The BMW K1600GT was voted the 2011 “International Bike of the Year” (IBOTY) by a jury representing 25 motorcycle magazines. This was announced at a press conference given by the Belgian motorcycle magazine Motor Wereld at the Brussels Motor Show. The K1600GT was favored by the motorcycle journalists because of its unique combination of comfort, performance and use of innovative technologies. The powerful inline six-cylinder engine was said to offer power, refinement and lots of fun. The bike’s sophisticated technology — including ABS, traction control, navigation system, adaptive headlight and electronically controlled suspension — makes the K1600GT an incomparable touring motorcycle. On the road, the outstanding qualities of the K1600GT are its agile chassis and unusually light handling. All this gives the rider a unique riding experience, according to the jury, impressing both touring and sports motorcyclists.
The GT’s luxury touring brother, the K1600GTL came in fourth in the voting while the S1000RR tied for fifth place alongside the Kawasaki ZX-10R. With three models in the top five places, BMW Motorrad shows their future is bright. BMW Motorrad also won the highest rating in 2010 for the S1000RR.
The following magazines took part in the IBOTY 2011: Australian Motorcycle News (Australia), Auto By (Japan), Autocar India (India), Bike (Scandinavia), Bike (UK), Cycle World (USA), Der Reitwagen (Austria), Inmoto (Italy), KicXstart (Netherlands), Kiwi Rider (New Zealand), La Moto (Spain), Maximoto (France), Moto Kultur Asia (Malaysia and Singapore), Moto (Greece), Moto Journal (Canada), Moto & Loisirs (Belgium), Moto Mag (Israel), Motoraj (Czech Republic), Motoron (Turkey), MotoSi (Slovenia), MotorWereld (Belgium), PS Magazin (Germany), Revista Moto (Mexico), SuperBike (South Africa), Swiat Motocykli (Poland).
IBOTY 2011 Results:
1) BMW K1600GT (41 points)
2) Ducati Diavel (32 points)
3) Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC (22 points)
4) BMW K1600GTL (18 points)
5) BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki ZX-10R (16 points each)