Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World

Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World

Cars surely give you a luxury feel and comfort, by motorcycles have their own fans. These people can spend an equal amount of money for buying a bike as for a car. These people are passionate about road trips, mountain biking and buy bikes according to their needs. They have their own bike clubs, sometimes according to the brand of the bike they own. The prices of the bike depend on the quality of the engine used, the tyres and the designs.

Here is the list of Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World:

10 Victory Motorcycles

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Victory motorcycles is a motorcycle manufacturer from America. It started its operations in the year 1998 as a subsidiary of Polaris Industry, which established the company following the success of Harley Davidson. The final assembling of the vehicle is done at Spirit Lake, Northern Lowa, US.

The bikes are designed in such a way that they give competition to bikes like Harley Davidson and other bikes of American style. The bike has features like sport- touring, V-twin engine & touring, cruiser configuration. The company’s first model V92C was declared in 1997 and started selling in the year 1998. Since then the company has launched several models like V92SC Sport Cruiser, V92TC Touring Cruiser, Vegas, Vegas 8-Ball, High Ball, Gunner, Hammer, Vegas Jackpot, Cross Roads, Judge, and Octane etc. There is also club of Victory motorcycle owners, which was started in 1998. The club initially had a small group of people, but it has grown over the years and now has 2,700 paid members and about 11000 guests.


BMW motorcycle–Photo via MotorcycleDaily.com

BMW Motorrad is a motorcycle brand of BMW, a German company. The brand was established as a part of Corporate & Brand Development section. Presently, Hendrik von Kuenheim is its General Director of the unit.

The company produced its first vehicle in the year 1923 called R32, which had an engine named as flat-twin boxer. The still have configuration with flat-twin boxer, but has other variety as well. Presently, the production is undertaken in Berlin, with some engines in China, Taiwan and Austria. The current motorcycles were designed by David Robb, who was the also the chief designer from 1993-2012 and then Edgar Heinrich replaced him. The motorcycles of the brand are classified in different families, some of them are:  C Series, F Series, G Series, R Series, K Series etc.

8 Moto Guzzi

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Moto Guzzi is the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, which have been producing the vehicle continuously. The company is basically from Italy and has its headquarters in Mandello del Lario. The company is known for the innovation it has brought to the industry like wind tunnel, 8 cylinder engine and centre stand.

The company was established by Carlo Guzzi, Giorgio Parodi and Giovanni Ravelli on March 15, 1921. The company plays a very important role in the motorcycling history of Italy and is also into motorcycle racing. In 2004, the company was acquired by Piaggio & C. SpA, largest motorcycle producers of Europe and has 7 brands under its name. The company is 4th largest in motorcycle production in world by the units sold. The company bikes are known was 90º V-twin engines which can be air cooled, with orientation of longitudinal crankshaft.

7 Triumph

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Triumph —Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World

Triumph is a British company with the largest motorcycle production. The company headquarters are in Leicestershire, England. The company has products like motorcycles, accessories and clothing. As of 102, the company had revenue of £528 million, net income of £34 million and 1600 employees.

The company went under receivership in 1984 and then was owned by John Bloor. The company continued the motorcycle production which originally started in 1902 by the then Bonneville Coventry Ltd. The most recent model families include: Trophy SE ABS, Tiger 800 Family, America & Speedmaster, Thunderbird family, Street Twin, Scrambler, Daytona 675 Family, and Street Triple Family etc. In 1995, the company launched its accessories and clothing range with the name Triple Connection. The company associated with celebrities like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, James Dean, and mainly with Steve McQueen.

6 Honda

honda—Photo via Motorcycle USA

Honda motor Co, Ltd. is multinational conglomerate from Japan and is publically held. The company is mainly known for production of aircrafts, automobiles, power equipment and motorcycles. The company is the largest motorcycle producer in world since 1959 and also the largest producer of engines for internal combustion.

The company was established in 1946 and incorporated on 24th Sept. 1948. It was the second largest automobile manufacturer of Japan in 2001 and 8th largest in world in 2011. In 1986, the company launched a luxury brand called Acura and became the first Japanese company to do so. Apart from automobiles, the company is also into production of marine engines, garden equipments, power generators, personal watercrafts and others. As of 2014, the company had revenue of USD 119 billion, net income of $5.75 billion and 198,561 employees.

5 Suzuki

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Suzuki Motor Corporation is a multinational corporation from Japan. The company has its headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan. The company has specialized in production of four-wheeler vehicles, all terrain vehicles, automobiles, motorcycles, wheelchairs, outboard marine engines etc. In 2011, the company was the 9th largest automakers in world according to production.

The company was established in 1909 by Michio Suzuki. The company was founded as Suzuki Loom Works and was successful as a weaving loom company. For the first 30yrs, the company focused on the production of the weaving machine invented by them. Even though, the company was successful in its loom business, it decided to diversify and enter into automobile, as per the market demand.  The first two-wheeler by the company was called “Power Free” and by 1954, the company was making about 6000 bikes every month and changed its name officially to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. The company had its 19.9% non-controlling shares with Volkswagen from 2009-2015. The Company bought back the stake for $3.8 billion and completed the buying back of the stock.

4 Ducati

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Ducati—Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A is a company that’s into manufacturing and designing motorcycles. The company is from Italy and has its headquarters in Bologna. The owner of the company is Audi, a German automotive, through Lamborghini, its subsidiary from Italy. This is all owned by Volkswagen Group.

The company was established in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri and his sons, Marcello, Bruno and Adriano Ducati. The company was founded as Societá Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati for the production of condensers, radio components and vacuum tube. Cucciolos, a type of engine was developed and about 2, 00,000 of them were sold by 1950 and then offered a motorcycle based on that engine. Then eventually, they got into motorcycle industry. In 2012, the company was bought by Audi, a subsidiary of Volkswagen group for €860 million. The company has been owned by a lot companies and groups like VM Group, Cagiva group, Texas-Pacific Group, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A etc.

3 Yamaha

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Yamaha Corporation is Multinational Corporation from Japan. The company has its headquarters in Shizuoka and has wide range of products like electronics, musical instruments, sports equipments and motorcycles.

The company was formed in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha for the production of reed organ and piano as Nippon Gakki Company, Ltd. Their first motorcycles YA-1 was produced in 1954 and with its success; Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd was founded in 1955. The company has products like scooters, motorcycles, boats, personal water crafts, fishing boats etc. Presently, Hiroyuki Yanagi is the representative director and president of the company. The company subsidiaries are Minarelli and MBK and had 52,664 employees as of 2014.

2 Aprilia

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Aprilia is a motorcycle company from Italy, a marquee held by Piaggio. The company started with production of bicycles and moved to scooter and motorcycle manufacturing. Recently, the company the company has developed sports bikes of 1000cc like V-twin RSV Mille and V4 RSV4. The company has been successful in the road racing family of motorcycles.

The company was founded in 1945 as a bicycle company by Cavaliere Alberto Beggio, which was later taken over by his son Ivano Beggio for motorcycle production in 1968 and eventually won many championships. The company was acquired by Piaggio & C. SpA in 2004. After acquisition, Roberto Colaninno became the President and Rocco Sabelli, the managing director.

1 Kawasaki

Kawasaki–Photo via Kawasaki.com

The motorcycles of the company are produced by Motorcycle & Engine branch of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. It has its plants in USA, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.

The company initially produced bikes under the name of Meguro, after buying Meguro Manufacturing under partnership and later established Kawasaki Motor Sales. 1963, the two companies merged and formed Kawasaki Motorcycles Co. Ltd. its model H1 Mach III was developed in 1968, a competed with companies like Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha.

Top 10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands in the World

Sr No.10 Best Selling Motorcycle Brands
8Moto Guzzi
10Victory Motorcycles

These motorcycle brands are surely world class and can be trusted without any doubt. The motorcycles produced are of wide variety and cater the needs of all types of customer needs. The next time you want to buy a new motorcycle, consider theses brands.

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