Brussels Motor Show: BMW International Bike Of The Year 2011


The BMW K 1600 GT is voted “International Bike Of The Year 2011”. The BMW K 1600 GT gets the top vote of the international motorcycle press jury at the Brussels Motor Show.

Brussels Motor Show

Munich.The BMW K 1600 GT has won the vote for the  “International Bike Of The Year 2011 (IBOTY)” award. This  was announced at a press conference given by the Belgian motorcycle  magazine Motor Wereld at the Brussels Motor Show. The award for the K  1600 GT comes from an international jury representing 25 motorcycle magazines.

The K 1600 GT convinced the motorcycle journalists with its unique  combination of comfort, performance and use of innovative  technologies. The powerful in-line 6-cylinder engine was said to offer  power, refinement and lots of fun.

The bike’s sophisticated technology  – in addition to ABS, traction control and navigation system, an  adaptive headlight and electronically controlled suspension with  various modes increase active riding safety – makes the  K 1600 GT an incomparable touring motorcycle. On the road,  the outstanding qualities of the K 1600 GT are its agile chassis and  unusually light handling. All this gives the rider a unique riding  experience, according to the jury, impressing the most demanding  touring and sports motorcyclists.

The K 1600 GTL was rated separately and also convinced the jury,  finishing fourth, while the S 1000 RR followed it in fifth  place alongside the Kawasaki ZX-10R. With three models in the top five  places, the BMW Motorrad put in a highly impressive showing overall.

BMW Motorrad also won the highest rating in 2010 with the S 1000 RR.

The following magazines took part in the IBOTY 2011: Australian  Motorcycle News (Australia), Auto By (Japan), Autocar India (India),  Bike (Scandinavia), Bike (UK), Cycle World (USA), Der Reitwagen  (Austria), Inmoto (Italy), KicXstart (Netherlands), Kiwi Rider (New  Zealand), La Moto (Spain), Maximoto (France), Moto Kultur Asia  (Malaysia and Singapore), Moto (Greece), Moto Journal (Canada), Moto  & Loisirs (Belgium), Moto Mag (Israel), Motoraj (Czech Republic),  Motoron (Turkey), MotoSi (Slovenia), MotorWereld (Belgium), PS Magazin  (Germany), Revista Moto (Mexico), SuperBike (South Africa), Swiat  Motocykli (Poland).

The results of the IBOTY 2011

  1. BMW K 1600 GT (41 points)
  2. Ducati Diavel (32 points)
  3. Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC (22 points)
  4. BMW K 1600 GTL (18 points)
  5. BMW S 1000 RR and Kawasaki ZX 10R (16 points each)