Best Motorcycle Brands of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Yamaha

Yamaha by far above honda. Most people assume that honda motorcycles and honda cars are built by the same people lol they are not! Not even close! Honda by far has the worst quality in bikes since around 2011 if I remember the date correctly. When they started manufacturing junk out of Thailand... enough said. Yamaha very well in my option is even more reliable then honda with my fair share of first hand experience. I've had the same Yamaha for 7 years before I even changed the oil! Yes I know, naughty but It was and old bike I wanted to put to the test and just abuse it and it more then stood up it even out lasted two of my civics LMAO. Honda used to be good. In the early 90s on the other hand Yamaha has always been great and still is. They never seem to cut corners even on their brand new line up of cheap bikes! They are still built better then a mid priced honda. Lol. Sorry honda boys.

Yamaha provides a complete package, as a rider. Things to look in a ride.
1.Soul, connection
2. Style, looks
3. Best of engine technology
4. Functionality is there as well.
5. Top notch quality, material,fit&finish.

What separates Yamaha and Honda is, that Yamaha bikes almost always manages to be the best looking in the same segment with as good a reliability as Honda, if not better. Whereas Honda bikes somehow manages look dull and soulless, Not sure what's with Honda engineers, apart from cbr the rest of the lineup is pretty boring looking. Suzuki has a little lower quality but still good, the thing with suzuki is they will always have great performance. Kawasaki is surprisingly lowered it's quality but recently have delivered better products than suzuki in terms of quality,its all about raw performance.

I would say all Japanese are great, to sum it up


Yamaha the best, no way! The have not really given us any game changers. If I had to choose one of the big 4 it would be between Honda and Suzuki. Honda gave us the CB750 which started it all off and must rank as one of the most important Japanese bikes, and then gave us the Fireblade which changed the superbike landscape and made all its rivals look overweight and dated. Suzuki...where do we start. The GS1000, the first superbike to handle well refined the bikes of the 70's. GSXR750 in the mid 80's, which set standards in the class which the others then copied. The bandit, up till then commuters had been rather staid. These two brands are above Yamaha easily, Yamaha were very late on the superbike scene and other than the RD350, FZR1000 & R1 (none of which were as ground breaking as Honda) have not redefined any bike class.

I own one myself, never has ever put me down. No issues whatsoever, simply the best manufacturer that puts out bikes with balanced aspects leaving no room for deficiencies.

2 Honda Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.

My first bike in 1965 was a Honda 305 Superhawk... And I was an avid and loyal follower of Honda until they were displaced by Yamaha and Suzuki in my garage and my heart. Hondas are too expensive for what you get... They are the Nissans of the motorcycle world. Better outright performance, quality and value from Yamaha and Suzuki, and if Kawasaki ever works out their quality control issues Honda will be number four!

Honda, without a doubt, has the most reliable, and trail ready bikes of all time. Not to many people can compete with Honda's technology. They may not be "Race Ready" machines, but they sure as hell will get you home when the others are broke down.

Not best at anything in particular but best allround, super reliable, tons of different models, affordable... People say it's boring because it rides super easy and requires very little maintenance. Guess it depends what you want out of a bike, I like to spend time on the road rather than in my garage (that's why I've never and never will own a Harley :p )

CBR 250 The Honda CBR250 series of motorcycles was produced by Honda between 1986 and 1996. It is a lightweight sport bike with a six-speed gearbox and a 250 cc (15 cu in), four-cylinder, four-stroke engine capable of revving up to 19,000 rpm. In 2011, Honda introduced the completely new CBR250R with a much less powerful single-cylinder engine that revs up to 10,500 rpm, made in Thailand and marketed worldwide.

3 Kawasaki

I've rode for 40+ years and hands down Kawasaki is the brand I always go to 1st. its not only they are the epitome of performance they also are undoubtedly the the most reliable bikes on the road. I had a 77 kz650 that I drag raced for years and never had a break down. I currently own a concours 14 with 80k miles on it and it runs just as good as it did day 1, and its never had a mechanical breakdown, I just inherited a 76 kz 900 and after 30 years of sitting in a garage I've cleaned the tank and carbs and the bike started and is running with no problems...started 1st try after all this time...what more can be said.

This was a hard one. I've owned allot of motorcycles in my life including Hondas, Yamahas, Husqvarna, KTM/Penton, Suzuki and have rode several other brands. Off all the brands, two keep bubbling to the top and that is Kawasaki and Yamaha. Never had a lick of problems with any of them and that incudes models from the early 70s to recent bikes. The only reason I voted Kawasaki over Yamaha is that I've owned more of them, but both are outstanding motorcycles. Now if I had to pick my least favorite of the bunch that I have owned it would be a tie between Harley and Honda. Harleys are not my style. Great for puttering around town and, if you have money to burn, their touring bikes are okay, but I'd rather have three bikes for the money that did several things great than one that only could do one or two. Hondas... well I may just be unlucky, but they have been by far the least reliable brand I have owned and one of the most expensive to fix.

I’ve bought a few really worn down left to rot Kawasaki’s and managed to bring them back to life and ride them as hard as you would a knew one. Never once have I been left stranded or had any difficulty blasting through canyons. They make incredible sport bikes and super sports that are amazing commuters and canyon blasters. But really I think when it comes to the big 4 your choosing which one feels or looks the best to you.

Great bikes with great motors...of course its Japanese so what would you expect. I ride a Kawasaki Concours C14 and it currently has 53,000 miles on it and I ride an average of 15,000 mi. per year. Nothing done except normal maintenance so far but maintenance that requires removing plastics can be a pain until you get used to removal. I would be surprised if I have a problem prior to 150,000 miles since I know of others with over 200,000 without any problems. I care for my bikes and over maintain them so I'm liking my odds.

4 Ducati

Ducati got most aesthetically designed motorbikes appealing to almost everyone (unbiased) and that too with quite a muscle to outperform every single major brand. I used to be a Harley fan with the V-Rod (Night Rod model) being my favorite but after it's production stopped last year, I searched motorbikes exhaustivey and found Ducati Xdiavel as per my highest intuitional designed bike... Meanwhile Fat Bob was there to console me.

Ducati is the star of pioneering in motorcycle engineering. It has some of the world's best looking, best performing, best sounding motorcycles. Europe has some of the world's biggest motorcycle brands and they are known for their astounding engineering. Ducati, MV Agusta, Aprilia, BMW and KTM to name a few. All of them are really good. It's difficult to choose one.

Multistrada is comfy, very economical for such a big engine, reliable, fast, handles, great safety features...oh, I also think it’s the best looking “sports tourer”. Of 35 years of riding bikes, it makes an old man like me feel 18 every time I chuck my leg over. And for 2020 they will come with 4 years warranty... at last!

50 years of riding and repairing. My first road bike was a motobi 125. It out performed and out handeled all the competition.
Then after 50 other bikes from various countries I got on the Ducati multi strada. It's the most incredible machine I have ever thrown a leg over.

5 Harley-Davidson

My name is Lisa recently got me a Harley. I've wanted a Harley for so long. I waited 36 years for a Harley moment. Harley you're the best.

I've been riding for over 40 years and have owned an incredible number of bikes from a variety of manufacturers. While I've enjoyed every bike I've owned and each had something that made them special and unique none of them measure up to Harley Davidson in terms of overall quality and workmanship, dealer network/support and customer service. In 28 years I've never had anything go wrong with any Harley I've owned. And I ride a lot. They are bullet proof.

No other bike manufacturer puts as much into everything that surrounds the ride itself. The rallies, the showrooms, the open days, BBQ's, bands. The clothing range is exceptional. No other brand can come close to the Harley experience. I've had Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW over the years and altho they were all great bikes I always dreamed of owning a Harley since I was a teenager. Now I have one its everything I ever dreamed off.

Want to go really fast get a speed bike Kawa or Suzi. Want a good machine get a Ducati. Want a bike, the thing guys drool over in their dreams. the one synonymous with bikers and the life, the one little boys want when they are big, the one people stop you to pose for a selfie, the one you sometimes just stand and look at - then you get a Harley. To top it all, if you give it a little TLC (which you do very willingly) it gets you where you want to go every time! Speedsters thank the stars they got home. I thank God I own a Harley

6 Suzuki Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu.

Have had Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Harley, Kawasaki and Suzuki. By far my Suzuki bikes have had been more fun and racked up the most miles. The one time I did have a problem, Suzuki didn't drop the ball and fixed the issue. Can't say the same for Yamaha, though I did like the bikes I had. HD will likely never see another cent of mine. Honda were reliable and great, just low on power. Kawasaki almost got my vote for favorite, if they would just give a little more attention to build quality. Ducati was like a really hot girlfriend. A little expensive, but a lot of fun.

I've owned motor cycles every since I was 8 years old. I started out on a Service Cycle, then I got a 125cc Harley Hummer. When I got older I bought a 650 Triump Tiger which was a very good bike. I sold it to start riding in the dirt. I bought a 100cc Hodoka Super rat that was worn out when I bought it but found out riding trails was great fun and then bought a 125 Suzuki TM motor cross bike which was a lot of fun and a very dependable bike but I wanted a more powerful bike so I bought a 250 Suzuki RM that was also a great bike. I sold it and after a few years I bought a Harley Davison Sportster when they were made by AMF it was nothing but JUNK. I waited several years and then bought a 1995 Harley Softail Springer which was a nice bike but would only run 108 MPH wide openi sold it because my new wife said she was afraid I would get hurt on it HAHA. I don't really know how long it would have lasted without problems because when I sold it with 7000 miles on it. Several years later I ...more

I have Suzuki Intruder 1500cc 1999 make we often ride with friends in weekends and I have no issue with my bike I have seen other bikes with newer models often start falling some parts and sometimes need to tighten the parts etc I am planning to buy new bike now confused which to buy, can any of the viewers suggest me.

Suzuki doesn't just produce bikes... they produce emotions... they have one of the best gear boxes... and their fury and comfort are never matchable... they should be in top 3...Only companies that are suitable for top position are Suzuki and Yamaha.

7 BMW BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, or Bavarian Motor Works in English) is a German multinational company which currently produces luxury automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945.

Love the Bavarians...they have had superior technology on their bikes since...well forever.
Frame mounted fairings is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I believe HD just came with that recently. Had a Harley rider tell me, "if I wanted to go fast I'd ride a Beemer. I want to look cool."
insert smile here.

Bullet proof bikes! Made to last and easy to repair! I have had may bikes over my life and BMW is by far the most reliable and well engineered. If you are looking for reliable and problem free BMW is the wise choice. Buying a motorcycle is a personal choice based on many factors but if you can only afford one bike you have to make the right call that you have to live with. It always comes down to Image vs. Reliability but whatever you ride you are respected for having the Balls to Ride it! IMBK

You cannot talk about a fun bike to ride without talking about BMW, they make feel like you are on the top of motorcycle engineering. They make the thing that you wouldn't think is possible like squeezing more and more power out of their bike and comfort and luxury on two wheels

This is not intended to throw a bad light on Japanese bikes which, of course, are very good. But a bike needs to have a soul and this is Japanese bikes' achille's heel. Who else but BMW could produce an engine in 1923 (the boxer) and still be selling it like hotcakes in 2017?

8 Triumph Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States.

I'm a petite woman @ 5'1 and I've had 2 Triumphs. America & now Speedmaster. I can't imagine riding any other brand. I love my Triumph. My husband tried to buy me a brand new Harley and I refused. The look on the Harley salesmans face was priceless when I said, as I was straddling a new Softail, "no, I really want a Triumph! "
Solid bike, never a problem, its an 04! LOVE TRIUMPH!

Rocket lll nothing on the road can compare. Best bike I've ever owned. Prepare to hold on! You need to own it...or I promise it will own you!

They're pretty decent, although it's a bit rare to see people zipping down the highway on them. Then again imported bikes will never beat american classics in terms of availability and popularity in america. (I own a yamaha vstar so I'm not one to talk, but correct me if I'm wrong)

My brother had a 69 Bon tt 650cc and my Cousin had a 70 Bon tt 700 and I would love to get my hands on one! They where great and fast as all hell don't no how many Harley's they left in the dark with them bad boys?

9 MV Agusta

Hands down the most phenomenal machine I have ever ridden. The beauty, the engineering, and innovation are world class. You really feel like your driving an exotic machine, the sound and power of the bike is enough to make you drool...and the looks of the bike is an entire story of its own. I ride an MV Agusta almost everyday to work and I still get chills down my spine every time I twist the throttle and hear the exhaust rumble with all its glory!

In my opinion this is the best company for bikes in the world

They are awesome Italian motorcycles ever.

Agusta f4 is artwork at its finest

10 KTM

KTM is the fastest growing brand in America and among the top worldwide. They currently sell more dirt bikes than Honda and Yamaha combined and are starting to eat their market share on the road. They have the most advanced motorcycle stability system in the world. The best bikes. Period.

KTM are far superior than any other dirt bike on the market period.The range of both four and two stroke models leave the competition for dead.Hydraulic clutches have been standard since 2000 and innovation leaves everyone for dead.Just look at the bike wins all over the world simple really.

Lighter than the yamaha's and Honda's. Better forks and engine management, better brakes. Best Bike you can buy.

Ktm are the best motocross and off road bikes. Their superbikes are also very cool. Best craftmanship and engineering. Very fast, durable, safe best bikes

The Contenders
11 Royal Enfield

After some time the speed, the mileage and some other things wouldn't matter. What would matter is "Whats the feel of it? " and How comfortable it is. Presenting the best combination of an amazing riding experience, best prize and unbeatable mileage is The Royal Enfield.

By the way I also work at Royal enfield (oragadam chennai) and the motorcycle should be felt by each and every one at least once.

Of course this is the best brand for manufacturing touring motorcycles in india they are like harley davidson in india... But wait enfield will also introduce 700 cc-1000 cc segment which will compete against harley... Enfield bikes are build in a way to run for many years... There is no doubt that enfield is the best and oldest survivng motorcycle brand (1890 I think)... Love you re

I guess Because of Indian brand, it was placed in 13. It is not a bike, the machine. Boys rides bike but men rides Enfield. you can feel your soul and heart. World war history can tell you about this machine. Love it...ride it...ride ride ride...

The sound of the machine and the torque it produces. Whoaaa! If it produces a higher displacement engine for sure the it competes with other brands like HD, Triumph etc. With this machine there are many people easily cruising 2000km as a trip is a big deal. Great machine. Low maintenance.

12 Aprilia

Aprilia is the main competitor for Ducati. So far I saw nothing less for Aprilia if it is compared against Ducati. It is just that Aprilia need to be more visible through better promotional plans internationally. Anyway... I am trully happy to own my Aprilia Shiver. It is truly awesome!

In my opinion, Aprilia have the best naked bikes in the world (shiver 750 ), this bike is full of power and passion.

Best quality, performance, and styling... All for a reasonable price.

Great bike a lot of Americans just don't know enough about!

13 Indian

Traded in my 2017 Harley Ultra for a 2019 Indian Roadmaster. Harley was like riding an anvil on wheels compared to the roadmaster. Ten pounds heavier than the harley and about ten times more comfortable and nimble. Also, electronics are light years ahead of the Harley. I have my forever bike that I'm gonna grow old on. That's how much I love this bike.

Indian Chief and Kawasaki Drifter are the coolest bikes ever made. The style, body lines, and flowing fenders are over the top compared to any factory made bike.

The Indian Motorcycle is the first American motorcycle, they were the fastest at one time. They look really cool, ride comfortably, and are my favorite motorcycle.

Finest bike I have ever ridden. Thank you Polaris for their resurrection in classic style and modern technology! Way better than my Honda

14 Bajaj

This got a stair case for female passengers to sit side ways. Female spreading the legs on a motor bike is considered as a dirty thing. When my guide told me this I was shocked. How the hell that rider rides them. I eventually realized this is ok on low speeds. Like 60 kmph. I told the guide it is the funniest thing I ever saw on a motor bike. (that stair case type foot rest) It is illegal in other countries if some one trys that . Haha. My guide told me that stair case helps women to stay modest. I said it is not about modesty it is all about male patriarchy and sexism. He didn't get it.

Bajaj is the most economical brand... It has always been edgy... Specially under pulsar's name... Bajaj is not about power... It has always been about styling, mileage with good performance, specially its tripple spark technology... It is leading the motorcycle sales list in India since a decade now... So my vote goes to bajaj!

I've been using a Bajaj for 6 years, and it's quite reliable! Especially the twin spark technology rocks! Although the bikes need some love and a lot of attention to run a long life, but I can live with it as long as it gives me more power and mileage per gallon!

It's not only the product that they make but also the price at which they offer matters - so that enthusiasts can go for their bikes. Pulsar 220 is their best bike!

15 Hero

It is the biggest manufacturer I think this site needs more indian voters

Hero is the best in the world hero's bike gives us all unique bikes and strong bikes

Hero is the best bike in quality, fuel economy, lowest price

Hero honda earlier bikes are really awesome

16 Hyosung

Hyosung are excellent reliable bikes. people who say otherwise have never owned one. I've owned mine for the past 16 months and not had a single problem with it. Plus it Looks amazing

I recently bought 250 cruiser. It is a great bike. Good for 1st time owner. Looks bigger then some models of Harley it is great value for money.

I have seen many bikes...Hyosung Aquila 650 pro is something very sexy, mascular, comfortable and value for money. It is complete package for the intelligent customer.

Excellent value for money and very reliable. hyosung motorcycles just keep getting better

17 Benelli

I love this brand the most...very beautiful Italian design turned up with best trellis frames...awesome performance and build quality...when u ride it you trust bike blindly...great handling also with super comfort...and when u roam around the streets or the highway, you'll definitely get to turn up to see which bike was that!...also I admit prices are heavy but trust me!...this thing is worth the price!

Benelli is one of the oldest motorcycle brand..
Benelli bikes are awesome and affordable motorcycle brand from Italy

One of the oldest motorcycle brand in the world and it's a good looking motorcycle with affordable price...

Italian pure passion since 1911 is still a legend of the oldest motorcycle in the world

18 Moto Guzzi

Oh, where do I start with Guzzi? The layout? The ease of maintenance? The reliability? The surprisingly low cost of buying, owning & running one of these things? All this despite being 100% made in Italy? Yep, I'm a Guzzisti alright. I have long loved Moto Guzzi & wanted one ever since I first saw one. So you can imagine the joy when I finally bought a Guzzi - a 2002 Nevada. Sure, it's not the quickest, but it's got plenty of torque, sounds awesome, goes off road without issue, the geunuine parts are much cheaper than aftermarket on a honda, & it's tough, too. In an accident that would've totalled most Japanese bikes (& they're great bikes, don't get me wrong), this thing needed a spark plug, spark cap, & a blinker lens (blinker itself still works). Was still running the whole time. The only thing I can fault is it's lack of power, but hey, you can't have it all

I have a 2014 V7 Special. What a bike! They are just so unique and I have never seen anyone riding a V7.. Style and quality. The exclusivity of it.. It's fashion, it's Italian, the design and the retro and modern subtleties work perfectly in unison.

I have Griso 8v SE with an awesome Agostini exhaust, sounds and feels amazing, a real head turner, I've never seen another on the roads. Guzzi's are fantastic.

Pure coolness and style and so different

19 TVS

Tvs bikes are one of the best compare to other brand bikes like honda and kawasaki..I own two moped bikes of tvs, rocks and tormax and they the best compare to those two yamaha and suzuki wait until tvs will get upgrades from BMW and well see if we can be inline with you..haha

I own a TVS star city bike. The product is too good. I had a good experience in price and class. Even after 5 years of the product I took, the performance of the bike is awesome.

Apache RTR of TVS motor is an awesome, powerful, fuel efficient and reliable bike ever. Wait for TVS-BMW partnership because it will definitely rock d world.

Apache is the best bike ever made by an Indian manufacturer. Especially the 2012 upgrade, which made it even better

20 Norton

If Norton is home to Lotus it's great!

Superb unique bike- wow!

You are bad

Cool! Norton's rule.

21 Mahindra

Awesome bike!
Unique features, great mileage, very comfortable bike.
I love mahindra centuro!

Mahindra is incoming brand...

22 Keeway

Very high quality motorcycle can compare to honda and yamaha..

It's Strong, Fast and Good quality motorcycles.

I have keeway 152 the best cafe racer ever!

Euro keeway affordable and reliable... I have euro rcs 125

23 Victory Motorcycles

After owning four Victorys and never having any kind of problems with them I can say they are by far the best bike around. Having ridden all kinds also the most comfortable.

Best bike I have ever rode. Problem is, they aren't being made anymore, and weren't THAT well known to begin with. Love how smooth and fast this bike is on long trips. Victory Kingpin

Why did they stop making these bikes? Way better than Indian and Harley. I have one and believe that it is TOPS. I sold my BMW for it and enjoy it thoroughly.

I own a victory cross country and hands down its probably the most dependable best riding bike I've ever owned and I've had a lot of other bikes.

24 Rusi

Dapat number tong RUSI more unit on the road eh

More tahn two years na oil lang regular na pinpalitan...good value for your money

Buy today, junk tomorrow...

I love rusi rango style

25 SYM Motors

Reliable bikes, the performance it looks like honda and the best seller and number 1 in Taiwan scooter and motorcycles. that's why I own one sym bonus 110.

I own one of sym motorcycle, because sym brand is one of d best motorcycle brand and its " pangmasa" and has a very good quality...

I purchased an RV1-2 (see it on Google, it's like a raider J). I believe this is a 2010 Model. I'm supposed to get any of those hipster MC but for some reasons and financial status. I chose to buy SYM. The looks, price of the bike made me rejoice and buy it. Orig price is PHP53,000.00 - Cash out and I opted for an installment for 2 years. PHP3300 / month. PHP200.00 rebate if you will pay on time. I got disappointed when someone told me, "Dapat ng honda ka nalang, R150, o kaya MIO". I answered, "Oo nga E. Pero okay narin kasi matakaw sa mata yung mga ganung motor." I'm enjoying my MC learning some parts of it. Shhhmilee. Share your thoughts mga ka "SYM." :D

The sym it's so powerful its looks like a honda I own one sym bonus 100

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