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BMW Motorrad claims top accolades in the 2006 RiDER POWER survey

The BMW Motorrad R1200 RT has been crowned the UK's number one motorcycle by readers of RiDE magazine in its annual RiDER POWER Survey - the fourth time a BMW motorcycle has won this coveted title in the survey's eight year history.

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The BMW Motorrad R1200 RT has been crowned the UK's number one motorcycle by
readers of RiDE magazine in its annual RiDER POWER Survey - the fourth time a
BMW motorcycle has won this coveted title in the survey's eight year history.

The R1200 RT was awarded the accolade after RiDE readers were invited to
nominate and assess their favourite bike according to a number of rating
categories. These included build quality, engine performance, rider comfort,
reliability, handling and overall impressions. The RT - which also won the 2005
MCN Best Tourer Award in its first year of production - received an overall
score of 85.14 per cent, beating 149 other motorcycles to the number one spot.

Over 10,000 readers voted in the survey and each was asked to justify their
choice of bike. "Overall this is a brilliant bike - I haven't had so much fun
in ages" said one RT owner. A second writes: "I've had no faults, build quality
or reliability issues. I'm extremely impressed with my BMW." Another claims
that his RT is "the best bike I've ever owned".

The R1200 RT is not the only BMW model to appear in the countdown. The top ten
alone features four BMWs, including the 2005 MCN Award-Winning K1200 S, which
comes in at number five with an overall score of 82.05 per cent. BMW's
sportiest-ever bike receives ample praise for its "excellent handling",
"fantastic performance" and "total reliability". The BMW R1100 GS Adventure and
K1200 RS were placed at seven and nine respectively, proving that BMW owners
continue to enjoy their bikes in the long-term. Eleven other BMW models were
featured in the countdown.

BMW Motorrad did not only excel in the Best Motorcycle section. When asked the
question "if money was no object, what bike would you buy?" a large number of
those surveyed chose the BMW R1200 GS as the motorcycle they lust after, making
the 2005 award-winning all-rounder the second most popular "dream bike".

In the 'Your Favourite Dealer' section, BMW Motorrad scored a triple victory.
Ocean BMW in Plymouth, CW Motorcycles in Dorchester and Rainbow Motorcycles in
Rotherham being placed in first, second and third position respectively in the
Best Dealer in the UK section. Ocean and CW also came top of their regional
categories. Readers cite the courteous and friendly staff, excellent service
and a wide range of BMW accessories as reasons for voting these BMW Motorrad
Dealerships as the best in the country.

When it comes to protective clothing, BMW Rider Equipment came top in the both
the Best Leather Jacket and Best leather Jeans categories - receiving votes for
comfort, protection, style and waterproofing. The BMW SportIntegral helmet was
awarded first plave in the Best for Slience category and came 12th out of 66
products in the Best Helmet category. BMW Motorrad also scored a number five
rating in the Best Glove section.


For more information on any of BMW Motorrad's products or services, customers
can call 0800 777 155 or visit

For further BMW press information please contact one of the following:

Andy Dukes / Beth Robinson 08000 131 282
Tony Jakeman 01344 480 185
Mark Harrison 01344 480 113

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