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BMW Motorcycles snag two spots on Rider Magazine's 2001 top ten list

Two BMW motorcycle models the BMW K 1200 RS and the BMW R 1150 GS have been named to Rider magazine's 2001 top ten list. The annual awards, featured in the June 2001 issue, recognize the top motorcycles in ten different classes, as well as the Aftermarket Product of the Year.

The BMW K 1200 RS was named Rider's Top Sport-Touring bike as compared against other models such as the Aprilia Futura, Buell Thunderbolt S3T, the Ducati ST2 and ST4, Honda VFR 800FI Interceptor, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11, Suzuki Katana 750, and the Triumph Sprint ST, all of which, Rider editors state, don't quite offer as good a combination of sport-touring performance, value and accessories.

With its 61-inch wheelbase and its smooth 130-horsepower engine, the K 1200 RS is designed for comfortable, expeditious two-up travel. Nearly everything that touches the rider can by adjusted for a perfect fit, including the seat, handlebars, footpegs, clutch, brake levers and windshield.

The BMW R 1150 GS was selected as Rider's top adventure-touring motorcycle over other eligible models such as the Aprilia Pegaso 650, the Kawasaki KLR659, KTM 640 Adventure R, Triumph Tiger and Moto Guzzi Quota 1100 ES. From the Paris-Dakar Rally to the International Iron Butt Rally, the GS has been a consistent top performer and is one of the most popular bikes of all time for endurance riders. Equipped with standard ABS II, the BMW R 1150 GS allows the rider to make straight, sure stops, particularly on wet roads or slippery surfaces.

Rider's editors chose the Top Ten winners from the U.S. lineup of motorcycles designated as 2001 models. Eligibility for the Bike of the Year award was and always is limited to models that are all-new or significantly changed for the model year in question. In order to be judged, all motorcycles had to be available to the editors by March 15, 2001. The winners were considered without aftermarket accessories, although factory options, such as hard saddlebags, were included and weighed against their additional cost.

Candidates were judged on a number of factors, including cost, comfort for long rides, styling, engine performance and more.

The current model line of BMW motorcycles available at BMW retail centers has won numerous honors from the enthusiast and lifestyle press in the U.S., including seven "Motorcycle of the Year" awards.

Reflecting this praise, BMW motorcycle sales continue to set a record pace for growth with an increase of nearly 14 percent over last year.

Author Notes:

Terry Bilt contributes and publishes news editorial to  A buyers guide to all types of motorcycle helmets plus shields, googles, custom and wired radio helmets.

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