Big Beemer takes MCN top award

2012-09-26 21:39

The BMW S 1000 RR has been crowned the UK's Motor Cycle News 2012 Machine of the Year - the second time the RR has taken the highest accolade in the magazine's awards.

It also won the ‘Best Sports Bike Unlimited’ award for supersports machines with an engine of any capacity.

The 2012 ‘Machine of the Year’ honour is an unprecedented fifth MCN Award for the S 1000 RR. Previous accolades include the 2010 ‘Machine of the Year’ and ‘Sportsbike over 751cc’ awards in its first year, as well as the 2011 ‘Best Sportsbike over 601cc’ award and this year’s ‘Best Sportsbike Unlimited’ title.


Praising the S 1000 RR, Motorcycle News said: “The incredible and class-redefining BMW S 1000 RR has once again scooped the Machine of the Year crown. BMW entered the hardest class in the world and led it at the first attempt in 2010. It scarcely seemed possible to improve on the original, but they did.”

In addition, the BMW K 1600 GT has won the coveted ‘Tourer of the Year’ award for the second consecutive year; which itself took the title from BMW’s R 1200 RT in 2010.

Explaining the K 1600 GT’s second consecutive category win, MCN said: “BMW’s six-cylinder tourer is the stuff of concept model fantasies and boyhood dreams. The imposing K 1600 GT continues to set the standard for trans-continental cruising.”

Judged and presented by Motorcycle News, the annual MCN Awards recognise technical innovations, outstanding motorcycles and sales success within the industry.


Adrian Roderick, BMW Motorrad general manager, said: “It’s a real endorsement for the UK’s biggest motorcycle publication to confirm the S 1000 RR and the K 1600 GT are still the undisputed kings of their respective classes.

“To be recognised as the leader in two vital sectors, one which BMW Motorrad has been at the forefront of for decades, and one which it has entered and dominated immediately, proves that the pioneering work of BMW continues to pay off.

“With motorcycles like the K 1600 GT and S 1000 RR we are pushing the boundaries of innovation and performance for riders; while models such as the high-tech HP4 with semi-active suspension, and the C evolution electric maxi-scooter, represent the future for BMW Motorrad and of motorcycling itself.”