BMW motorcycles win '07 MOTY from Motorcyclist

Aug 16, 2007

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW R 1200 RT and BMW G 650 Xchallenge Win 2007 Motorcycle of the Year Awards from Motorcyclist

Once again, BMW motorcycles are among 2007's best and the brightest, according to editors of Motorcyclist Magazine. In the publication's September issue, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is named Best Adventure Bike for the third year in a row. The BMW R 1200 RT and the BMW G 650 Xchallenge earned runner-up spots for Best Touring and Best Dirtbike, respectively. Since its introduction in early 2004, the versatile R 1200 GS has won consistent praise from motorcycle enthusiasts and the motorcycling press for its exceptional performance both on and off-road. In addition to winning Motorcyclist's Adventure category in 2005 and 2006, it was named Motorcycle of the Year by Motorcyclist editors in 2004, International Bike of the Year, and one of Cycle World's top ten motorcycles for 2004. That same year, the GS also earned an International Design Excellence "Gold" Award by the Industrial Design Society of America.

According to editors of Motorcyclist, "BMW's R 1200 GS Adventure remains the once and future king of the transcontinental vacation. At 581 pounds with a full 8.7-gallon tank of super-unleaded, agility is not its strong suit. But a peerless ability to press on regardless of whether the road is paved or not pretty much makes up for that. Bolt on the right luggage and you have the baggage-handling proclivities of a Nepalese sherpa without the language barrier."

Describing the R 1200 RT, this year's runner-up and last year's winner in the Best Touring category, Motorcyclist editors write, "the Germans invented mach schnell motorcycle travel and they're still extraordinarily good at it. In RT trim, the 1170cc boxer delivers abundant broadband thrust whilst going easy on the super-unleaded."

As for the BMW G 650 Xchallenge, Motorcyclist's runner-up pick in the Best Dirtbike category, editors write "Forget about keeping up with the KTM and BMW's dirty little diversion will take you just about anywhere you want to go; no pick-up truck required. As long as there are gas stations every 90 miles it's the best-off-the-rack dual-sport $8,500 can buy."

Yep. Three's a charm!