Spring Can't Come Soon Enough

2016 Has Been an Incredible Year For Motorcycles

December 9, 2016 Cars : Motorcycles By Photo by MILAGRO

The official start of winter may be just days away on the calendar, but the gray skies and cold winds have already elbowed their way into our day-to-day. Which means if you’re not part of the brave group that rides year round, or you live in a state like California where seeing snow is optional, you’ve probably already gone for this year’s last ride.

The torturous part of it is, as soon as you winterize your bike and store it until spring rolls in, you immediately start to reminisce about the more memorable rides from the past couple months. We’ve laid out a list of our favorite rides from 2016 below, but we’d like to hear about yours. Let us know on Twitter @gearpatrol or tag us in a photo from your ride on Instagram @gearpatrol.

The Bikes

Spring Can’t Come Soon Enough

e-motos-gear-patrol-lead-featured Two Electric Motorcycles You Should Clear Garage Space For

Light, agile and full of torque — everything you want in a motorcycle. These just happen to be electric. Learn More: Here

bmw-r9t-gear-lead-featured Can BMW’s Retro Roadster Win Over a Hollywood Legend?

The R NineT may be built with customizers in mind, but there’s little that needs changing from stock. Learn More: Here

ducati-monster-1200-gear-patrol-lead-featured Ducati Messed with a Classic (And Now It’s Better Than Ever)

The all-new Monster 1200S is completely different, and yet it’s more Monster than ever before. Learn More: Here

ural-sidecar-gear-patrol-lead-featured A Man, His Wife and a Sidecar Adventure

A sidecar-equipped Ural is a slow-moving, stubborn beast. But it’s also the ultimate ride for travel partners seeking unique adventures. Learn More: Here

honda-grom-gear-patrol-feature The Honda Grom Proves Good Things Still Come in Small Packages

So few motos can remind you what it’s like to be a (big) kid again. Learn More: Here

For When When the Weather Takes a Turn


Pump the water away, get some grip back and keep it shiny-side up. Read the Story

mg-bagger-gear-patrol-feature Moto Guzzi Builds a Carbon Fiber Bagger, with Swagger

The Moto Guzzi MGX-21 sticks out like a matte-black middle finger amongst the sea of chrome at Sturgis Rally. Learn More: Here

Gear-Patrol-Honda-Africa-Twin-Feature An Off-Road Motorcycle with a Polarizing Transmission

The 2016 Africa Twin is billed as the second coming of Honda’s legendary Dakar winner. We took one out through Moab to see why. Learn More: Here

aprilla-gear-patrol-feature Falling In Love with a Do-It-All Italian Superbike

The Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory is a track-day weapon that boasts a racer’s build sheet and a street fighter’s stance, and it makes an excellent argument for single bike ownership. Learn More: Here

ducati-scrambler-sixty2-gear-patrol-feature The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is the Perfect First Bike

You don’t need a big engine and mountains of power to have fun on two wheels. The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is proof. Learn More: Here

triumph-thruxton-r-gear-patrol-feature Triumph Makes a Cafe Racer for the 21st Century

Cafe racers are meant to evoke the past, but Triumph’s all new Thruxton R is every bit a modern-day motorcycle. And it’s well worth the wait. Learn More: Here

Ducati-X-Diavel-Gear-Patrol-Lead-Feature Is This Ducati’s First Cruiser?

It’s a 156 horsepower hellion with a rear tire wider than most cars’, a 30-degree rake, launch control and and more. But is it really a cruiser? Learn More: Here