Best Bike Awards 2016
Best Retro Category
Triumph Thruxton R

The retro scene has seen a robust and significant revival in recent years, with bikes such as the Ducati Scrambler surging into the UK best-selling charts. This year, the award goes to the Triumph Thruxton R, the jewel in the crown of the newly designed and engineered Bonneville range.

Not only will it be accorded design classic status some day, it features divine detailing and now has the dynamics to match the aesthetic. For its intrinsic agility and sheer likeability, the Thruxton R just feels right wherever you ride it.

"This is the retro Triumph you’ve been waiting for. The Thruxton R has the retro field nailed – you can buy without regret."
Jon Quirk
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Runner-up: Ducati Scrambler

The hipster references may be transitory, but be in no doubt, the Scrambler is a bike with style, substance and permanence.

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Runner-up: Yamaha XSR700

Lively, beautifully controllable, agile and a sheer delight to carve up your favourite B-road. Built light to be nimble, but it’s also light on retro charm.

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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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