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13th October 2004 Home: Automotive & Design News: Design: 2004 Motorcycle Design Awards

2004 Motorcycle Design Awards

This year's honours for motorcycle design are presented

The Motorcycle Design Association met recently to celebrate the industry's best work and to confer awards upon the designers behind the vehicles. This year saw the introduction of a new category for 'Junior Motorcycles', giving credit to the design achievements made by those working in one of the fastest growing sectors.

Winners of this year's awards were as follows:


Overall winner of the 2004 Motorcycle Design Trophy

Yamaha MT-01


Supersport Category

1 - Bimota DB5
2 - Kawasaki ZX-6
3 - BMW K1200S


Motorcycle - Open Category (200cc and above)

1 - KTM RC8 / Venom
2 - Yamaha MT-01
3 - Benelli TNT + Derbi Mulhacén (equal votes)


Motorcycle - Junior Category (up to 200cc)

1 - Rieju RS2 Matrix
2 - Yamaha XT125
3 - Derbi SM


Scooters & Commuters Category

1 - Derbi GP1
2 - Aprilia Sport City
3 - Honda Zoomer + Generic XDR (equal votes)


Concept Bike Category

1 - Honda Griffon
2 - Confederate Wraith
3 - Yamaha Tricker Pro


In addition to the five category awards, the MDA voted for one outstanding overall model to receive the annual Motorcycle Design Trophy. This year's award goes to the Yamaha MT-01, and the trophy was presented to Atsushi Ishiyama, President of GK Dynamics.

Atsushi Ishiyama,was also awarded Honorary Membership of the MDA. To commemorate the event, Ishiyama-san received an engraved plaque during the Intermot Designers Night in Munich on 14th September. During the evening, he made a presentation of his work with Yamaha which now spans four decades, during which he has been responsible for countless Yamaha production models.

If you would like more details of the awards, or the Motorcycle Design Association, visit their website: www.motorcycledesign.com



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