BMW continues to dominate the highly-competitive sportbike class with its top shelf S1000RR (starting at $15,050). In its third year of production, the German superbike keeps on impressing with the visceral yet well-metered performance of its one-liter Inline Four engine and versatile and highly-adaptable chassis.
An advanced, straight forward, and easy-to-use electronics suite helps make the bike’s massive performance more readily achievable in virtually all riding conditions—both on the street and track. Plus the motorcycle features exquisite craftsmanship and design detail that we’ve come to expect from the European motorsport powerhouse.
Although it didn’t walk away with the win in stock form, in the modified version of this year’s 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track shootout—it was certainly close. On the street, however, it was another story, with it once again handily beating the competition for the third consecutive year. Despite being a few years old now, the BMW has what it takes to retain the No. 1 spot and is our undisputed choice for Sportbike of the Year. And with a new, up-spec HP4 variation due next year, it doesn’t look like the BMW is going to be knocked off its pedestal anytime soon.
Motorcycle USA Best of 2012 Awards
Rider of the Year 2012: Max Biaggi
Manufacturer of the Year 2012: KTM
Best Cruiser 2012: Ducati Diavel
Best Sportbike 2012: BMW S1000RR
Best Street Bike 2012: Triumph Speed Triple R
Best Touring Motorcycle 2012: BMW K1600 GTL
Best Adventure Motorcycle 2012: Triumph Tiger Explorer
Best Enduro 2012: Beta 450 RR
Best Dual Sport 2012: Kawasaki KLR650
Best Motocross Motorcycle 2012: Kawasaki KX450F
Best ATV 2012: Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT
Best UTV 2012: Polaris RZR XP4 900
Motorcycle of the Year 2012: Kawasaki ZX-14R