BMW R1200 GS


The experts from Auto Trader Bikes have ridden hundreds of miles, testing every new bike on sale in the UK to pick these category winners and name the Best Bike of 2014.

The GS has become one of the world’s most recognisable bikes, but its competency as the all-round explorer is unrivalled, too. Whether you’re a weekend rider, world adventurer or daily commuter, the GS is the most cosseting, comfortable and capable bike you’ll find. Our judges also found the variable traction control settings the most confidence inspiring, working seamlessly to support all levels of off- and on-road ability.

“The GS remains the ultimate globetrotting accessory.”

Jon Quirk

Runner-up: KTM 1190 Adventure

A light and agile adventure bike that feels more at home in the dirt than on the road, and lacks the BMW’s impeccable road manners.

Runner-up: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Sumptuous V-twin motor supported by an electronic tour de force of rider modes, but only ever brilliant on winding asphalt.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader and committed to helping every rider find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996 and has been responsible for its continued success ever since.
David Burton
Prolific designer and founding editor of Esses, an independent motorcycle magazine.

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