Best of 2018: Hottest New Motorcycles
Winter, the season when all good motorcyclists start dreaming of next year’s ride. The old steed is in the garage, there’s fresh oil in the sump and new sparklers in the cylinder head so it’ll start at the first touch of the starter next spring.
As much care as you might have put into winter storage of the old baby, however, one’s mind can't help wandering to all the flashy new chrome and steel that will be available next spring. After all, winter is also bike show season, when manufacturers from around the world — America, Europe and Asia — show off their latest wares in the hopes of enticing us onto a new ride.
And whether you’re a long-distance iron butt-er looking for a new land yacht/adventure tourer, a beginner new to motorcycling or a sports bike aficionado looking for a 200-horsepower crotch rocket, 2018 promises to be a banner year. Ducati will finally release its MotoGP-derived V4 superbike for the masses, Honda is teasing its first all-new Gold Wing in 16 years and even more manufacturers are jumping on the latest cruising craze, the custom bagger.
Browse the gallery above for a preview, then explore the thumbnails below for a more in-depth look of what’s to come in the months ahead.