The S 1000 RR has added to its long list of awards by taking out the prestigious Australian Motorcycle News, 2012 Motorcycle of the Year. Since the stunningly powerful RR was launched in 2009, it has changed the way the all sports bikes are judged. In every corner of the world the RR has taken all before it, on the roads, the track and in award presentations.
AMCN, Australia’s popular biweekly magazine, conducted an exhaustive test programme with the nine finalists. Over two days, eight experienced motorcycling journalists put the finalists through the hoops. A day on the road, covering bumpy back roads, smooth motorways and winding mountains, then a day on the track and skidpan.
Each bike was assessed with reference to five key points, and of course the heart! Design brief, relevance of features, value for money, build quality and innovative design approach. Sports bikes, tourers, cruisers and adventure sport machines go head-to-head for the title of AMCN, Motorcycle of the Year 2012. But it was the BMW S 1000 RR that performed faultlessly and excited all the riders.
“The combination of revised chassis, the improved power delivery and sharper electronics has resulted in a sportsbike that so nails its design brief, the BMW S 1000 RR wins hands down” effused AMCN.
They went on further. “It’s astounding to think a feistier track mauler in the recently released HP4 will be in the mix for 2013 because the standard bike feels anything but slow and underwhelming. Its road manners have been improved to the point where it makes an impressive ride even for those who don’t haunt their local racetrack too often.
“This isn’t the way sportsbikes have been thought of lately, but with heated grips and quality engine and traction control modes which work, it’s more of an all-rounder, with few chinks in the electronic and dynamic armour. In the end, each of the finalists had their Achilles heels, but the BMW is as almost imperfection-free as a bike gets and so is crowned AMCN’s 2012 Motorcycle of the Year,” said AMCN.
“This is a fantastic award to win. Australian Motorcycle News is a world renowned magazine and for its test panel to give the Motorcycle of the Year to the mighty S 1000 RR is a true testament to a great motorcycle,” said General Manager BMW Motorrad Australia and New Zealand, Tony Sesto.
The RR has indeed changed the perception of what a sportsbike can be, but has also taken BMW Motorrad to a new era of performance and power in Australia – and around the world.