30 Most Impressive Motorcycles That We’d Choose Over Any Car

There’s never been a better time to buy a motorcycle. 2018 has brought us an entire fleet of super cool bikes, and it’s hard to choose just one. There are many benefits of riding motorbikes today, and it’s not just about looking cool. Motorcycles are really good on gas, and they cost a lot less to buy than cars, which means that they’re a great option in today’s economic climate. But there’s one reason everyone should consider ditching their car and getting a motorcycle. And that reason is very simple – riding them is incredibly fun! Getting from point A to B doesn’t have to be a menial chore filled with road rage – it can actually be the highlight of your day!

It doesn’t matter whether they like speedy sport bikes, retro-inspired classics, bikes that can go off-road, or even those heavy Harley-Davidsons. This list has something that everyone will love, and every reader might just find themselves confronted with quite a few bikes that appeal to them. Motorcycles might not be for the faint of heart, but these bikes may actually convert some to this wonderful hobby – making them say goodbye to their car for good.

30 2019 KTM 790 Duke

Okay, we’re pushing it a little bit on this one. This bike created a lot of hype, but it’s slated for a later than expected release date, coming to us in the fall of 2018 – which technically makes it a 2019 motorcycle. As Cycle World notes, this motorcycle isn’t expected to be cheap, but promises to deliver everything motorcycle enthusiasts are looking for in 2018. It looks unlike anything else we’ve ever seen on the road. And it’s capable of some seriously awesome racing performance, as well as stability and reliability during your average commute.

29 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

This is the first Aprilia bike in this article, and it’s probably one that’s got a lot of people talking so far in 2018. This Italian made motorcycle is incredibly sporty, and the truly unique shape and body is almost completely stripped down to the basics. But what matters is what’s inside. As Mens Journal reveals, this motorcycle provides 93 horsepower from a 900 cc engine. Don’t be fooled by its pared down appearance though, as the bike features advanced additions such as an optional bluetooth interface.

28 2018 Ducati Panigale V4

One of the only true superbikes on this list is the Ducati Panigale V4, and the 2018 edition brings us plenty of power and performance. As Cycle World notes, this motorcycle packs a mouth-watering 226 horsepower engine into a 430 pound frame, meaning this motorcycle is not for beginners, or those who prefer to go at a leisurely pace. In fact, there are probably very few people on Earth who know how to drive this motorcycle to the limit, making it one impressive beast to take on. If you take this bike to the track, be prepared to reach speeds of well over 150 mph.

27 2018 BMW R Nine T Pure

Legendary auto manufacturer BMW has been producing some of the most desirable motorcycles for may years now, and this is one of the best bikes that it currently offers. While the performance and build quality is high when it comes to BMW motorcycles, the price is often pretty steep. Well, Popular Mechanics points out that the Nine T Pure is one of the most reasonably priced bikes at $11,995. This retro-inspired bike has some seriously modern and advanced elements blended in, including a 110 horsepower engine.

26 2018 Kawasaki Z650

The Kawasaki Z650 is a solid, mid-range bike that presents a great choice for those who want ride in style. Although this might not look quite like a sport bike, it shares many characteristics with them, and its engine and chassis are built with speed very much in mind. As Popular Mechanics notes, this bike weighs 400 pounds, and provides some smooth gear shifting. In addition, the bike is pretty well-rounded, being able to handle the city or back roads with equal ease.

25 2018 Zero S ZF7.2

This Zero might not look as flashy as some of the other bikes in this article, but it’s definitely one of our top picks for 2018. Priced at a reasonable $10,995, it won’t break the bank either. Popular Mechanics has some high praise for this bike, citing its lightweight design and impressive, almost instantaneous acceleration and speed. And the reason for its incredible rate of acceleration is pretty simple – this motorcycle is fully electric, powered by a 7.2 kW battery pack. The only downside is that the battery is apparently expensive to replace.

24 2018 Indian FTR1200 Custom

Just looking at this bike can be enough to make us scream, “Shut up and take my money!” This bike has been on the wish list of motorcycle enthusiasts for quite some time, and the 2018 edition once again proves that Triumph has what it takes to get our adrenaline pumping. As Cycle World explains, this motorcycle features a lightweight design, chrome-moly frames, and state of the art suspension and brakes. This stylish, powerful bike tops out at 100 horsepower of pure fun.

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23 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Concept

This is another motorcycle that really proves that 2018 is a great year for motorcycles. This Swedish “scrambler” was one of the most talked about bikes in 2017, and this manufacturer really got people’s attention when the concepts were released. This bike definitely goes for a more “cafe racer” vibe, but this is clearly a motorcycle with tons of advanced, even futuristic additions. Its modern vibes can be seen in its clean shape, advanced engine components, and as Cycle World notes, this was a bike that got a lot of hype.

22 Royal Enfield Continental GT

If you love nothing more than a good retro motorcycle, then the best option in 2018 is clearly the newest Royal Enfield Continental GT. Motorcycle.com notes that the previous model was a slight disappointment due to its outdated single cylinder engine. The updated model fixes that problem, with the addition of an all-new parallel twin. This bike is actually made in India, which will make some buyers wary. However, with a very reasonable price of approximately $6,500, there’s really no reason not to give this motorcycle a chance.

21 2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber 

Triumph is a motorcycle manufacturer that has been around for ages, and they continue to produce some of the best bikes on the market. 2018 is no exception. This year we have been treated to an all new version of a Triumph classic, the 2018 model Bonneville Bobber. As Popular Mechanics notes, this motorcycle weighs in at 500 pounds, with a horsepower of 77. It might not be the fastest bike out there, but the blacked out detailing on this bobber is certainly one of the most stylish options in 2018.

20 2018 Suzuki GSX250R

If you’re looking for a true bargain when it comes to motorcycles, look no further than the Suzuki GSX250R in 2018. As Popular Mechanics notes, this bike is pretty much perfect for beginners, and it won’t break the bank at just $4,865. It might not be the most powerful bike on the market, but it’s sporty, good-looking, and will get you from point A to B without many issues. In case you’re wondering, revving the engine fully will give you 25 horsepower. This might not seem like much, but it give the rider incredible gas mileage, at 70 miles per gallon. As Popular Mechanics notes, that means this bike can get from LA to Las Vegas and back for about $25.

19 2018 Indian Scout Bobber

Indian is one of the most iconic and recognizable motorcycle brands, and it’s been around since almost the very beginning. These bikes have some seriously cool retro style elements, and the newest 2018 Scout models are no different. However, as Popular Mechanics points out, this bike is a step in a new direction for Indian. A few subtle but noticeable changes in the bike’s shape mean that this new ride sits lower and feels more menacing. Even the base price of $11,500 comes with impressive detailing, and that largely unchanged 100 horsepower engine.

18 2018 Suzuki SV650

There are few reasons why motorcycle enthusiasts shouldn’t choose a Suzuki SV650 in 2018. While it might not be the top bike in its class, there are tons of people who fall in love with these bikes, and because it has the lowest price point, there will always be those who ride these bikes. Motorcycle.com reminds us that this solid bike is only $7049, making it a real bargain. What you get for that money is a bike that can handle anything you throw at it – although it has no ABS.

17 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L2

This article might not be filled with true off-roading bikes, but the Honda Africa Twin is one of the best available. This super powerful bike is different from the standard model, and in 2018 the L2 version is the best choice for tackling those seriously rugged roads. According to Men’s Journal, the benefits of upgrading to the L2 include a larger fuel tank and tougher hardware, among other things. The Africa Twin has been around for a while, but it’s never been better in 2018.

16 2018 Yamaha MT-07

Yamaha is famous for making great bikes, and the MT-07 offers something that not many others can provide. You’re always going to get a better bike if you spend more money, but for $7,599, you can’t go wrong with this solid 689cc motorcycle. Men’s Journal claims that this bike delivers some of the best performance for the money of any bike in 2018, and it’s hard to argue with that claim. It weighs 400 pounds, and it’s another one of those bikes that will be fun to ride pretty much wherever you choose to take it.

15 2018 Aprilia Shiver 900

The popular Shiver from back in 2007 makes one impressive return in 2018, with tons of updates and a pretty small increase in price. This is another sporty, feisty-looking bike from Aprilia, a manufacturer that is certainly becoming a favorite among bike enthusiasts. As Popular Mechanics notes, this 896 cc engine provides 95 horsepower and one unforgettable a ride. This bike might look a little intimidating, but it’s actually quite a friendly option for new riders who want to buy their first bike.

14 2018 Yamaha Niken

Yep, they actually made this. The 2018 Yamaha Niken answers the question that almost every motorcycle enthusiast has asked themselves at some point in their life – why have one front wheel when you can have two front wheels? This technology is relatively new, and Yamaha is one of the key brands to really push this type of motorcycle in a brand new direction. It was one of the most talked about bikes when it was announced back in 2017, and as Cycle World notes, it features rear wheel drive that you can turn off.

13 Honda Gold Wing Tour

These kinds of motorcycles definitely aren’t for everyone, but if long distance touring bikes are your thing, you can’t really go wrong with the 2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour. Sure, it might seem a little uncool to some, but there’s really no better motorbike when it comes to hitting the highways for long stretches. There’s a lot with these bikes that appeals to those who want a comfortable, feature-heavy ride. These features include a 6 cylinder engine, optional automatic transmission, and adjustable suspension, according to Men’s Journal.

12 2018 Indian Scout Sixty

This beautiful bike is a classic addition to the Indian lineup, but the legendary motorcycle manufacturer discontinued it in 2015. But in 2018, it’s back again, and it’s back in style. There were some minor, irrelevant changes made to this bike that has lowered the price all the way down to $8,999. According to Motorcycle.com, the engine has been reformatted to 999cc, and it remains an amazing bike that will definitely turn some heads. This bike competes with similar models from Harley-Davidson, and many enthusiasts prefer the Indians.

11 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob

This article wouldn’t be complete without the addition of a few Harleys. The most iconic name in motorcycles remains a hit with this crowd, and the 2018 Street Bob is another fine option for lovers of Harley-Davidson. The name and reputation of this bike might come with a slightly steeper price at $14,500, but you get a solid motorcycle for that money. Popular Mechanics explains that this is one of those rare instances where Harley-Davidson has completely redesigned and re-engineered an old classic, with a lighter chassis and some modern suspension.

10 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX

In the “sport tour” classification, this bike might seem like a contradiction to some people. After all, touring motorcycles are supposed to go slow and steady, right? Well, not this one. The 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX does the unthinkable and packs 197 horsepower into this 998cc engine, and that means that the people over at Cycle World are genuinely worried about losing control over this beast with its top speed of well over 200 mph. It’s not cheap at about $22,000, but it’s definitely one of the most advanced bikes you can buy in 2018.

9 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Riders who want a bike that will take anything they throw at it will be thrilled with Triumph’s 2018 Tiger 800 XC. This is a bike that you can go on some serious adventures with, and it doesn’t matter if you’re off-roading or hurtling down the highway – the Tiger will roar on into the sunset. Cycle World notes that for an off-road bike, this machine is pretty stylish, and it’s not as rugged as some of the other motorcycles we see sliding through the dirt in 2018.

8 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

Ducati is famous for making sporty, speedy bikes designed for the track, but that’s definitely not all they’re offering in 2018. This sweet bike definitely doesn’t pull its punches though, with a 1,100cc engine capable of delivering one speedy ride. As Cycle World notes, all this power and performance packed into a bike with a more mellow vibe means that many are a little cautious to ride this beast. But hey, it’s a retro bike that probably offers more than any other in 2018.

7 2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

For those who want a classic, reliable and solid Harley-Davidson in 2018, there aren’t many better options that the Sport Glide. Looking at this bike, it’s clear that this bike relies on the time-tested formula that Harleys have relied on for so many years, but it still offers something unique and interesting for fans of this manufacturer. The folks over at Cycle World claim that this bike is interesting blend of sporty bikes and Harley-Davidson’s much loved “glide” bikes. It’s definitely a solid choice for 2018.

6 2018 Honda CB650F

Motorcycle enthusiasts will surely recognize this ride, as it’s been around for a few years now. The 2018 model delivers more of the same, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s a nice little package, which is pared down, fitting nicely into the category of similar bikes. And as Popular Mechanics notes, it has something that few of its competitors can deliver – four cylinders instead of two. This means that the bike can deliver more power than any bike in its class, topping out at 12,000 rpm when you rev this sweet engine.

5 2018 Yamaha XRS700

This is another 2018 motorcycle that clearly draws strong inspiration from the classic rides of the 60s and 70s. Yamaha has delivered us a pared down, comfortable ride with all the bells and whistles necessary for today’s riders. As Popular Mechanics notes, this bike is equipped with a 689 cc engine that delivers 50 lb-ft of torque. This bike can handle just about anything, and is a great option for just about anyone with a reasonable price tag of $8,500.

4 2018 Triumph Street Triple S

Triumph has been making amazing motorcycles for years, and with the all-new, 2018 Street Triple S, the manufacturer proves they are extremely capable of making state of the art, modern bikes. This bike won’t come cheap, but what you get for that money is a real bargain, according to Motorcycle.com. For $12,500, you get one of the best “street fighter” bikes on the market, with a respectable 765cc engine, capable of delivering up to 123 horsepower, according to some reports.

3 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

As Cycle World notes, this bike offers something that no one else seems to be delivering. People who prefer to be stylish when riding will undoubtedly be drawn towards this suave motorcycle, and for a retro-inspired bike it still delivers plenty of advanced features and power. At over 100 horsepower, this bike is still quite efficient, dropping in at around 7,000 rpm. This bike is all about modernizing the old classic bikes we loved back in the day, and it does so with with real skill.

2 2018 BMW RnineT Urban G/S

When it comes to motorcycles, BMW is proving time and time again that it’s one of the best choices. In 2018, they maintain their stellar reputation with the release of the 2018 BMW RnineT Urban G/S. This beautiful bike looks pristine with its white paint job and classy detailing, and it definitely appeals to those who want a modern, 80s-inspired retro aesthetic. And as Cycle World notes, style is a huge factor for this bike. It doesn’t really appeal to first time buyers or beginners, and it’s for those people who want another cool bike in the garage.

1 Vespa GTV

Okay, we get that this isn’t a motorcycle exactly, but we did say that we were going to create an article to appeal to everyone, and some people want something a little more… subtle than a roaring motorcycle speeding down the road at top speed. For a more leisurely ride in 2018, look no further than the Vespa GTV or similar models. But as Motorcycle.com notes, this Vespa isn’t actually as weak as you might think. With an impressive 278cc motor, this classic is fully capable of hitting high speeds on the highway.

References: popularmechanics.com, cycleworld.com, mensjournal.com, motorcycle.com

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