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Best Bike Awards 2019


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Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2019 nominees

Best AM

The AM category is open to riders from the age of 16 who have a provisional licence and have completed Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). With a maximum engine size of 50cc and requirement for L-plates, style, practicality and economy will be critical factors for our judges.


Lexmoto Aspire 50

Peugeot Speedfight 4 50

Yamaha Aerox 50

Best A1

The A1 category encompasses all motorcycles upto 125cc and is open to riders from the age of 17 who either have a provisional licence and CBT, or have taken the theory and practical test to no longer display L-plates. Style, affordability and a breadth of ability will be important here.


Yamaha YZF-R125

Honda Super Cub C125

Kawasaki Ninja 125

Best A2

The A2 category is open to 19-year olds and older, yet still restricts riders to motorcycles that develop less than 47bhp. The judges will be looking for talented all-rounders that are both intuitive and user-friendly.


Honda CB500X

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Kawasaki W800 Cafe

Best Retro

The retro category blends traditional style with modern day technology, so our winner must offer far more to buyers than a trip down memory lane.


Triumph Speed Twin

Suzuki Katana 1000

Triumph Scrambler 1200

Best Naked

Naked motorcycles encompass everything from junior 125cc models to 1200cc super-nakeds, so our judges will be assessing each bike on its individual fitness for purpose.


Honda CB650R

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

Indian FTR 1200

Best Adventure

Adventure bikes are the UK’s most popular category, appealing to commuters, weekend riders and globetrotters. Go-anywhere ability and versatility will be the important traits here.


BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure

Ducati Multistrada 950 S

Best Cruiser

The cruiser category may take life at a more relaxed pace, but it will be under no less scrutiny. Luxury, comfort and technology will all be under the critical lens of our judges.


Ducati Diavel 1260

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Best Tourer

The tourers category is one of the most competitive and encompasses long-distance load luggers of all sizes, speeds and budgets. Performance, practicality and value will be key strengths.


KTM Super Duke 1290 GT

BMW R 1250 RT

Yamaha Tracer 700 GT

Best Sports

The sports bike category continues to shift the needle in terms of performance, technology and aerodynamics. Genuine motorsport pedigree will be important to the judges, too.


BMW S 1000 RR

Ducati Panigale V4S

Honda CBR650R

Best Scooter

This commuting solution for the masses includes everything from entry-level 50cc scooters to electric and maxi-scooters. The winner will offer style, economy, ease of use and security.


Vespa GTS 300 HPE

BMW C 400 GT

Honda Forza 125

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.

An Auto Trader Best Bike Award is regarded as a signature of excellence from the UKs biggest marketplacefor motorcycles. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, rest assured we have a category that matters to you.