Best Bike Awards 2016
Best Manufacturer Category

We only have to look to Hinckley in Leicestershire for this year’s manufacturer of the year. In 2015, Triumph Motorcycles built a record 54,000 bikes. Operating profits have returned back to black and this financial year looks increasingly positive with a forecasted 5 per cent plus volume growth, thanks primarily to a reinvigorated product range that includes a reinvented Bonneville range, updates to the Triumph Speed Triple and a merchandise folio that still dines out on Hollywood man totem Steve McQueen.

In the past decade, Triumph has also doubled its output by moving 70 per cent of its production to Thailand, where a 1,000-strong workforce makes the company’s classic (and now award-winning) retro models, while the UK site remains critical for design and engineering, as well as manufacturing the bigger motorcycles such as the Thunderbird, a cruiser that attempts to beat Harley-Davidson at its own game.

An astounding accomplishment, given the Triumph name was bought out of receivership from its current owners in 1983. With an estimated annual investment of £25m a year into research and development, it’s clear the future is once again looking bright for both Triumph and the British motorcycle industry.

Category winners

Best AM
50cc capacity, available to riders from the age of 16
Best A1
125cc capacity, available to riders from the age of 17
Best A2
Motorcycles limited to 47bhp, available to riders from the age of 19
Best Scooter
Stylish, practical and cost-effective urban commuters
Best Commuter
Combines the efficiency of a scooter with big bike refinement and practicality
Best Manufacturer
Product innovation and strong leadership marks out our winner
Best Naked
Stripped back motorcycles with a purity of focus and an upright riding stance
Best Retro
Modern classics that hark back to a bygone era without the reliability woes
Best Tourer
Mile-munching comfort combined with varying levels of face-wrenching speed
Best Adventure
The UK’s most popular category, equally comfortable globetrotting or commuting
Best Cruiser
Baggers that offer effortless performance with all-day comfort
Best Sports
Race bike technology and design wrapped into road-legal packages

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