BMW Claims Two 2016 MOTY Awards From Motorcyclist Magazine BMW R 1200 GS Adventure And BMW R 1200 RT Are “Three-peat” Winners

20 10 2016

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – October 20, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the third year in a row, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and BMW R 1200 RT have earned coveted spots in Motorcyclist Magazine’s annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards.  Editors of Motorcyclist , once again, chose the GS Adventure for its 2016 “Best Adventure Bike” category, while the R 1200 RT earned “Best Sport Touring Bike” (after claiming the “Best Touring Bike” category for the previous two years).  Alternative takes were awarded to the BMW S 1000 RR in the “Best Sportbike Category” and to the BMW K 1600 GTL in the “Best Touring Bike” category.


“A ‘Best Bike’ award from Motorcyclist is certainly one of the most prestigious honors in the motorcycle industry; to be the only manufacturer recognized in four individual categories this year is just fantastic,” observed Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad North America.  “These accolades reinforce our commitment to continually raising the bar for technology, safety and comfort, while remaining loyal to the core essence of perennial favorites like the GS Adventure and R 1200 RT.”

Of the returning winners, Motorcyclist editors described the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure as “simply stellar—good aerodynamics, light (yes, light) handling, stunning brakes, electronically adjustable suspension, and luggage options that’ll swallow a mobster’s secrets. Inevitably, it’s when we wander off the beaten path that this GS-A surprises us the most. Nearly 8 gallons of fuel tank is somehow never in the way, standing or sitting, and the turning radius makes us feel like we could U-turn in an airplane bathroom. The…1,170cc liquid-cooled engine is tuned nearly to perfection and the suspension (somehow) never bottoms out. The balance and poise that the R1200GS Adventure shows in the dirt utterly defies the spec sheet. It is the original adventure touring machine. And still the best.”


“Pure, sport-touring bliss” is how Motorcyclist editors described the BMW R 1200 RT’s riding position.  “An adjustable (and optionally heated) saddle sits around 32 inches high, with an amazingly slim midsection and an easy reach to the pavement.  It checks all of the boxes a luxury tourer should—electronically adjustable windshield and suspension, power locks, heated passenger accommodations, and integrated GPS if you please—but it’s the sportiness that wins us over. Auto-blip shifting and a snarly exhaust note accent the RT’s low center of gravity and brilliant handling in a way that is, frankly, hard to describe. Put it this way: If it held 30 gallons of gas instead of 6.6 we would just ride it farther, happy as ever.”

Need we say more?

For more information on Motorcyclist’s 2016 Motorcycle of the Year Awards, visit:

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Source: BMW of North America, LLC





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