BMW’s class-leading and first-ever superbike, the S1000RR, has taken two MotorCycle News (UK) awards: “Machine of the Year” and “Sportsbike over 751cc.” BMW’s R1200RT, meanwhile was crowned “Tourer of the Year.” MCN is the UK’s best-selling motorcycle publication.
The S1000RR was praised by MCN and took the top award saying, “The BMW was head and shoulders above the rest. We are proud that the S1000RR will be joining the long list of iconic winners from MCN’s 55-year history.” MCN also says about the “Sports Bike over 751cc” award, “The most respected, the most feared and most capable superbike ever allowed into the hands of the public. The S1000RR is simply staggering in every single way.”
The judges also praised the bike’s racing successes. In its first year, the S1000RR has taken the British Superbike EVO crown, the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship, the FIM European Superstock title, the Finnish Superbike Championship, the Spanish Superbike Stock Extreme Championship, the French Superbike Championship and many other race victories in championships worldwide.
Marc Potter, MCN’s editor and head of the judging panel, said, “That you can get such an incredible and race-winning package, including traction control and anti-wheelie, on a road bike defies belief. The fact that it works so well as a complete package and that BMW has literally left every other sports bike gasping at its first attempt is phenomenal.”
The Boxer-twin powered R1200RT tourer is the UK’s best-selling touring motorcycle. MCN said, “Ask anyone in the MCN office which bike they’d chose if sent to the south of France and it would be the big BMW each and every time. It handles so well with or without a pillion and luggage.”
Adrian Roderick, BMW Motorrad General Manager, said, “MCN’s Awards are a very welcome recognition of the direction that BMW Motorrad is moving in. Our first-ever attempt at a supersports bike has been a huge success, which shows that our decision to enter into new sectors of the market was the right one. But to also win the Tourer of the Year award reaffirms BMW’s traditional place at the head of the touring category.”