Best Bike Awards 2016
Best Tourer Category
BMW S 1000 XR

The dominance of the so-called ‘adventure sports’ tourers are showing no signs of relinquishing control in the touring category, and the BMW S 1000 XR remains the most bonkers and brilliant manifestation.

Like all BMW products, the S 1000 XR displays those familiar teutonic values of solidity, thoroughness and quality. But the Bavarians are a fun loving bunch, hence why they put a superbike engine into a sports touring chassis to create the two-wheeled equivalent of a performance SUV.

"The BMW S 1000 XR feels like a German sports tourer that’s been given a quadruple shot of espresso for good measure. Achtung, baby."
Phil West
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Runner-up: Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Hugely popular, practical and great value sports tourer with a riotous motor.

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Runner-up: Yamaha Tracer 900

An unsung hero. The best blend of fast and frugal here, representing superb value for money. Head will say buy, until the S 1000 XR waves bye-bye.

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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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