BMW motorcycles have earned four of the top ten spots in Cycle World magazine’s “Ten Best Bikes of 2013.” The magazine’s September issue, featuring its 38th annual “Ten Best” list and names BMW’s HP4 the “Best Superbike,” BMW’s R1200GS the “Best Adventure Bike,” and (for the third year in a row) the BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL “Best Sport Touring” and “Best Touring” bikes.
“It’s both a tire-torching track bike that will help you set the lap time of your life and one of the most street-useful racetrack refugees ever offered to us mortals,” wrote editors of Cycle World about the BMW HP4, the lightest four cylinder in the segment and the most advanced production sporting motorcycle ever built since its predecessor, the BMW S1000RR.
The 2013 HP4 provides not just 193 bhp and 83 lb/ft of torque but features the world’s first dynamic suspension system which automatically adapts the suspension damping to the situation at hand (Rain and Sport for public roads, Race and Slick for the race track).
Of the R1200GS, winner of Cycle World’s “Best Adventure Bike” category, editors wrote, “The all-new version of the motorcycle that defined the ADV genre reclaims its Ten Best crown with an all-new chassis, a liquid-cooled Boxer Twin with “vertical-flow” heads and ride-by-wire electronics featuring five modes that influence throttle response, power delivery, ABS, stability control and BMW’s semi-active suspension. While traditionalists may scoff at the added technical complication, much of it is “set and forget” tuning that makes this explorer more capable than ever.”
“Three-peat” Cycle World “Best Of” champs, the K1600GTL and K1600GT, also continued to earn editors’ praise. “Though the GTL has been the touring bike champ now for three years in a row, we have not yet run out of accolades to heap upon the Bavarian six-banger. Really doesn’t matter, since the ESA version will allow you to easily adjust to whatever you heap on.”
“Staking a claim as the ultimate sport-touring bike since its 2011 debut, BMW’s K1600GT has yet to see a serious challenge,” editors wrote. “The 1649cc inline-six combines ultra-smooth, massively strong output with a solid-handling chassis exhibiting agility that defies the GT’s 755-pound fully fueled weight—plus a suite of luxury features it shares in common with its GTL sibling.”
“It is a tremendous honor to receive a ‘Best Of’ award from Cycle World in any category; to earn four in one year is just phenomenal,” observed Hans Blesse, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “Strong sales, and positive response from customers and journalists reaffirms BMW Motorrad’s commitment to continually raise the bar for performance, safety, technology and value in this competitive market.”