Best Motorcycles for Women and Men

These five new motorcycles are designed to appeal to men and women.

2015 Ducati Scrambler Classic studio 3/4 view

Gender neutrality has not been a familiar concept in the motorcycle industry. Until maybe now. As the demographic of motorcyclists becomes more and more diverse and the gender gap narrows, manufacturers seem to be steering clear of a his-and-hers mentality and focusing instead on, um, affirmative traction. Here are five of the best motorcycles for women and men.

2015 Ducati Scrambler

Ducati heads back to the future with the all-new Scrambler, a bike that seems to scratch a universal itch for any rider looking for pure, unadulterated fun. Like the beach cruiser of motorcycles, it's pared-down simplicity, and the retro-but-not-really styling just screams, "Ride me!" Available in four slightly different fun-loving versions (the Icon, the Classic, the Urban Enduro, and the Full Throttle), the Scrambler features a distinctively Ducati 803cc 75-hp air-cooled L-twin engine, ABS, and approachable ergonomics that welcome seasoned riders and timid newbies alike. Retro elements like spoked wheels and a teardrop tank combine with modernities like an under-seat USB port and LED ring around the headlamp in true old-meets-new form. With 31.1-inch-high seat or low seat option of 30.3 inches and wet weight in the 400-pound range, the Scrambler exudes rideability, and with an MSRP starting at $8,595, it promises to draw a whole new rider out of his or her shell.

Yamaha YZF-R3 studio side view

Yamaha YZF-R3

For sportbike lovers, the all-new Yamaha YZF-R3 has a little something for everyone. Little might be the operative word here; at just 368 pounds claimed soaking wet, the R3, with its 30.7-inch seat height, is certain to appeal to diminutive riders seeking a confidence-inspiring stance. But the R3 is also big on style. The obvious influence of its stablemates (the YZF-R1 and R6) help make the R3 a stylistic winner. Although Yamaha is marketing the R3 as an "entry-level sportbike," that might be selling it short. Experienced riders will appreciate its practicality as a commuter and approachable trackday toy, while novices will dig the confidence-inspiring maneuverability. Both will dig the traction control. The YZF-R3 has an MSRP of just $4,990, which is something everyone will love.

Triumph Bonneville Newchurch studio 3/4 view

Triumph Bonneville Newchurch

Okay, so it's not an all-new model per se. Instead, Triumph put a fresh face on a timeless beauty with a special edition dedicated to the town of Neukirchen, Austria, host to the annual Tridays festival, the world's largest gathering of Triumph fans. The passion invoked by the iconic Bonneville is reflected in what just might be the perfect shade of red: a gorgeous crimson Cranberry, offset by Pure White and perfectly paired with matte-black bars, mirrors, headlamp socket, and shocks, all accented by just the right amount of chrome. The result is one siren of a motorcycle, beckoning anyone with a thing for the classics. The Newchurch's custom low-profile saddle delivers a 29.1-inch seat height and universally comfortable riding position, something the Bonneville has always been able to brag about, and its no-nonsense 865cc, 64-hp, air-cooled, parallel twin and five-speed transmission offer equal-opportunity allure with a sensible $8,699 MSRP.

Ural cT studio front view

Ural cT

The all-new 2015 Ural cT offers a lower, lighter version of its iconic sidecar motorcycle and market­ing aimed squarely at the fiercely independent type, whoever he or she might be. With phrases like "designed to take you effortlessly from a weekend getaway to school drop-offs" and "space for your everyday needs, whether it's camping gear or that last-minute grocery run," and color options like Teracotta and Gloss Gray, the Russian manufacturer clearly has its sights set on an adventure-thirsty, gender-diverse audience (showing up in a fashion spread for Vogue magazine last year may have been the first clue). Besides the sidecar kitsch, the Ural cT boasts other independent-minded features, like an electric and kick start, four speeds plus reverse, and a two-year parts/unlimited-miles warranty. A $12,999, 41-hp, 750cc, air-cooled flat-twin machine that can handle a 1,325-pound load suddenly seems sensible. And rideable.

Indian Scout static side view

Indian Scout

For riders who gravitate to the Americana of a vintage cruiser but might have balked at the sheer size of these stylish, chrome behemoths, Indian Motorcycles introduces the all-new 2015 Scout. While bigness has almost always been part of recent Indians' American-made exclusiveness, the Scout's lower, lighter chassis is sure to draw a more inclusive crowd. The 86-hp V-twin engine is powerful enough for heavyweights to enjoy, while its low center of gravity and comparatively light dry weight of 550 pounds (compared to the 780-pound Chief Classic) will appeal to lighter-framed riders. Offering reduced-reach and extended-reach packages, Indian extends its own reach to reflect the growing diversity of riders in general. The $10,999 Scout retains plenty of the romance with its authentic solo saddle in distinctive desert sand leather and shows off its mechanical beauty in four elegant, gender-neutral colors (including that authentic, dusty Indian Red).

2015 Ducati Scrambler Classic.

2015 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle.

2015-Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro.

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon.

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon action shot.

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon engine details.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 (Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver).

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 (Raven).

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 (Rapid Red).

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 static shot.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 action shot.

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2015 Triumph Bonneville Newchurch exhaust close-up.

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2015 Indian Scout static shot #1

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2015 Indian Scout engine details.

2015 Indian Scout action shot #1

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