There are very many motorcycle makers in the world today, companies which all compete for a piece of the global market by producing motorcycles for their respective niche market. As much as different motorcycle brands produce motorcycles for different markets, there are those brands that are the best, owing to their quality in engineering and aerodynamic designs. Below is a list of the top 7 motorcycle brands in the world.

Top Brands


Kawasaki is undoubtedly the best motorcycle brand in the world. It has grown to become the best company that produces high-performance motorcycles. The company started manufacturing motorcycles and engines in 1949. The first complete motorcycle was completed in 1954 under the name Meihatsu. The brand has won several superbike racing championships clearly cementing it as the go-to brand for racers. Other than motorcycles, the company manufactures engines, watercrafts and utility vehicles.

2. BMW

Bavarian Motor Works, or simply BMW, is a German brand that is known for producing high performance and fuel efficient motorcycles. This company was founded in 1916 with its headquarters in Munich, Bavaria. Other than producing high-performance motorcycles, BMW also produces mini cars, aircraft engines. It is also the parent company of Rolls Royce.


Ducati is an Italian brand that is owned by German automobile maker, Audi. The company was started in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno as an outfit that was meant to produce vacuum tubes, radio components and condensers. By 1935, the company had a lot of success that they started producing motorcycles on a small scale. Ducati is a motorcycle brand that is known for producing high-speed motorcycles.


Yamaha Motor Company is a Japanese company that was started in 1955 with its headquarters in Shizuoka, Japan. Yamaha is a company that is best known for producing motorcycles with one of the best aerodynamic designs thereby increasing performance. The company’s design in its motorbikes makes them somewhat uncomfortable for long distances, which they make up for with high speed and performance. Other than motorbikes, the company also produces personal water crafts, utility boats, fishing boats and go-kart engines.


Suzuki is a Japanese firm with its headquarters in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Japan. The company has built a name for itself as a company which produces motorcycles which are both comfortable and of high performance. This is a mix that other motorcycle companies have not been successful in pulling off. Suzuki is a multinational company with production units in 23 countries and 133 distributors in 192 countries. The company also produces four-wheel drive vehicles, wheelchairs, internal combustion engines and All-Terrain Vehicles.


Honda is one of the most popular motorcycle brands in the world. The North American company was started in 1959 and has brown to be a multi-national company that has its products in many countries across the globe. The company produces high-end motorcycles, scooters, lawnmowers, tillers and generators. Some of its best models include the Accord, Civic, Element, Ridgeline, FCX and CR-V.


Established in 1885, Triumph is a British car and motorcycle company that is owned by BMW. The company initially started as a bicycle company, this however changed in 1902 when the company started making cars and motorcycles.