tourer on the market.

Seventh place was shared by Harley’s electric LiveWire and the kick-start-only Yamaha SR400 (1.7%).

MotorbikeWriter and red-wine-drinking-partner Grant Roff on the Yamaha SR400 media launch in Melbourne - Indian scout voted top bike of 2014
Yamaha SR400

We copped a fair bit of flack for our choices, especially the preponderance of cruisers and lack of sports bikes. That should change next year when a gaggle of hi-tech and high-powered models arrive such as the Kawasaki Ninja H2, Yamaha R1 and the BMW S 1000 RR and various derivatives.

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Readers were split on other choices for our top 10 with one vote each for the following: Indian Chief Vintage, Yamaha MT-09, Ducati Diavel, Triumph America and Daytona, Yamaha MT-07 and Ducati Multistrada GT.


  1. “A snap poll of readers has agreed with our view that the return of the Indian Scout was the best bike for 2014.”

    Wasn’t it meant to be “the best bike tested by Motorbike Writer in 2014”

    There are plenty of better bikes that were never tested, the list given just highlights your bias towards cruisers

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