Every summer, just before our Motorcycle of the Year issue hits newsstands, it comes time to present the winners with their trophies. The trick is setting up these meetings in a way that doesn't give away the results. This year, Editor-in-Chief Brian Catterson duped the Kawasaki peeps into giving him a tour of their new museum (open to the public, BTW), while Editor-at-Large Aaron Frank told Erik Buell he had "something cool to give him from the magazine." Replied Buell: "It had better be a $5000 sponsorship check, so our team can afford to buy tires for the rest of the season!" Turns out it was something even more valuable. Suffice it to say that Buell and Kawasaki President Takeshi Teranishi were pleasantly surprised, and the awards are now proudly displayed in each manufacturer's trophy case.