The IBOTY Award has been around since 1985, and is voted on by motorcycle journalists from around the world. This year’s panel consisted of 14 judges from the following prestigious motorcycle magazines: Australian Motorcycle News, MotorWerled (Belgium), PS Magazin (Germany), Moto Magazine (Greece), Moto Motor Magazine (Israel), Autocar India, Superwheels (Italy), Auto Door (Japan), KicXstart (The Netherlands), Bike (Scandinavia), MotoSI (Slovenia), La Moto (Spain), Bike (UK), and Cycle World (USA).
Each member of the jury picks there three favorite motorcycles. The first place choice gets 5 points, second place gets three points and third place gets 1 point. This year, the BMW S 1000 RR won by a considerable amount, scoring 24 points more than the Ducati Multistrada.
Here is the full point breakdown.
- 1. BMW S 1000 RR – 57 pts
- Ducati Multistrada 1200 S – 33 pts.
- Honda VFR 1200F DCT / Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré – 9 pts.
- Aprilia RSV4 APRC – 8 pts.
- Kawasaki Z1000 / MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR – 4 pts.
- Kawasaki 1400GTR – 2 pts.
“A bike that combines a technological breakthrough with remarkable performance and everyday usability,” wrote the panel of judges. “This bike performs as well on the racetrack as it does on the open road. With the new S 1000 RR, BMW has written a new chapter in the history of production bikes: this is the very first bike to so convincingly integrate electronics that improve riding pleasure and safety in equal measures.”
The last time BMW won the International Bike of the Year award was in 2004 with the BMW R 1200 GS. BMW won the award for the first time in 1993 with the BMW R 1100 RS.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com