Updated 9/4/2014. Publishers are giving out their 2014 “best of” awards with BMW Motorrad USA picking up 16 of them (Update: Now 17, see below). This includes six awards from Motorcycle.com, four from Motorcyclist, three of the top ten spots from Cycle World, and a Rider magazine “2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year.”
For the second year, BMW Motorrad swept six categories in Motorcycle.com’s annual “best of” awards. The website, which is visited each month by more than 2 million motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, named the latest generation BMW R1200RT “Best Sport Touring Motorcycle” and the all-new BMW R nineT “Best Standard Motorcycle.” In an encore performance, BMW captured the “Best Touring Motorcycle” category – this time with the new BMW K1600GTL Exclusive – as well as “Best Scooter” with the BMW C650GT. The BMW R1200GS, last year’s Motorcycle of the Year winner, tied for “Best On Off-Road/Adventure Motorcycle.” Once again, BMW also won for “Best New Motorcycle Technology” with Hill Start Control, introduced on the 2014 R1200RT and K1600GTL Exclusive.
“BMW has been on an absolute tear for a number of years,” wrote Tom Roderick of Motorcycle.com.
Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW R1200GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike,” the BMW R1200RT “Best Touring Bike,” the BMW S1000R “Best Naked Bike,” and awarded an honorable mention to the BMW S1000RR for “Best Sportbike.”
Commenting on the 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure, Motorcyclist editors wrote, “It would be painfully easy for BMW to fall into a ‘printing money’ mode with the big GS, especially the Adventure model. (Which will, we’re told, account for just more than half of the GS sales in the U.S. this year.) After all, the GS is an institution, and it’s assumed that buyers will line up for new ones no matter how good they are. But that’s not BMW’s tack with the GS Adventure. Launched a year after the new water-cooled engine debuted in the basic GS, the Adventure has so many tweaks, updates, improvements, and just plain old differences that it could almost be considered a new model. Heck, BMW did more in the GS-to-Adventure update than many manufacturers do for whole-model updates. That’s how serious BMW is about the GS platform.”
For the fourth year in a row, BMW claimed Cycle World’s “Best Touring Bike” category with the 2014 BMW K1600GTL. The new BMW R1200RT unseated its own teammate – the BMW K1600GT – to claim Cycle World’s “Best Sport-Touring Bike” for 2014. And the new S1000R captured the “Best Standard Bike” pick.
“A tough category, but the cream that is the BMW K1600GTL has remained at the top of this CW class for an impressive four years,” wrote Cycle World editors. “The secret to the GTL’s success? The sophisticated sportiness that emanates from an outstanding chassis and a silky smooth inline-six engine that wails like a banshee above 6,000 rpm…No other machine has such a broad capability, transitioning from luxury superslab cushiness to taut, wicked-fast composure on a back road with the flick of a few modes. For the touring rider who wants everything and then some, there is no better choice.”
“It takes a pretty special machine to unseat the BMW K1600GT as Cycle World’s best sport-touring bike, but that’s exactly what the new wasserboxer-powered BMW R1200RT is,” commented Cycle World editors. It’s not just the fact that the RT uses a flat-twin, BMW’s spiritual core, but also that this swift and comfortable machine is about 130 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder sibling, which makes it easier to maneuver in your garage or on Mulholland. Yet the R1200RT, with its saddlebags, optional top case, and excellent fairing, is still very much a great long-distance pack mule, boasting electronic ride modes and Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension that adapt the bike to any condition. Score one for the purists.”
“The offerings in the once niche sport naked category have grown so vast it appears to have become the new standard. Why settle for only comfort and practicality when you can have that and more? BMW currently offers a superior answer. The S1000R delivers superbike acceleration and track-sharp handling when you want it yet possesses a civil side that is just a few button presses away. Adrenaline or relaxation, the S1000R’s HP4-derived electronics suite administers both and sets a higher standard,” wrote Cycle World editors.
Earlier this summer, Rider magazine asked readers to vote for their favorite 2014 bike in its “People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest.” The BMW R1200RT emerged the winner out of nearly 50 contenders. And what did readers say?
“Outstanding balance. Not too big…not too small. Not too sporty…not too focused on touring. Not too heavy. Perfect balance of performance. If you can only have one bike (like most of us), this one is it.”
Kris Odwarka, Vice President BMW Motorrad USA. commented on these results, “It is a tremendous honor to receive a ‘best of’ award from the motorcycle press in any category. To receive multiple awards from respected journalists and customers across several categories in just six months is phenomenal. Positive response to our newly introduced and existing models reaffirms our commitment to continually raising the bar for safety, performance and technology.”
Update: BMW Motorrad USA received another award from the motorcycle press bring their total to 17 so far. In his annual pick of the Top 10 Motorcycles for 2014, Ultimate MotorCycling Editor Don Williams named the BMW K1600GTL Exclusive “Best Luxury Touring” motorcycle. “The BMW K1600GTL Exclusive defines luxury,” writes Williams. “Effortless to ride, despite its 794-pound claimed curb weight, the Exclusive has the six-cylinder power and the handling to take you and passenger comfortably across the country without a second thought. A long list of electronics look after you, allowing the rider to concentrate on the road and sights. Almost infinitely adjustable, you can personalize the ride exactly to your liking and the prevailing conditions. Practical features such as Hill Start Control and the adaptive xenon headlight push this bike over the top, along with the four layers of metallic high-gloss paint, and just the right amount of chrome. Spectacular.”