Ten Best Motorcycles

Cycle World's annual pick for the ten best motorcycles of the year.

WATCH: Our Ten Best of 2018

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. 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.

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The Best Motorcycles Every Year

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.

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2014 2013 2012
2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006
2005 2004 2003
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Aprilla BMW Beta
Can-Am Ducati Harley-Davidson
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MV Agusta Norton Royal Enfield
Suzuki Triumph Ural
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