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BMW nabs 3 Motorcyle of the Year awards from Motorcyclist Magazine

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Wes Fleming
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BMW earned more category wins in Motorcyclist Magazine's 2015 Motorcycle of the Year awards than any other manufacturer.

  • Best Sport Bike:  S 1000 RR
  • Best Adventure Bike:  R 1200 GS Adventure
  • Best Touring Bike:  R 1200 RT

The R 1200 GSA won Best Adventure Bike for the second year in a row.

Motorcyclist editors wrote, “Every time we ride BMW’s 999cc S 1000 RR we’re blown away. Not only is the double-R the most powerful bike in the category – slamming down a bonafide 184 hp in our latest test – but it’s also the most civil superbike available and without a doubt the best daily rider in the class…No one in their right mind will debate the double-R’s athleticism or value.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive a 'Best Bike' award from Motorcyclist in any category; to be the only manufacturer to earn three in one year is just fantastic,” said Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “It demonstrates that the motorcycling community wants and appreciates products that reflect a continued commitment to engineering development and prowess.”

Of the two repeat winners, Motorcyclist editors dubbed the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “A Motorcycle Masterpiece,” stating, “Many other manufacturers have tried to peel back the BMW GS’s headlock on this category…but no other manufacturer has quite managed the GS’s combination of off-road ability, commuting and sport riding manageability, and genuine cross-country comfort.”

“Still great, yet to be challenged,” Motorcyclist editors observed about the BMW R 1200 RT. “We have an unreasonable man-crush on anything with BMW’s new liquid-cooled engine. We gush endlessly about the GS and now we’re giving the similarly powered R 1200 RT the nod a second year in a row…For now, it’s time for the RT to shine, combining rare sporting character in a bike built to leap state lines in serene, weather-protected comfort.”

Other awards:

  • Motorcyle of the Year:  Yamaha YZF-R1
  • Best Naked Bike:  KTM 1290 Super Duke R
  • Best Cruiser:  Indian Scout
  • Best Dual Sport:  Husqvarna FE 501S

For more information, see the full article on Motorcyclist's website.

Photos provided by BMW Motorrad.


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