The 2017 MCN Awards proved to be another successful year for BMW Motorrad UK, the S 1000 XR and R 1200 RT once again winning their categories as the R nineT Urban G/S shone alongside them. The annual MCN Awards are held by the UK’s biggest motorcycle publication and recognise outstanding achievements, innovations and products. The winners are chosen by a panel of expert riders and road testers.
• 2017 Best Adventure Sport – BMW S 1000 XR
• 2017 Best Tourer – BMW R 1200 RT
• 2017 Best Retro – R nineT Urban G/S
Best Adventure Sport: BMW S 1000 XR
The BMW S 1000 XR was launched in May 2015 to critical acclaim and praise from media worldwide. Combining the technology and four-cylinder engine from the S 1000 RR with the adventure bike comfort and practicality from the GS range, the XR became the best-rated model in MCN’s new Adventure Sport class.
MCN Awards judges said: “Like its S1000R and RR siblings it can cut it in the twisties and all that screaming power is harnessed by some of the best electronic rider aids in the business. And the power dished out by the ABS-assisted Brembos is race-grade.
“If you’re looking for a fast, smooth, versatile, adventure sports bike, then look no further.”
Best Tourer: BMW R 1200 RT
BMW Motorrad’s domination of the touring sector in the UK continues and the R 1200 RT is largely the reason why. Relaunched in 2014 with the all-new liquid-cooled Boxer motor, the R 1200 RT won that year’s MCN Award for Best Tourer, retained the trophy in 2015, 2016 and can now add a fourth straight MCN Award to its prestigious pedigree.
MCN Awards judges said: “BMW’s R1200RT underlines its superiority by once again being MCN’s favourite tourer of 2017. There’s no finer and easier way of clocking up big motorway miles in comfort, for both rider and pillion.”
Best Retro: BMW R nineT Urban G/S
The R nineT Urban G/S continued to grow BMW Motorrad’s popular heritage range and was an instant hit with customers when launched. With clear inspiration from the legendary R 80 GS Dakar bike, the Urban G/S puts a modern twist on a legendary machine.
MCN Awards judges said: “The Urban G/S is an off-road inspired retro feel-good bike. It offers thrills at sane speeds on the road and the chance to have fun on the dirt. It’s loaded with attitude, is easy to manage and has quality coursing through its veins.
“It faced serious competition from the Desert Sled and Café Racer and BMW’s own R nineT Pure this year, but it only takes a few miles for the Urban G/S to steal your heart.”
Scott Grimsdall, BMW Motorrad’s National Marketing and PR Manager said: “Everyone at BMW Motorrad UK is very pleased to add another three MCN Awards to our collection. This has been an exciting year for us with a large number of new models, such as the R nineT Urban G/S, and it’s wonderful to see our efforts rewarded across a number of different segments.”