Like any other industry, motorcycle trends ebb and flow. If 2018 is any indication we’re seeing a rise in popularity of all kinds of off-roading once again. Take a look back to the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s scramblers, flat track bikes and what we now call dual sports, enduros and adventure bikes, and you’ll see that more rugged bikes were massively popular, despite their infancy. Swells in the popularity of outdoor recreation has certainly helped boost overlanding. So where cruisers and custom choppers and high horsepower sport bikes once stole the hearts of the masses, there’s something about the utility and greater freedom of adventure that makes this year’s trend so popular.
That’s not to say the market was made up entirely of ADVs. This past year was full of great bikes built for both off-road and on. From an unbelievably high-horsepower hyperbike to a svelte Swedish electric new-comer to a slew of adventure bikes, these are 10 of the best bikes we rode in 2018.
2019 Honda CRF450L
Honda Introduces a Day-Trip Adventure Motorcycle Built on High Performance
Honda jumps into the middleweight dual-sport category with a bike born from a purpose-built race bike.
2019 Ducati Scrambler 1100
2019 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Review: The Range-Topping Motorcycle Is Torquey, Tech-Filled and Supremely Poised
The same basic heritage-inspired look forms the basis of the bike, but this time designer Jeremy Faraud started with a clean sheet of a paper — the result is a bike that is 100 percent…
2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Triumph Builds the Most Beautiful Motorcycle In Production Today
It’s a cruel honest truth of life but some things are just prettier than others.
2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Honda’s New Africa Twin Will Change Your Perception of Off-Road Riding
The Adventure Sports is Honda’s new range-topping Africa Twin not only boasts a full suite of revised rider modes, but it gets some serious upgrades all-around.
2018 Cake Kalk
The Perfect Motorcycle For New Riders Comes From Sweden
Motorcycle sales have been declining for years and a new Swedish upstart electric motorcycle manufacturer thinks it has the answer.
2018 Husqvarna 701 Enduro
Husqvarna 701 Enduro Review: A Minimalist Overlander’s Dream
If you want a high-performance, but analog overlanding experience, the Husqvarna is the no frills all-rounder you want.
2018 Ducati SuperSport S
2018 Ducati SuperSport S Review: A Sport Bike for the Average Rider
Ducati brings the upper echelon of its sport bike line up down to the entry-level.
2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Review: A Huge Leap Forward for Adventure Motorcycles
The 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro is a leap forward for Ducati in the Adventure motorcycle segment. It will be available beginning in February 2019 at a starting price of $21,995.
2018 Kawasaki H2 SE
There’s Nothing Else on the Road Quite Like the Kawasaki H2 SX
In an entirely counterintuitive way, Kawasaki has found a way to deliver more bike for less money.
2018 Triumph Tiger XCa
You Need to Clear Space in Your Garage for This $15,000 Multi-Tool
The British mid-sized adventure motorcycle, through refinement and performance alone, relegates anything bigger to irrelevance.