Top 10 Sports Bike Brands In The World

Motorbikes are a picture of the relationship between man and machine. They symbolize mobility and freedom. A sportbike represents the pinnacle of motorbike technology. To ride to the top tiers of sports bike brands, a company needs to have exceptional engineering and standout design. Here are the top companies making an impact in the two-wheeler industry.

Ducati

Ducati Motor Holding is partly owned by Audi (through its subsidiary Lamborghini, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group). It has dominated the motorsport world in a manner similar to Ferrari in Formula 1. Ducati’s high-performance motorcycles are characterized by large-capacity 4-stroke, V-twin engines. In line with its motorsport prowess, Ducatti pursues a “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” business model, in which they believe success on the track drives sales.

Kawasaki

Founded in 1953, Kawasaki has been a pioneer in advanced engineering and new motoring technologies. Because it currently manufactures the fastest production motorcycle in the world (the Ninja H2R) and has several superbike championship titles to its name, Kawasaki is often the first choice for riders with a need for speed. The Japanese company’s product range includes everything from long-distance motorbikes and juvenile motorcycles to stylish tourers and rugged ATVs, Kawasaki has something for everyone.

Honda

The motorcycle division was founded in 1946, just after World War 2. Since then, Honda has manufactured bikes known for their high quality and durability. The Japanese powerhouse has also been quick to adopt new designs and implement the latest technologies. Today, Honda motorcycles pride their sports bikes as offering a mix of performance and rideability, along with the top-of-the-range suspension.

Yamaha

The Yamaha Motor Company was established in Japan in 1955. Their initial bikes were actually copies of German DKW bikes. But they soon crafted their own identity, entering the racing circuit in the late 1950s. Today, Yamaha has a popular range of sportbikes abbreviated “R” (for racing). These are known for bringing in a shift in gearbox design and shifting the trajectory of production sports bikes.

BMW

BMW Motorrad is the motorcycle division of the popular German company BMW. In 1923, the Bavarian company introduced the air-cooled R32 (designed by Max Fritz) that has grown to be the company’s trademark design for nearly a century. In 2004, BMW introduced a revolutionary front suspension system named the Duolever. The company continues to take advantage of its excellent engineering division to push the limits of high-quality production in the sports bike field.

Benelli

Benelli can trace back its conception to 1911, when the widow Teresa Benelli,  invested all her family savings to set up a workshop that would raise a stable income for her six sons, Giuseppe, Giovanni, Filippo, Francesco, Domenico e Antonio “Tonino” Benelli. Benelli Motorcycles increased sales by 50% in early 2021, signaling 9 consecutive halves of record-shattering sales. The Italian manufacturer is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Qianjiang. An aggressive pricing strategy coupled with a wide range of models offered in all continents has seen it become one of the fastest-growing companies in the world.

Triumph

An early entrant into the market, Triumph released its first motorcycle in 1902. Since then it has become an icon of British manufacturing. It enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s, as Hollywood superstars were attracted to its classic design, but suffered a dip in fortunes when Japanese manufacturers entered the global market. John Bloor purchased the company and turned around its fortunes, and today this famous company is enjoying a revival.

KTM

The Austrian company has been disrupting the motorbike market over the last decade.  Starting in 2012, KTM was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe for four consecutive years. It is long committed to building competition-spec motorcycles for serious riders and has since won its fair share of off-road, supercross, and motocross championships. Their slogan is “ready to race” and there’s little wonder why.  This strategy has seen KTM become one of the leading off-road motorcycle manufacturers

Aprilia

Aprilia is sometimes regarded as “the other” Italian sportbike maker after Ducati, but its record in the sports scene shows it deserves much more credit than that. Aprilia has leveraged its identity of having an entertainment factor to become one of the biggest names in motorcycle racing today. These stylish sports bikes integrate new technologies and innovate in ways that help them punch far above their weight. Aprilia’s product range includes high-octane sport motorcycles, scooters, naked motorcycles, and off-road motorbikes.

MV Augusta

MV Agusta is an Italian motorcycle brand known for making excellent handcrafted models and backed by a colorful racing history. The company ship is steered by long-standing CEO Claudio Castiglioni’s son, Giovanni Castiglioni, and its bikes are designed at the Castiglioni Research Centre (C.R.C.). The MV in the company name stands for Meccanica (mechanics) Verghera, the Italian hamlet where the first MVs were made. Mercedes Benz owns a small stake in the company.

Conclusion

The sports bike brand is dominated by Japanese and Italian manufacturers, with some notable players from Europe. We are eager to see what the dawn of the electric vehicle era will bring to the motorcycle industry, with the earliest adopters and innovators the most likely to benefit.

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