With victories in the categories “Sports Bikes,” “Touring/Sport Touring Bikes,” “Crossovers” and “Modern Classics” as well as three second and two third places, BMW Motorrad achieved another impressive result in the Motorrad magazine’s 19th “Motorcycle of the Year” readers’ vote in which 208 motorcycle models lined up for selection.
“Once again I am very pleased with the outstanding result our motorcycles achieved and would like to thank the Motorrad readers warmly for their vote. Nine podium places are a strong validation for the width of our BMW Motorrad range,” says Stephan Schaler, Director BMW Motorrad in his response to this year’s readers’ vote.
The BMW S1000RR took first place for the third time in a row with ease in the German magazine’s “Sports Bikes” category. With 17.8 percent of the readers’ vote it prevailed over the ever stronger competition from Italy and the Far East. The participating Motorrad readers once more honored the outstanding combination of high performance, high active riding safety thanks to Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as well as the optional electronically controlled suspension Dynamic Damping Control DDC.
In the “Crossover” category the BMW S1000XR took first place with an 19.7 percent of the votes to defend its 2016 victory. Motorrad readers were won over by its mix of dynamic sports-oriented riding characteristics, excellent sports touring qualities and individual design.
When it came to vote on the best “Touring/Sports Touring Bike,” BMW Motorrad scored another victory. As in the previous year, the R1200RS came first thanks to its excellent allround qualities with regard to dynamic riding, sportiness and touring suitability. It received 22.5 percent of the votes.
BMW Motorrad achieved victory number four with the R nineT in the “Modern Classics” category. 25.0 percent of readers voted in favor of the mix of classic design, lifestyle, state-of-the-art technology and sporty dynamic riding from the new world of BMW Motorrad “Heritage.”
The BMW Motorrad top seller, the R1200GS/Rallye and R1200GS Adventure, missed class victory narrowly. Due to their classification as independent models, the R1200GS/Rallye still managed to take second place easily followed by the R1200GS Adventure in third place. The new R nineT Urban GS also just missed the podium. With this fourth place, BMW Motorrad has three bikes among the first four places in the hotly contested Enduro/Supermoto category.
In the “Naked Bike” category, the BMW R1200R flat twin was able to move up to second place from third last year. In the the “Scooter” category, BMW Motorrad achieved an admirable second place with the zero-emission C-Evolution. The third place for the C650 Sport/C650GT rounds off BMW Motorrad’s successful performance in the urban segment.
The award ceremony was held on March 16, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. In the 19th readers’ vote on the “Motorcycle of the Year 2017,” 49,641 readers took part.