First Runner-Up: 2010 Triumph Thunderbird
Running within a hair's breadth of the Fury is Triumph's new Thunderbird. Versatility is one thing we love to see in new designs, and the T-Bird delivers it in spades. Where the Fury is narrowly focused, the 'Bird is an expansive all-rounder, a breath of fresh air in the stagnant heavyweight cruiser segment. The Triumph isn't avant-garde by any means-it's designed to be a mainstream cruiser-but it is a very well-executed shot at the status quo. For one, it's powered by a dual-overhead cam, 1597cc parallel twin that produces a triple-digit torque reading at just 2750 rpm. Throw in a six-speed transmission, Showa suspension and optional ABS, and that wonderfully neutral handling becomes a big bonus. The $12,499 T-Bird is a winner in whatever category you'd like to slot it in, with an overall competence that's unimpeachable.