It’s difficult to create a numbered list of which motorcycle models are the best-selling; each country has brands and models that do better than others. Overall in the world, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Moto Laverda, and Buell are believed to be the most popular brands. In no particular order, below you will find some of the most popular motorcycle models in the world.
Honda Super Cub
The Honda Super Cub is the best-selling motorcycle of all time. Since the original model’s release in 1958, Honda has sold more than 60 million of them.
BMW R1200GS Adventure
The R1200GS Adventure is BMW’s best-selling motorcycle; it is produced in Berlin, Germany and began production in 2004. According to The Telegraph in 2006, one third of the 100,000 motorcycles BMW produced in 2006 were either the GS Adventure or its heavier companion the GS. By 2007, BMW had produced 100,000 of the GS Adventures.
Yamaha V-Max Cruiser
The Yamaha V-Max (aka VMAX) was originally produced in 1985. Designed by Englishman John Reed, the motorcycle was instantly popular.
Kawasaki Ninja 250R
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R was originally produced in 1983. Since that date, there have been 4 generations of the Ninja. Generation 1 (1983-1984) was sold only in Japan, known as the GPZ-250, and shares very little characteristics with later generations. Generation 2 (1986-1987) expanded outside of Japan. It was known as the GPZ-250R everywhere except North America. Generation 3 (1988) saw some changes to engine components which resulted in changes in performance. Generation 4 (2008) saw major updates 20 years after its most recent predecessor was released.
Honda CB750 Nighthawk
The Honda CB750 has been produced since 1969. It is a model Honda has been recognized for ever since the bike’s market introduction. This Honda sport bike is often referred to as the first superbike.
The Triumph Bonneville was originally produced in 1959. Since that date, there have been 3 generations of the model. Always produced in England, this model was named after a city in Utah (Bonneville Salt Flats) where motorcycle companies and enthusiasts race motorcycles annually to find that year’s fastest motorcycle. Generation 1 was produced 1959 and 1983. Generation 2 was produced between 1985 and 1988. Generation 3 began production in 2001 and marks a complete redesign both aesthetically and internally when compared to the original design.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster began production in 1957 after taking the place of Harley-Davidson’s K, KK, KH, and KHK models. Over the past 50 plus years, the model has seen significant internal and external changes.
Suzuki GSX-R Series
The Suzuki GSX-R series is a series of superbikes produced since the 750 model’s introduction in 1985. The series has several models and more than 300,000 of the GSX-R series have been sold over the years.
Gina Williams is a guest post and article writer bringing to us 8 of the world’s most popular motorbikes. Gina also writes about motorcycle accidents.