Preferred riding mix: 65% trail riding/35% moto-track play ridingBOTY vote: Honda CRF150R. The Bike of the Year title has always gone to bikes that stand out from the crowd and usually to those that redefine the sport or create a new class. There is no question that the Honda CRF150R is redefining mini riding. Whether you hate the idea of the bike or love it, only an ostrich could claim the Honda hasn't made a major impact. Even the fact that it isn't legal to race in some organizations hasn't slowed its acceptance. Emotionally, I wanted to vote for the KTM 450/525 EXC models, since I am much more interested in riding them than hopping on a mini, but I had to go with the CRF.Favorite bike ever: My long-term 2005 KTM 525 MXC. That bike was set up for me better than any machine I have ever ridden. Of course, it was mine to modify for more than a year, or 200 hours of riding. No matter what kind of riding was planned, I was happy on that KTM.Favorite bike this year: After the 450cc shootout ended, Jimmy asked which one I wanted for the year, and I didn't hesitate to pick the Yamaha YZ450F. It has been the only bike I've had to ride for both motocross and off-road. I was stressed that the suspension would be too stiff for the high desert, but no way! This bike makes me look good, and that isn't so easy these days.Chris Denison
Preferred riding mix: 60% motocross/30% off-road/10% ramp nuttinessBOTY vote: Honda CRF150R. It may not be a big bike, but there is no denying that the CRF150R has sent an excited red rumble throughout the industry. From timid beginners to amateur motocross champions, the Honda fits a wide variety of pilots, all of whom have fondly accepted the little red bike as a permanent fixture. With its minisize technology and irresistible fun factor, this Honda four-stroke heralds a bright hope to the future of thumpers while simultaneously serving a crushing blow to the skull of the two-stroke motocross class. C'est la vie.Favorite bike ever: Honda CR250R (2003 and newer). I've been privileged enough to ride some pretty sweet stock machines, but the CR250R will always hold a special place in my heart. The Honda is fast, nimble and utterly bulletproof. I have oddly always been able to ride a 250 two-stroke better than I've been able to ride any other stock bike, whether it be on trails, ramps or the track. It might have something to do with the fact that I have enough frequent-flier miles on CR250Rs to send the entire DR staff to Madagascar and back, but who knows?Favorite bike of this year: Suzuki RM-Z250. Since 2006, Suzuki has managed to transform its 250F effort from a mild disappointment to an outright shocker. The '07 RM-Z250 has better power, poise and performance than anything else in its class, and the overall yellow package never failed to leave a trail of dropping jaws among our test riders. The CRF150R may be the magazine's BOTY, but the Suzuki 250 four-stroke is hands down my bike of this year.Pete Peterson
Preferred riding mix: 94% moto/5% off-road/1% sitting on bikes and making engine soundsBOTY vote: Honda CRF150R. We are living in a four-stroke world, but we weren't living in a mini four-stroke world until this bike came along. This bike shook everything up just by showing up, and it's awesome. I would never throw a leg over an 85, but I jumped at the opportunity to take this bike out. I realized right away the thing was too small to be a safe bike for me to moto on but was too fast for me to think I was out there just goofing off. It may be too much bike for some kids, and for some classes, too. This little thumper may not rewrite the record books, but it is rewriting the rule books.Favorite bike ever: My 2004 RM250. It was a passionate but short affair. I never rode as well on any other bike and even got bumped up a class. Then we had a falling out. I choose to remember the good times.Favorite bike of this year: The 2007 YZ125. The broad power (yes, for a 125) makes the bike easy to ride, and I love how light it feels. Forget arm-pump, this bike gives face-pump by making me grin like a doofus.Jesse Ziegler
Preferred riding mix: 65% motocross/35% off-roadBOTY vote: Honda CRF150R. I didn't want to vote for this bike. Not even close. I'll never own one, I'll rarely ride one, and I'm only interested in it because the idea is so damn cool. With that said, I can't get away from this little weasel. The CRF150R is everywhere. And for making the biggest impact our sport has seen since Yamaha's original YZ400F, it wins my Bike of the Year vote easily. That, and I can jump on it stock and smile my butt off as I loft over tabletops.Favorite bike ever: My favorite bike ever wasn't even my own. It was my big brother's 1995 CR250R. I borrowed (stole) it from him and raced an entire season without him really knowing. I'm sure he figured it out, but I was having so much fun on the bike that I think he just let me go. It had a purple seat cover, but all the other stickers were long gone. What was so great about it? Holeshots. And pretty much everything else.Favorite bike of this year: The 2007 RM-Z250. I can't give it BOTY honors because of that little red stinker remaking the industry. However, the RM-Z is the best stock 250F I've ever ridden. The motor makes up for any soft suspension worries, and considering it's Suzuki's first real 250cc four-stroke motocrosser, it's a huge success. I hate Chris Denison for getting to keep it all year for his Long Haul.