2016 Triumph Street Twin Named Bike of the Year

In their “First Ride Review” of the 2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin last December, Motorcyclist Magazine described the bike as “smooth, easy to ride, and surprisingly high tech.” They praised the Street Twin for providing “the right balance of performance and accessibility,” deeming the bike as “precisely what the new entry-level Bonnie needs to be.”

Apparently, they were serious, for as we now flash forward nine months the magazine has bestowed upon the 2016 Street Twin what is arguably the industry’s most prestigious award: 2016 Motorcycle of the Year.

“To determine the Motorcycle of the Year, we analyze every motorcycle available to us and not only select the very best representation of a new motorcycle, but also the bike that helps move the industry forward,” said Andy Leisner, Vice President, Group Publisher of Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Of the great motorcycles available in 2016, the Triumph Street Twin delivers on all of its promises – attractive looks, comfort, electronic rider aids and strong performance, all at an amazingly reasonable price. It appeals to both entry-level riders and experts.”

Other MOTY honorees included:

  • Best ADV Bike: BMW R1200GS
  • Best Sport-Touring Bike: BMW R1200RT
  • Best Naked Bike: KTM 1290 Super Duke R
  • Best Cruiser: Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
  • Best Dreambike: Honda RC213V-S

In explaining the reasons behind their decision to name the 2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin as its top honoree, Motorcyclist added, “Everything about the new Bonneville lineup is new: fresh engines, new chassis, recast styling that’s both more modern and yet even more “authentic” to the Bonnevilles of the 1960s. Indeed, the entire lineup is noteworthy, from the high-performance Thruxton, through the mainline T120s, down to the entry-level Street Twin. So it should be obvious that we admire the new Bonneville lineup, but we’re calling the Street Twin the MOTY for very specific reasons: It’s amazingly good both as an entry-level streetbike and as a screaming good deal. A full-size, fully featured modern motorcycle with standard ABS and traction control should never be this good for $8,700.”

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