Results of the 2020 MOTORRAD readers’ election – Motorbike of the year 2020

Results of the 2020 MOTORRAD readers' election - Motorbike of the year 2020

45,178 participants, 220 models, 10 categories – this is how the MOTORRAD readers’ election 2020 can be summarized in numbers. You can read here which models won in the individual categories.

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In the MOTORRAD readers’ election, you, our readers, become a critical and committed jury every year. You choose your favorite bikes in ten categories. And not only are we curiously looking at it, but the entire industry. You have chosen from a total of 220 models in the following categories: Tourers / sports tourers, athletes, enduro / supermotos, choppers / cruisers, naked bikes, crossovers, modern classics, beginners, 125cc and scooters. You can read which models are in the front in the respective category in the next few paragraphs.

Tourer / sports tourer

  1. BMW R 1250 RS
  2. KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
  3. Ducati SuperSport

Where the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT was enthroned last year, the BMW R 1250 RS will be in 2020. This puts the KTM in second place. Third place for this year will not go to the BMW R 1250 RT, but to the Ducati SuperSport.


  1. BMW S 1000 RR
  2. Ducati Panigale V4 R
  3. Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade

The battle for the top between Bavaria and Bologna is traditionally fought here. Like last year, the BMW S 1000 RR won in 2020 and the Ducati Panigale V4 R remained in second place. But something has changed in 3rd place: The Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade wins bronze. The Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse achieved this in 2019.

Chopper / cruiser

  1. Triumph Rocket 3
  2. Triumph Bonneville Bobber
  3. Ducati Diavel 1260

Anyone who thinks that Harley leads the cruiser category is wrong. Last year the Bonneville Bobber from Triumph was in first place, this year it will be replaced by another Triumph, namely the Rocket 3. After all, so that the triumphs do not get bored among themselves, the Ducati Diavel 1260 rolls to third place, whereby it is just under 0.1 percentage points behind the second-placed Bobber.

Enduro / super motos

  1. BMW R 1250 GS
  2. Honda CRF 1100 L Africa Twin
  3. Yamaha Tenere 700

No surprise in first place in this category with the BMW R 1250 GS, but a nice variety of brands. The new Honda CRF 1100 L Africa Twin seamlessly replaces its predecessor, which also took second place in 2019. We welcome a newcomer in third place in the reader’s choice – the Yamaha Tenere 700. In 2019, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT was still there.


  1. BMW S 1000 XR
  2. Ducati Hypermotard 950
  3. BMW F 900 XR

In this category, a BMW also holds the number 1 position – it is the S 1000 XR. The Hypermotard 950, which was chosen third last year, improves to second place, while another BMW rounds out the top three with the new F 900 XR.

Naked bikes

  1. Ducati Streetfighter V4
  2. KTM 1290 Super Duke R
  3. BMW R 1250 R

Do rolls the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 around the corner and refers the victorious KTM 1290 Super Duke R to 2nd place. In third place is the BMW R 1250 R. The two newcomers from Ducati and BMW in the top 3 have to give way to Indian FTR 1200 and Aprilia Tuono, which were still in second and third place in 2019.

Modern classics

  1. Kawasaki Z 900 RS
  2. BMW R nineT / R
  3. BMW R nineT Scrambler

The Kawasaki Z 900 RS holds its place here, followed by the BMW R nineT in second place, which already knows its place from the previous year. The BMW R nineT Scrambler, on the other hand, is new in third place, the last one was occupied by the Triumph Thruxton 1200.


  1. KTM 390 Duke
  2. Honda CB 500 F / CBR 500 R
  3. Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

The KTM 390 Duke has already won first place in this category from the previous year. But there are changes: Where the 500 Honda still had to share a rank with the BMW G 310 R in 2019, it now proudly stands alone. And the smallest of the Ducati Scrambler family fills 3rd place.


  1. KTM 125 Duke
  2. Honda Monkey 125
  3. Aprilia RS 125

There will be no big surprises with the light motorcycles 2020. The KTM 125 Duke is stable in 1st place, followed by Honda Monkey 125 and Aprilia RS 125 / Replica. In Aprilia Aprilia made it to Honda.


  1. Vespa GTS Super 300
  2. Yamaha TMAX Tech MAX
  3. BMW C 650

At this point we could almost call the Vespa the GS among the scooters because it sticks to first place, just like the R 1250 GS in the Enduro category. The Yamaha TMAX, which is very popular in Europe, shared third place with the BMW C 650 last year. In 2020, the large Yamaha scooter took second place on its own, the BMW C 650 ranked third and the electric scooter BMW C- Evolution, ranked second last year, leaves the top three.


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