World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycles

This kind of award is always open to debate and nowhere here do they indicate which motorcycles were considered to be in the competition so ...

Ducati press release:

The International Panel of Judges of the “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards met last Friday at Cortile della Seta in Milano, a historic courtyard made available by Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria. The judges were the artists Heinz Mack, Vittorio Matino and Kenneth Noland, 15 time motorcycle world champion, Giacomo Agostini, the design professor Enrico Fagone, the transportation designer Michael Conrad, the fashion designer Carlo Rivetti, and the journalist Alessandro Giudice. The jury was chaired by Mr. Bruno Alfieri. The 26 examined and evaluated motorcycle and scooter models and defined the top aesthetic achievements of 15 European, Japanese and American manufacturers.

Category winners were:

Ducati 999R Xerox “Special Series”
Ducati Hypermotard “Best Prototype”
MV Agusta F41000 Senna "street bike"
Kawasaki ER-6n "naked"
Husqvarna TE510 Centennial "off-road"
Aprilia Scarabeo 500 "Scooter"

MV Agusta Brutale R and the Harley-Davidson VRXSE Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod Destroyer received special prizes.

The prize-awarding ceremony will take place late May.


  1. todd says

    hmm, Italian bikes take 5 of the top 6 places, go figure (is Husky still italian?). I guess if you put together an american team of “experts” any number of Harleys would be in the top ten. It must be terribly hard to be impartial.

  2. aaron says

    also strange that all the bikes can be bought brand new… because everyone knows that the 999 looks better than the 916 (or desmoseidici) and that the only good looking bike in the art of the motorcycle display was the mv agusta f4!

  3. Dodgy says

    Hope I don’t raise too many hackles, but isn’t this a bit like the American Football championship calling itself the “World Series”? Or the major league baseball for that matter?
    No one else is allowed to play…
    On the flip side, when they make lists of the ‘Greatest Players Ever’ the old, dead ones still get a nod…

  4. Fraser says

    I’ve got two pictures in my office, one is a 996, one a 999R
    Can’t help getting drawn to the 996
    Single sided swingarm does it for me
    Mv is just so beautiful
    So, if I had the money, it would be one of each the two most beautiful bikes ever, 916 (996) and F4 Tamburini

  5. Bret Fogelman says

    That is a hilarious result. Ducati, the motojounalists, the dealers and most Ducatisti now admit the 999/749 and Terblanches other “work” were total styling disasters. He also destroyed the once-beautiful Supersport series and the Multistrada is an ugly joke. The 916 series, Desmosedici, and now 1098 are far better looking bikes. I think his only decent bike (the Supermono) must have been ripped off from Tamburini.