Ten Best Motorcycles
Over the past four decades, Cycle World has honored the Ten Best motorcycles each and every year. As times change, so do our categories. We’ve tried to keep up with the times by ensuring that the bike classes included in Ten Best accurately reflect what is happening in the current motorcycle market. Recent additions include Adventure Bikes, and Lightweight Streetbikes (500cc and under), while we’ve combined Touring and Sport-Touring into a single class called Touring. We also melded Enduro and Dual-Sport to reflect a change in that market and a resurgence of street-legal, competition-worthy dual-purpose machines. Some of our categories have survived much longer than others, and only time will tell what tweaks we may need to make in the future. But with more than 450 different motorcycles currently available in the U.S. market, you can be assured that our Ten Best are the cream of a plentiful crop.
The Best Motorcycles You Can Buy in 2018
After hours of testing, dyno runs, and a complete year with some of these bikes we have locked our selves in a room and decided on the ten best motorcycles of 2018.
Best Superbike of 2018—Ducati Panigale V4 S
2018 Best Lightweight Streetbike—Kawasaki Ninja 400
Best Middleweight Streetbike of 2018—Triumph Street Triple R
Best Open-Class Streetbike of 2018—Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
Best Standard of 2018—Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR
Best Touring Bike of 2018—Honda Gold Wing Tour
Best Cruiser of 2018—Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114
Best Adventure Bike of 2018—KTM 1090 Adventure R
Best Dual-Sport/Enduro—Husqvarna TE 250i
Best Motocrosser—Honda CRF450R
The Best Motorcycles of the last 20 years
Every year we ride and review all the new motorcycles. Here are our Ten best motorcycles of each year all the way back to 2001.
The Best Motorcycles of 2018
The Best Motorcycles of 2017
The Best Motorcycles of 2016
The Best Motorcycles of 2015
The Best Motorcycles of 2014
The Best Motorcycles of 2013
The Best Motorcycles of 2012
The Best Motorcycles of 2011