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Best motorcycles of 2013

This is a fantastic time to be riding motorcycles. So many models! So many choices! So many manufacturers trying so hard to build the perfect bike.

In 2013 I had the opportunity to ride about 40 different machines. There were street racers, road hogs, sophisticated cruisers, stripped-down "naked" bikes, dirt bikes, dual sport bikes and even electric bikes.

I liked almost all of them. And I really loved quite a few.

PHOTOS: Best bikes from 2013

The year to come looks even more exciting. The Japanese, European and American companies are all launching dramatic-looking product in 2014 — some of which were unveiled at the Italian motorcycle convention known as EICMA, some at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach.

I can't wait to throw a leg over the new bikes.

In the meantime, here is a look at some of my favorite motorcycles from last year.

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