Motorbikes in Grand Prix race
While bikes are an eternal global fad, a leading brand or topmost player in the market is an ever-changing subject. Style, speed, handling, reliability and affordability play key roles in determining the masses' choice. Several brands mesmerize buyers with an aura of exclusivity but are simply not economical. It is important to strike a balance between luxury and necessity while choosing a bike.
Some motorbike brands consistently retain a global presence by excellent promotions and high quality standards. Read on to know the top five best-selling brands around the world.
Honda -"You meet the nicest people on a Honda"
Honda 400 Four - the gentle giant on road
This Japanese brand, famous for its innovative technology, is one of the most trusted motor vehicles on road. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is the world's largest manufacturer of motorbikes as well as internal combustion engines.
Leading production since 1959, the company has several subsidiaries around the globe, including the popular Honda Motor Co., Inc. of North America a.k.a. AHM (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.).
Watch out for Honda's latest sports bike model, CBR600RR7. It boasts of a 600 cc 'Dual Sequential Fuel Injected Inline-four' engine having the smallest dimensions in its class.
Yamaha -"Revs your heart"
Ravishing design of the Yamaha R1
With a long history of creativity and inexhaustible spirit of challenge, Yamaha is a popular brand among motorists around the world.
Their bikes have gained popularity for smooth running, stylish body, and blend of rugged and subtle features.
Harley-Davidson - "American by birth. Rebel by choice"
Harley-Davidson -The Legend Continues
These heavy-duty bikes captured the market for their macho design and muscular looks. They continue to instill a sense of pride and personal freedom for every American.
The stylish design of these bulky giants comes with a thrill and luxury not many can match. A brand so popular, it is endorsed by motorbike clubs, celebrated by events and even has a museum to its credit!
Kawasaki - "Let the good times roll"
Kawasaki Versys 650 - A versatile middleweight model
The engaging tagline of Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA has done its job in elevating the brand's image. Popular for its durability and range of adventure bikes, Kawasaki has maintained a healthy market presence.
From superbikes and touring scooters to sturdy off-road rides, Kawasaki continues to lure the crowds with its performance-enhanced technology and attractive ergonomic designs.
Suzuki - "Way of Life"
Stunning sleek design of the Suzuki SV650
Suzuki Motor Corporation is one of Japan's four leading brands in motorbikes, giving the two wheeler market economical scooters, high-end sports bikes and everything in between.
From the sporty Hayabusa to the street giant Gixxer (GSX-R1000), Suzuki continues paving its way into creativity mastered with innovative technology.
Other popular brands
While there are many more players in the market, only few brands have gained a mass appeal over the years. Top brands like the Aprilia, Ducati and Moto Guzzi, Triumph and BMW are globally popular among the wealthy few.
500 cc Bullet, popular amongst the armed forces
Indian motorbike companies are the second-largest bike manufacturers in the world. While Hero MotoCorp is the country's only manufacturer of four-stroke engine bikes, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor are no mean deals when it comes to market presence.
Selling in over 50 countries, Chennai-based Royal Enfield (India) manufacturers have surpassed the Harley-Davidsons on a global scale. Thunderbird, Classic and the iconic Bullet are among the popular models of one of the world's oldest bike companies still in production.