Best Bike Awards 2016
Best Sports Category
Yamaha YZF-R1

Maintaining its top spot in the Best Sports category is the Yamaha YZF-R1. Everything about it screams speed. It’s a sublime track bike: so fast, stable, sharp of steering, predictable, dependable and so hi-tech. Thanks to a suite of electronic rider aids - Yamaha presumably raided its Moto GP R&D facility - it wants you to ride better, faster, safer. This is a bike that wins over both head and heart in an instant. And don’t even get us started on the R1 M…

"It’s staggering to understand how Yamaha has built a race bike for the road that only needs valve checks every 24,000 miles."
Rob Morphet
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Runner-up: Kawasaki Ninja H2

Accelerates like a Millennium Falcon jumping to light speed. Rabid and rapid in equal measure, fascinating and fabulous. Spectacular soundtrack.

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Runner-up: Aprilia RSV4 SF

With an Italianate blend of stripped and styled, this is a wonderfully characterful sports bike. Quite uncompromising as a road bike, but with speed it takes on a brilliantly fluid quality. Bella.

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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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