The BMW R1200RT has taken the top honors in Ride magazine’s annual Rider Power Survey – a survey from its UK readership. This is the fifth time in a row a BMW motorcycle has won this prize. The R1200RT won three of BMW Motorrad’s nine awards (the most won by any one manufacturer) including ‘Overall Rider Power Winner,’ ‘Best Tourer’ and ‘Best Wind Protection.’ In addition to the R1200RT’s three awards, the K1300S (last year’s overall winner) took ‘Best Sport Tourer’ and ‘Best Brakes’; the R1200GS Adventure won ‘Best Trailie/Supermoto,’ the K1200GT won ‘Best Headlights’ and the F800S won ‘Best Half-Faired Middleweight’.
BMW Motorrad was also named winner of the overall ‘Best Brand’ award for the second consecutive year, which combines votes for the reliability, dealer support and overall satisfaction categories. The survey further praised BMW’s S1000RR supersports bike, declaring it one of the most reliable motorcycles in the country based on owners’ experiences. BMWs also placed highly in the ‘Lowest Running Costs’ category, with all three of BMW’s F800 models placed in the top five.
The iconic boxer-twin R1200RT tourer, described by the magazine as “without question the most successful motorcycle in the history of Rider Power,” was praised for its comfort and handling, the charismatic boxer engine at its heart and the huge range of options and extras. 2012 marks the third time that the RT has taken the top award – coming second on the other two occasions to BMW’s own K1300S.
Colin Overland, editor of Ride magazine, said, “It’s an excellent result for BMW but it’s also interesting for what it tells us about biking and bikers in 2012. The BMWs that did particularly well in the voting include a sportsbike, sports tourers old and new, and an adventure bike – demonstrating that passion and enthusiasm are spread across biking styles, and aren’t confined to the latest, shiniest products.
“Here at Ride we share our readers’ enthusiasm for these bikes, but the point of Rider Power is that we stand back and hand the megaphone over to them. The top 100 is brimming with highly desirable machinery, but the bikes that have scored highest are those that aren’t just good in a few areas – they’re good across the board, and excellent in many respects. For instance, the K1300S (placed 2nd) and the winning R1200RT get four or five stars for everything.”