THE BIKES

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1. MCN ma­chine of the year 2015 — Kawasaki Ninja H2 £22,000

What our judges said in 2015: "It’s the fastest pro­duc­tion bike we’ve ever tested and does 0-180mph in 15.23s… and just 800 me­ters! Award­ing the H2 our Ma­chine of the Year is one of the eas­i­est de­ci­sions we’ve ever made."

2. MCN Ma­chine of the Year 2012 — BMW S1000RR From £13,850

What our judges said in 2012: “It’s the sec­ond time the stag­ger­ingly ca­pa­ble su­per­bike has won the award — the last time was 2010. It scarcely seemed pos­si­ble to im­prove on the orig­i­nal bike, but they’ve done it.”

3. MCN ma­chine of the year 2014 — Yamaha MT-07 £5349

What our judges said in 2014: “There are bikes that come along ev­ery now and then that re­set the stan­dard, jolt the mar­ket and make a mark. In sales, in strat­egy, in the minds of mo­tor­cy­clists: this is such a ma­chine.”

4. MCN Ma­chine of the Year 2013 — BMW R1200GS From £12,185

What our judges said in 2013: "There’s no get­ting away from the fact the new GS in­stantly comes over as be­ing a class above its ri­vals. It’s sump­tu­ously comfy, has en­ergy, verve and de­liv­ers a whole lot of fun. "

5. MCN Ma­chine of the Year 2011 — Du­cati Di­avel From £14,495

What our judges said in 2011: “It’s redefined the cruiser class with un­prece­dented per­for­mance and han­dling. We’ve never known a bike to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions by such a huge mar­gin. It should ap­peal to an en­tirely new mar­ket for Du­cati.”

What are the MCN awards?

Right the way through MCN’S 61-year his­tory, the MCN Awards have cel­e­brated the best mo­tor­cy­cles of the year, life­time achieve­ments, out­stand­ing peo­ple and prod­ucts. But the award ev­ery man­u­fac­turer wants is the highly cov­eted Over­all Ma­chine of the Year, won in the past by such greats as the Blade, R1 and 916.

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