If you’re thinking about getting a motorbike, it is important to pick out one of the most reliable brands on the road.
With all the different motorcycle brands out there, how do you know which is the best?
Consumer reports found that owners of Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycles were the most satisfied with their bikes.
Honda & Yamaha have the Most Sales. Kawasaki & Yamaha for Best Performance and Track Racing. Honda & Yamaha for Best Chassis. Suzuki for most affordable and cheapest of the Japanese.
Deciding which bike is best for you depends on how you use it, what your aesthetic is, and your experience as a rider.
Each of the 20 best motorcycle brands started differently and offer a different customer experience.
Hero is an Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer based in New Delhi, India. The company is the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world, and also in India, where it has a market share of about 46% in the two-wheeler category.
(Official Site: www.heromotocorp.com)
Bimota is a small Italian manufacturer of custom and production motorcycles. It was founded in 1973 in Rimini, Italy by Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini. The company name is a portmanteau derived from the first two letters of each of the three founders’ surnames, Bianchi Morri Tamburini.
(Official Site: www.bimota.it)
Victory Motorcycles was an American motorcycle manufacturer with its final assembly facility in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, northwestern Iowa, United States. It began production of its vehicles in 1998 and began winding down operations in January 2017.
Its parent company, Polaris Industries, created Victory following the modern success of Harley-Davidson. Victory’s motorcycles were designed to compete directly with Harley-Davidson and similar American-style motorcycle brands, with V-twin engines and touring, sport-touring, and cruiser configurations. The first Victory, the V92C, was announced in 1997 and began selling in 1998. The Victory was profitable for a number of years (beginning in 2002) but failed to turn a profit three of its last five years.
(Official Site: www.victorymotorcycles.com)
Cagiva was an Italian motorcycle manufacturer. It was founded in 1950 by Giovanni Castiglioni in Varese, originally producing small metal components. Giovanni’s sons, Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni went into the motorcycle industry in 1978. The name is a portmanteau derived from the founder’s name ‘Giovanni Castiglioni’ and the founding location, i.e. Castiglioni Giovanni Varese.
(Official Site: www.cagiva.it)
Bajaj is a global two-wheeler and three-wheeler Indian manufacturing company. Bajaj Auto is the world’s sixth-largest manufacturer of motorcycles and the second-largest in India. It is the world’s largest three-wheeler manufacturer.
(Official Site: www.bajajauto.com)
Benelli is one of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturers. Established in 1911, It once manufactured shotguns, although this part of the business is now a separate company.
(Official Site: www.benelli.com)
Indian is an American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles, but the name was changed to the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company in 1928.
(Official Site: www.indianmotorcycle.com)
Royal Enfield, originally a subsidiary of British motorcycle company Royal Enfield and now its successor, is an Indian motorcycle manufacturing brand with the tag of “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production” manufactured in factories in Chennai in India.
(Official Site: www.royalenfield.com)
Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production. Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy.
(Official Site: www.motoguzzi.com)
MV Agusta, originally Meccanica Verghera Agusta, is a motorcycle manufacturer founded on 12 February 1945 near Milan in Cascina Costa, Italy.
(Official Site: www.mvagusta.com)
KTM is an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer owned by KTM Industries AG and Indian manufacturer Bajaj Auto. It was formed in 1992 but traces its foundation to as early as 1934. Today, KTM AG is the parent company of the KTM Group.
(Official Site: www.ktm.com)
Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the brands owned by Piaggio. Having started as a manufacturer of bicycles it moved on to manufacture scooters and small-capacity motorcycles. In more recent times Aprilia has produced large sportbikes such as the 1,000 cc V-twin RSV Mille and the V4 RSV4. Aprilia has enjoyed considerable success in road-racing.
(Official Site: www.aprilia.com)
Suzuki is a Japanese company that manufactures motorcycles. They make all sorts of motorcycles ranging from street use motorcycles to dirt bikes and compete in MotoGP with the UK based Rizla Suzuki team. Suzuki’s corporate colors are blue and white, as seen on the European range of GSXR sports bikes.
(Official Site: www.suzukicycles.com)
Harley-Davidson, or Harley, is an American motorcycle manufacturer, founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903.
(Official Site: www.harley-davidson.com)
BMW Motorrad is the motorcycle brand of the German company BMW, part of its Corporate and Brand Development division. The current General Director of the unit is Hendrik von Kuenheim. BMW Motorrad has produced motorcycles since 1923 and achieved record sales for the fifth year in succession in 2015.
(Official Site: www.bmwmotorcycles.com)
Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer, established in 1983 by John Bloor after the original company Triumph Engineering went into receivership. Over 85 percent of motorcycles are now sold in overseas markets, but the 9,400 motorcycles sold in the UK in 2017 represents a record for the company.
(Official Site: www.triumphmotorcycles.com)
Kawasaki is a Japanese company famous for making motorcycles, among other things. Its slogan is “Let the good times roll!”.
(Official Site: www.kawasaki-cp.khi.co.jp)
Ducati is the motorcycle-manufacturing division of Italian company Ducati, headquartered in Bologna, Italy. The company is owned by German automotive manufacturer Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini, which is in turn owned by the Volkswagen Group.
(Official Site: www.ducati.com)
Honda is currently the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Based in Tokyo, Japan, the Big Red Wing gained massive popularity with the release of the Super Cub in 1958 and carries on the tradition today with the CBR, Gold Wing, and CRF models. Honda, along with Yamaha, has always been known as one of the technological leaders in the two-wheeled world, much of this a result of their extensive racing history.
(Official Site: powersports.honda.com)
Yamaha is motorcycle sales are the second largest in the world Outboard motor and Yamaha is the world leader in water vehicle sales.