This Year in Gear

The 35 Top Motorcycles of 2018


December 24, 2018 Briefings By

Right out of the gate, 2018 was shaping up to be an incredible year for motorcycles. From January onward, important and exciting motorcycle announcements kept up a steady flow. From new bikes, helmets and gear to beautiful old classics going up for sale, these are some of the best two-wheel announcements to come from 2018.

Is This Minimal Dirtbike the Future of Trail Riding?
Is This Minimal Dirtbike the Future of Trail Riding?

An all-electric dirtbike that weighs just 150 pounds and can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge.

One of the World’s Most Beautiful Classic Motorcycle Collections Is Now Open to the Public
One of the World’s Most Beautiful Classic Motorcycle Collections Is Now Open to the Public

The Art of the Italian Two Wheel exhibition in Miami, Florida celebrates over 30 motorcycles from Parr's private collection.

Skip the New BMW R Nine T, Save $10,000, Get the Classic Instead
Skip the New BMW R Nine T, Save $10,000, Get the Classic Instead

If you're more interested in classic style and prefer the analog way of life, there's a 1978 BMW R80/7 ready for a new home.

A New ADV Motorcycle Suit I Would Trust to Wear On Another 7 Day Ride
A New ADV Motorcycle Suit I Would Trust to Wear On Another 7 Day Ride

Aether Apparel has a knack for making incredibly rugged and tactical motorcycle gear while eschewing the over-designed style that runs rampant throughout the market.

The First Motorcycle Helmet With a Crash Detection System
The First Motorcycle Helmet With a Crash Detection System

Quin will be the first brand to bring a helmet motorcycle to market with an integrated crash detection system.

Own a Beautiful Vintage Ducati Without Destroying Your Bank Account
Own a Beautiful Vintage Ducati Without Destroying Your Bank Account

It's not very often you see a vintage Ducati in such good condition going for such a temptingly-low price.

This Beautiful Cafe Racer Commuter Bike Only Costs $2,800
This Beautiful Cafe Racer Commuter Bike Only Costs $2,800

Electric bikes, whether pedal assisted or not, are growing in popularity. Now Onyx brings you a vintage-style cafe racer option.

Looking For a Capable, Lightweight Adventure Motorcycle? This Is It
Looking For a Capable, Lightweight Adventure Motorcycle? This Is It

The Alta Motors EXR adopts the silhouette of the modern enduro and employs the latest, lightweight, performance-packed quick-charging electric motor technology.

This New Line of Vintage Helmets From AGV Is Absolutely Stunning
This New Line of Vintage Helmets From AGV Is Absolutely Stunning

AGV just launched its own new line of vintage helmets, the Legends Collection and it's beautiful.

The FTR 1200 Is the Motorcycle Harley-Davidson Is Too Afraid To Build
The FTR 1200 Is the Motorcycle Harley-Davidson Is Too Afraid To Build

Indian is breaking the American cruiser tradition with the all-new flat track-style FTR 1200, and it's about damn time.

The Most Iconic Triumph of All Time Is Coming Out of Hiding
The Most Iconic Triumph of All Time Is Coming Out of Hiding

You have the rare chance to see one of the actual 1962 Triumph 650cc TR6Rs from The Great Escape.

The Most Beautiful Custom Ducati Scrambler. Hands Down
The Most Beautiful Custom Ducati Scrambler. Hands Down

Everyone can stop building custom cafe racers now. Nothing will ever come close to the deBolex Engineering Ducati 803.

This Is How Honda Plans To Fight Ducati
This Is How Honda Plans To Fight Ducati

It looks like Honda is bringing an all-new show-stopper to EICMA this year in the form a wholly revised 2019 Honda CBR1000RR.

The First-Ever Off-Road Helmet From Alpinestars Is Now Available
The First-Ever Off-Road Helmet From Alpinestars Is Now Available

Alpinestars' first tangle in off-road helmets and, on paper at least, it looks pretty damn impressive.

A Smaller Ducati Scrambler and Adventure Bike Are On the Way
A Smaller Ducati Scrambler and Adventure Bike Are On the Way

It's hard to ignore the shift the motorcycle industry is making by pivoting resources to smaller displacement motorcycles.

Big Adventure Motorcycles Will Soon Die Off, And For Good Reason
Big Adventure Motorcycles Will Soon Die Off, And For Good Reason

It's safe to assume KTM has a hit on its hands with the 790 Adventure R, but it might be a sign bigger ADV bikes are on the way out.

A New Adventure Motorcycle From the Maker of the AK-47
A New Adventure Motorcycle From the Maker of the AK-47

If Kalashnikov's reputation is anything to go by, the world of overlanding and adventure riding should be a piece of cake.

This Is the Most Important Motorcycle Ever Made and It’s Coming Back to the USA
This Is the Most Important Motorcycle Ever Made and It’s Coming Back to the USA

After a 40-year absence in the US, the iconic Cub makes its return to our shores.

Alpinestars Gets a Refreshing Dose of Unbranded Minimalism
Alpinestars Gets a Refreshing Dose of Unbranded Minimalism

The new-for-fall 2018 Ray v2 Jacket and Motochino Pants are as casual and low-key as they come.

The Best-Selling Ducati Gets an Update for 2019
The Best-Selling Ducati Gets an Update for 2019

In an effort to keep its best-selling bike fresh, Ducati is updating the Scrambler for 2019, owing much of the new look to the top-of-the-line Scrambler 1100.

We Need the New Small Sport Bikes From Kawasaki, Here in the US
We Need the New Small Sport Bikes From Kawasaki, Here in the US

Kawasaki released the first images of its all-new Ninja 125 and Z125 pro. But will we get them here?

A New Adventure Motorcycle With Classic Italian Flair
A New Adventure Motorcycle With Classic Italian Flair

Images of what looks like a production-ready Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike have surfaced.

BMW Overhauled Its Most Successful Adventure Motorcycle For 2019
BMW Overhauled Its Most Successful Adventure Motorcycle For 2019

If you're aiming to take on an intercontinental ride, spanning time zones with stretches of massively varying topography, it's hard to find a better way to conquer it than a BMW GS.

There’s An All-New Hyper-Aggressive Adventure Motorcycle On the Way
There’s An All-New Hyper-Aggressive Adventure Motorcycle On the Way

Now that Yamaha is teasing a new adventure motorcycle it's safe to assume 2019 will be a big year for adventure motorcycles.

Ducati Has an Unexpected Rival In the Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200
Ducati Has an Unexpected Rival In the Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200

Indian's new motorcycle will walk right past Harley-Davidson, and pick a fight with European sport bikes.

The New Ducati Cafe Racer is the Perfect Amount of Vintage
The New Ducati Cafe Racer is the Perfect Amount of Vintage

InterMot is in full swing over in Cologne, Germany and Ducati just unveiled its new Scrambler line.

The Triumph Street Scrambler Gets the Upgrades It Needs For 2019
The Triumph Street Scrambler Gets the Upgrades It Needs For 2019

The changes won't bring the fight to the more focused Ducati Desert Sled, off-road, but thankfully some of the upgrades address the Triumphs weak points to make it a better bike, all around.

This Old BMW Is Begging for an End-of-Season Ride In the Mountains
This Old BMW Is Begging for an End-of-Season Ride In the Mountains

The air is crisp, and the leaves up in the mountains are on their way to the other side of the color pallet -- exactly where this '73 BMW R75/5 thrives.

The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes
The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes

The new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro doesn't just get a new engine (good for 158 horsepower and 94 lb-ft), but the chassis and body get a list of further upgrades – aiming it squarely at...

The 2019 Zero Motorcycles Line Proves the Volatility of the Industry
The 2019 Zero Motorcycles Line Proves the Volatility of the Industry

Zero Motorcycles announced today its new lineup. Meanwhile, a competitor closed up shop and another smaller brand is winning awards as it makes initial deliveries.

This Is the Motorcycle the Triumph Scrambler Always Should Have Been
This Is the Motorcycle the Triumph Scrambler Always Should Have Been

Triumph turned up the off-road eccentricities and gave the new Scrambler 1200 the capabilities it deserves and then some.

Ducati Unveils Its All-New 2019 Lineup
Ducati Unveils Its All-New 2019 Lineup

If there's one theme to sum up the flock of bikes Ducati brought to EICMA this year; it's bigger and better.

The Honda CRF450L Rally Is Too Good to Just Be a Concept
The Honda CRF450L Rally Is Too Good to Just Be a Concept

The CRF450L Rally, inspired by the Dakar race bike, would be easier to live with day-to-day but Honda will need to make a few changes.

The New Triumph Speed Twin Is a Bonneville With More Performance
The New Triumph Speed Twin Is a Bonneville With More Performance

The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin cherry picks the best parts from the brand's modern classic line to build what looks like one hell of a motorcycle.

This Year in Gear

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