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Bike of the Year - BMW S 1000 RR

For the category winner that, we feel, has moved the game on the most, Auto Trader offers the additional and ultimate honour of Bike of the Year.

BMW’s original S 1000 RR shook up the superbike establishment in 2009 with its class-bashing 190bhp and revolutionary electronic riding aids. A decade on BMW have done it again – and then some. The all-new S 1000 RR’s performance and electronics have raised the bar, even more impressively it is now already proving to be a winner on track AND still has more relevance on the road than most.

All of this makes the BMW S 1000 RR the worthy winner of our Bike of the Year 2019.

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Best AM – Peugeot Speedfight 4 50

After four generations of Speedfight, Peugeot has the entry-level AM category nailed with its compelling combination of heritage, style, specification and value for money. A brilliant starter bike for any 16-year old.

Runners up

Lexmoto Aspire 50

Yamaha Aerox 50

Best A1 – Yamaha YZF-R125

On spec alone, this junior-sized race replica puts some bigger bikes to shame with its inverted forks, radially-mounted brakes, variable valve timing and LCD screen. Baby R1 styling makes it Instagram-friendly, too.

Runners up

Honda Super Cub C125

Kawasaki Ninja 125

Best A2 – Honda CB500X

Upgrades to the styling, engine and chassis in the 2019 CB500X have made the might of Honda’s engineering prowess easy to admire, but even easier to live with. This all-rounder is as effortless to ride as it is desirable to own.

Runners up

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Kawasaki W800 Cafe

Best Retro – Triumph Speed Twin

Taking the best bits from its Modern Classics range and making them even better, Triumph has created modern retro alchemy. Cancel that R nineT order, because the Speed Twin is the most stylish, engaging and exciting modern retro on sale.

Runners up

Suzuki Katana 1000

Triumph Scrambler 1200

Best Naked – Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

Essentially a superbike with a more comfortable riding position, the Tuono doesn’t so much accelerate but time travel. New semi-active Öhlins suspension now compliments an already star-studded specification, making this super-naked as good as it gets.

Runners up

Honda CB650R

Indian FTR 1200

Best Adventure – BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

The GS kicked off the adventure bike revolution and this latest Adventure version continues to define both the category and company. An inspired update that manages to broaden both the bike’s appeal and versatility without trading any of its core character.

Runners up

KTM 790 Adventure

Ducati Multistrada 950 S

Best Cruiser – Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Indian’s flagship motorcycle is a lesson in how to build a class-leading cruiser: effortless performance, superb refinement and a continuous desire to raise the bar in comfort and luxury. It’s the sort of bike that makes 200-miles in the saddle feel like 20.

Runners up

Ducati Diavel 1260

Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Best Tourer – Yamaha Tracer 700 GT

A lightweight alternative to the heavier, more powerful and significantly more expensive touring bikes, the Tracer 700 GT comes with a touring screen, panniers and plenty of low-end punch. This is a do-it-all motorcycle that works on paper and in reality.

Runners up

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

BMW R 1250 RT

Best Sports – BMW S 1000 RR

Any bike that can de-throne the Ducati Panigale V4S must be special, but the S 1000 RR is a masterstroke. Its miraculous combination of performance, pliancy and poise make it as brilliant on a British B-road as it is rumbling down the Portimao pitlane.

Runners up

Ducati Panigale V4S

Honda CBR650R

Best Scooter – Vespa GTS 300 HPE

Vespa is the only scooter company that manages to elevate a seemingly ordinary device into a functional art form. The GTS 300 remains the definitive scooter with its unique style and, in HPE form, improved performance. It remains a class act.

Runners up

BMW C 400 GT

Honda Forza 125

About Auto Trader’s Best Bike Awards

An Auto Trader Best Bike Award is the ultimate seal of approval from Britain’s biggest marketplace for motorcycles.

It’s a sign of excellence and a trusted independent marker of quality, because it’s judged by a mixture of award-winning journalists, record-breaking racers and industry professionals, all of whom live and breathe motorcycles.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, our 10 awards categories will provide a high-water mark for motorcycling excellence, designed to help make researching your next dream bike easier than ever.

Meet the Judges

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    Jon Quirk

    Award-winning journalist, former Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader and creator of our annual Best Bike Awards.

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    Maria Costello MBE

    British motorcycle racer who made Isle of Man TT history by becoming the first woman to compete in both sidecar and solo classes at the same meeting.

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    Phil West

    One of the UK's most authoritative, respected and long established motorcycling journalists. Now a senior road tester for Auto Trader Bikes.