The Ducati Panigale V4S has scooped the Bike of the Year award in this year's coveted Auto Trader Best Bike Awards —
The Ducati Panigale V4S has scooped the Bike of the Year award in this year's coveted Auto Trader Best Bike Awards, and it seems the verdict was unanimous. Now in its fifth year, the awards are bigger than ever, featuring more contenders from various manufacturers to find the best bikes on the market; from summer rides to trackside toys. The Panigale V4S, from the Italian stable, was the undeniable favourite with judges, also securing the title of 'Best Sports Bike'.
Auto Trader Guest Judge, Andrew Shim - best known as 'Milky' in the film and TV series - This is England - commented: "The Ducati V4S is by far the superior bike this year. I own a Ducati V4S and I can say first hand that Ducati haven't just moved the goal posts with the V4S; they've changed the game."
As well as claiming two new awards (Overall Winner and Best Sports Bike) for their trophy cabinet, the Italian manufacturer also collected two further accolades, as their Ducati Scrambler 1100 was nominated for Best Retro and their Ducati Monster 821 for Best Middleweight. Racer and all-round bike enthusiast, Andrew, joined Phil West and Rob Morphet on this year's panel, establishing a unique judging panel that borrows diverse talent from across the biking industry.
Multiple categories and awards
With 13 categories from 16 different manufacturers, Auto Trader's Best Bike Awards reveal the best machines on two wheels, whether you're a first-time rider looking for a humble 50cc, or an adrenaline junkie seeking a 200+bhp superbike. Auto Trader's Best Bike Awards aim to help every biker find their ideal motorcycle.
The judging panel rode thousands of miles to test over 36 models and compile the year's list of the most impressive bikes on the market. Reliability, running costs, appearance, practicality, performance and technical advancements were all considered by judges as they put together this well-informed list of winners.
The winners of the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 are: 1. 2018 Overall Winner: Ducati Panigale V4S 2. Best Sports: Ducati Panigale V4S 3. Best Tourer: Honda GL1800 Gold Wing 4. Best Cruiser: 2018 Harley Davidson Fat Bob 5. Best Sports Tourer: Yamaha Tracer 900 GT 6. Best Retro: CCM Spitfire Flat Tracker 7. Best Adventure: BMW R1200GS Adventure 8. Best Naked: Triumph Speed Triple RS 9. Best Middleweight: Suzuki SV650X 10. Best A1: Aprilia SX125 11. Best AM: Peugeot Speedfight 50 12. Best A2: Kawasaki Ninja 400 13. Best Scooter:
Honda X-ADV Rob Morphet, Director for Auto Trader Bikes and Auto Trader Best Bike Awards judge said: "Auto Trader Bikes attracts over a million users a month, and the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards has become increasingly valuable to our audience in their search for their next dream bike."
“The success of the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards relies on the trust we have built in the marketplace. Our impartial awards, now in its fifth year, brings independent judges together to celebrate the best bikes available in each category, giving honest and transparent advice and guidance to UK bikers."
Speaking of the competition in this year's awards, Rob adds: "This year's awards have been really tough. Our shortlisted bikes are all brilliant machines in their own right, and each one was passionately ridden, discussed and debated. That said, we had to eventually reach a consensus and pick a winner. So kudos to all manufacturers that made our shortlist and a huge congratulations to all of our winners in each category, coming out on top in what was our most competitive Auto Trader Best Bike Awards to date."
Motorcycling Journalist and Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 Judge, Phil West, said: "Biking is on its way back with more and more varied new machines on offer than in recent memory. Whatever your taste, whether it's for fashionable retros, café racers, or ultra-sophisticated sportsters or grand tourers, there's something out there for you, and the Auto Trader Bike Awards does a brilliant job of directing you to your perfect bike."
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About the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 - for the 5th Annual Auto Trader Best Bike Awards A total of 36 motorcycles we're tested from 16 manufacturers, which included bike suitable for all levels of riders including learners and CBT riders.
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