Honda's CBR600RR road bike is the first Supersport machine to win the prestigious Motor Cycle News 'Machine of the Year' award.

A panel of senior MCN staff including editor Marc Potter gave the versatile British Supersport Championship-winning machine the highest accolade - normally reserved for bigger machines - along with the under-601cc award.

In the 'Over-601cc' category, Suzuki's GSX-R1100 - the winner in 2001 - took the top vote from the experts. Suzuki also scooped the 'Sports Tourer' category with their V-Twin SV1000 for it's ability to cruise the distance then mix it with the best of them at footpeg scraping.

The best 'All Rounder' award went to Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, 'Top Cruiser' was Harley Davidson's distinctive V-Rod and 'Best Trail Bike' went to KTM's Adventure; the company also winning 'Manufacturer of the Year' for their innovation, thanks to the Super Duke 990 and RC8 concept machine.

Kawasaki won the hearts of the judges in off-road department with its KX250F - a culmination of pooling resources with Suzuki to develop the semi-dry sump machine and Yamaha's TZR50 claimed the 'Scooter and Moped of the Year' award.

'Motorcyclist of the Year' was Dr. Ken German, the Metropolitan Police's bike theft expert who has spent more than 30 years fighting bike crime, 'Lifetime Achievement' went to recently-retired Honda engineer Tadao Baba, the creator of the company's modern sports bikes including the FireBlade and 'Man of the Year' - voted for by MCN readers - was world Superbike king Neil Hodgson.