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The 10 Best Motorcycles of 2018

2018 was a good year for motorcycle enthusiasts and it started the year before the releases of the new models were even out. Anticipation for the top rated bikes was high and when they were finally released, there were a lot of happy bikers around. Here are the top ten motorcycles for 2018.

The 2019 KTM 790 Duke

The new KTM 790 Duke kept people waiting in anticipation because it wasn't released for sale until the fall of 2018, and when it came out, it was marketed as a 2019 model. Fans were not disappointed. It offered riders the best in its class when it came to power to weight ratio. Although it fell short of the Triumph Street Triple RS horsepower by 22, it offered plenty of power. It may not be as fast as a super bike, but it definitely carries the genes of a supermoto bike. The Duke 790 is a good looking bike. It leaves a definite impression on bystanders and it's highly capable of street or track.

The 2018 Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati's new Panigale V4 has been one of the most talked about bikes to be released in 2018. The total weight of the bike is 430 pounds and it offers 226 horsepower that will surpass a top speed of 150 mph if you dare. Although there were a few instabilities in the chassis, it's still a highly rated bike. With the exception of a few daredevils and track enthusiasts there aren't too many who are willing to take the Panigale V4 out and peg the speedometer. It's wicked fast.

The 2018 Indian FTR1200 Custom

Another highly anticipated motorcycle that was just released in 2018 is the FTR1200 Custom. It's an Indian and it's ideal for flat-track racing. One of the most favored attributes of the bike is the mid controls and bar risers. The chrome-moly frame and suspension make it a real looker. It's also lighter than the stock Indian Scout and it weighs in 100 pounds less which gives it a bit more agility and liveliness.
2018 Indian FTR1200 Custom

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Concept

The 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Concept is an attractive bike that bears the resemblance of a super beefy Supermoto bike that has been dressed up to go to the prom. When it comes to performance, it's hard to beat this bike. It's fun to ride and you look good doing it. It's one of the top rated motorcycles for 2018 because it equals in appealing features and characteristics in both aesthetic and ride-ability.

The 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX

The 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX is a suprcharged sport touring bike that delivers high on both power and speed. It's a 600 cc edition that has the greatest appeal to riders who are looking for pure, raw speed but also appreciate the aesthetics of a sporty looking ride. It's been designed for both speed and riding comfort so you get the best of both worlds in the H2 SX.

The 2018 Yamaha Niken

The Yamaha Niken made its initial debut in Milan where it was admired by the masses. One of the most exciting features of the bike is its ability to get low on three wheels. It's hard to imagine how this is accomplished and we're sure that it takes a skilled rider to pull it off but we've seen it in action. this is more of an experimental three-wheeler for Yamaha but there's something about it that commuters are going crazy for. It gives you the dual feel of having three wheels yet really riding on a motorcycle. It's brilliance in engineering in action.

The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS is another 2018 bike that is highly lauded for its aesthetics. It combines modernity with the aesthetics and performance of a sport bike. It's been a popular bike that's enjoyed some fabulous sales this year and it gets high marks from a satisfied fan base.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide was certain to be on the list of the top ten bikes for 2018. Not just because it's a Harley, but because of the fact that it's a great bike for touring and it's fun to take on longer trips. It comes in at eighth place in the most highly ranked new motorcycle models for 2018.

The 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XC

The 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 is quite suitable for use as an off-road bike or for riding down the highway. It's a middleweight bike that was designed for the true adventurers. There was a lot of hype built around the bike and when it was finally released, everyone could understand why. It came out packed with a plethora of updates.

The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is the second bike put out by the brand for 2018 that made the top ten list for the year. The new Scrambler was released with cornering ABS which was a definite plus and they made a ton of ergonomic changes to the new model. Another lovely feature is the extra 300cc and even though it only packed on an extra 10 horsepower, the bike is still terrifying for some to ride. It's powerful and it's fast.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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