The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, provided the stunning backdrop for last night’s 2012 MCN Awards, as dignitaries from the motorcycle industry joined senior MCN staff under the wings of Concorde in anticipation of winning a coveted trophy.
The majority of the awards were presented early in the evening, with the headline honour of ‘Machine of the Year’ being presented after dinner to BMW’s Ian Furse in recognition of the S1000RR’s class-defining ability.
It’s the second time that the S1000RR has scooped the award, having also taken the accolade its debut year, 2010.
As Triumph marks its 110th Anniversary, they had further cause for celebration after scooping the prestigious ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ honour, in addition to the Tiger Explorer taking an individual class win for ‘Best adventure bike’.
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The awards list in full
Manufacturer of the Year – Triumph
Overall Machine of the Year – BMW S1000RR
Best Tourer – BMW K1600 GT
Best Naked (Middleweight) – Ducati Streetfighter 848
Best Naked (Unlimited) – Aprilia Tuono V4 R
Best Cruiser – Victory High Ball
Best Adventure Bike – Triumph Tiger Explorer
Best Retro Style – Moto Guzzi V7
Best All Rounder – Honda NC700X
Best Sports bike (middleweight) – Suzuki GSX-R600
Best Sports bike (unlimited) – BMW S1000RR
Best 125cc – Aprilia RS4 125
Best 250cc – Suzuki Inazuma 250
Best Scooter – Honda Vision 110
Other awards presented in advance of the evening were:
Dave Taylor Lifetime Achievement: Robert Fearnall
Dealer of the year (multiple outlet): Laguna Motorcycles
Dealer of the year (single outlet): Dobles Motorcycles
Wholesaler of the year: Oxford Products
Clothing & Accessory retailer of the year: Grand Prix Legends
Product of the year (clothing/accessory): Knox Venture shirt
Product of the year (tyre): Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact