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MBI 2006 Motorcycling Star Awards

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May 14, 2006

The Ugliest New Motorcycle Award – the Boss Hoss BHC-3 502

The Ugliest New Motorcycle Award – the Boss Hoss BHC-3 502

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May 15, 2006 A new organization of independent internet writers has banded together as Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI) and created the Motorcycling Star awards. The first annual awards were announced last week and like most blogs, the informal approach is refreshing and knowledge factor high, so the awards have cred in our not usually very humble opinion. The Motorcycling Star awards are for noteworthy achievements ("Stars") and lapses of judgment ("Fallen Stars") in the motorcycle industry. Any new motorcycle or related product, service, event or action by an individual or organization is eligible for an award and amongst the gongs are such original awards as the ugliest new motorcycle (Boss Hoss), the Object of Lust (MV Agusta Tamborini), the Wish We'd Thought of That Award (SportVue MC2 Heads Up Display ) and the Best New Everyday Motorcycle (Triumph Scrambler).

May 15, 2006 A new organization of independent internet writers has banded together as Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI) and created the Motorcycling Star awards. The first annual awards were announced last week and like most blogs, the informal approach is refreshing and knowledge factor high, so the awards have cred in our not usually very humble opinion. The Motorcycling Star awards are for noteworthy achievements ("Stars") and lapses of judgment ("Fallen Stars") in the motorcycle industry. Any new motorcycle or related product, service, event or action by an individual or organization is eligible for an award and amongst the gongs are such original awards as the ugliest new motorcycle (Boss Hoss), the Object of Lust (MV Agusta Tamborini), the Wish We'd Thought of That Award (SportVue MC2 Heads Up Display ) and the Best New Everyday Motorcycle (Triumph Scrambler).

The MBI awards are similar in concept to other site specific Internet awards but instead of voting for best internet sites, over 100 million motorcycle riders worldwide can vote to recognize the achievements of people who contribute to the betterment of motorcycling. They can also vote in different categories for motorcycles and motorcycle related products. For the inaugural 2006 awards MBI members served as both nominators and judges. Planning is currently underway to open the process to the motorcycle riding public for the 2007 awards. The 2006 winners are:

Standing Ovation Award - Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman took out this gong for the Long Way Round Book & TV series. “We felt that with the book and more importantly the TV series/DVD, Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman had captured the imagination of the general public of adventure motorcycle riding,” said Werner. “We've heard of many people who after seeing the series decided they wanted to go motorcycling.”

Object of Lust Award - MV Agusta F4-1000 Tamburini

The MV Agusta F4-1000 Tamburini took this award. “An Italian sculpture on wheels, chosen due to its very high sex appeal,” says Werner. “The styling is pure Italian, the technical performance is a dream, and unfortunately, it's price tag a nightmare. It's one of those bikes that you can only dream off.”

Wish we'd thought of that Award - SportVue MC2 Heads Up Display

Like most of these awards, we thoroughly concur with the MBI choice of the SportVue MC2 Heads Up Display. “We selected the MC2 Heads Up Display due to it's high tech approach to safety,” says Werner. “We liked the way that we can now ride our bike and keep our eyes on the road without having to check speed, specially in today's digital radar madness.”

Best Web Presence - BMW

“We thought that the BMW websites informed the customer the best,” says Werner. “With its configurator, stories, newsletters and very detailed information, it satisfies the information hungry reader the best.”

Most Promising New Concept Motorcycle - Ducati HyperMotard

Not surprisingly, this award went to Ducati’s HyperMotard concept which has been lauded by motrcycle journalists everywhere. “It’s sexy and stylish and was seen, almost unanimously as the most promising motorcycle concept,” says Werner. “It has everything we'd look for in a new motorcycle; versatility, power, performance.”

Best New Everyday Motorcycle - Triumph Scrambler

This award went to the Triumph Scrambler. “The new Scrambler has everything required for an every day motorcycle,” explainsWerner. “Looks, ease of use, it’s light, it's a bike that can be used anywhere, on road and even off road. You can throw it around, go into the city for a loaf of bread.”

The Thumbs Down Award - Jeremy Clarkson

This one went to BBC Top Gear's frontman Jeremy Clarkson, “for generating hate towards motorbikers.” MBI’s Mike Werner explains, “despite the fact that most people like Top Gear and its host presenter, Jeremy's humour doesn't translate well internationally when he "attacks" motorcycle riders.” “He is a well known figurehead, and should realize that there are a lot of people out there that pay attention to what he says, and we don't want them getting any ideas, like “stringing a piece of cheese wire over the road."

The What Were They Thinking Award - Harley-Davidson Coffee

“Harley should stick to making motorcycles,” says Werner. “We've seen far too much merchandising, but coffee is the last drop.... pun intended.”

The Ugliest New Motorcycle Award – the Boss Hoss BHC-3 502

“It's a monster! It looks big, it is big and it costs big !!” We’re not sure if we agree with this one, as wethink the Boss Hoss is one of those bikes that doesn’t look complete without someone on it – check the accompanying pic. Besides, to plagiarise a well known saying, “when you’ve got a 500 horsepower donk, it doesn’t matter if you’re ugly.”

About the Author
Mike Hanlon After Editing or Managing over 50 print publications primarily in the role of a Magazine Doctor, Mike embraced the internet full-time in 1995 and became a "start-up all-rounder" – quite a few start-ups later, he founded Gizmag in 2002. Now he can write again.   All articles by Mike Hanlon
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