September 1 2009.

MCN has announced the all new format for the 2009 MCN Awards - the "Oscars" of the motorcycling industry. There will be two separate occasions at which excellence within this great industry will be recognised and applauded.

Firstly, to coincide with the Carole Nash International Motorcycle & Scooter Show at the Birmingham NEC, on the morning of Thursday, 26th November 2009, the following awards will be presented:-

- The overall 'MCN Machine of the Year'
- Sports Tourer
- Tourer
- Best Naked
- Best All Rounder 750cc + under
- Best All Rounder 751cc + over
- Sports Bike 600cc + under
- Sports Bike 601cc + over
- Trailie/Trailie Style
- Cruiser
- Manufacturer of the Year

Plus two new categories for 2009:-
- 'Best Machine for New Riders' (33bhp + under)
- Best Scooter

The remaining MCN Award winners will be presented live, on stage, in front of thousands of motorcycling fans, at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at London's eXcel, which takes place on Thursday 4th February, 2010.

All nominees will also be invited to the exclusive MCN after show drinks party, which takes place at eXcel on the same evening.

- MCN Man of the Year voted for by MCN's readers
- MCN's 'Biking Hero' Award voted for by MCN's readers
- The Dave Taylor 'Lifetime Achievement' Award
- Clothing & Accessory Retailer of the Year
- Product of the Year - Clothing
- Product of the Year - Accessory/Service
- Product of the Year - Tyre
- Dealer of the Year with only one outlet
- Dealer of the Year with more than one outlet
- Wholesaler of the Year

Gareth Ashman, Commercial Director, Motorcycling, at Bauer Media comments: "The 2009 Awards promise to be as prestigious as ever, but this year we have put a practical spin on the format, by splitting the awards across the two biggest dates in the UK motorcycling calendar. In a challenging year, this will effectively mean less time and expense for dealers and manufacturers, as well as allowing the motorcycling public to be part of the celebrations."

Voting opens on Monday, 14th September - for more information, and to register your vote, go to  

The closing date for 26th November '09 awards is Friday, 30th October 2009.

The closing date for 4th February '10 awards is Friday, 18th December 2009.