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Best-Selling Motorcycle Brands

  1. Honda
    Honda’s motorcycle division sells more than 15 million motorcycles annually, which makes it world’s leading manufacturer. One of the factors driving the company’s sales is its popularity in Asian markets. Yet Honda also dominates in North America.
  2. Ducati
    The Italian brand headquartered in Bologna manufactures motorcycles since 1935. Ducati is known for its powerful sport bikes. The company has a long and successful racing history, which started in 1951. Today it spends over 7% of its revenues on racing business. The brand belongs to Audi through its subsidiary Lamborghini.
  3. Harley-Davidson
    Great 20th-21st century history and exhilarating riding experience give Harley-Davidson the status of the legend bike company. This brand is familiar almost to everybody, even those who have never ridden a bike in their lives.
  4. Yamaha
    Yamaha bikes are known for excellent performance, ride quality and comparatively easy handling. Yamaha is almost as successful as another famous Japanese manufacturer, Honda. Moreover, the number of dirt bikes it sells exceeds Honda and Yamaha combined.
  5. Kawasaki
    The Motorcycle & Engine division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries gained recognition as a manufacturer of a wide range of bikes, from very small to sport ones. These motorcycles are loved all over the world for their powerful and reliable engines, capable of developing great speed. There are production sites in Japan, North America, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.
  6. Suzuki
    One more representative of the Japanese Big Four. The GSXR 750 and the DR 400 are among the most popular Suzuki motorcycles. The company has over 35 production facilities in more than 20 countries.
  7. KTM
    During its first years the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer specialized in 2-stroke and 4-stroke off-road motorcycles, but in the course of time its product range grew wider. In addition to dirt bikes, it now includes street motorcycles and sports cars. The brand belongs to CROSS Industries AG and Bajaj Auto Limited.
  8. BMW Motorrad
    BMW is one of the oldest motorcycles manufacturers. The company’s first bike was made in 1923. BMW Motorrad is famous for its road bikes, sports-touring bikes and sport bikes. Some of the most well-known models are the GS Adventure, the S 1000 REFRIGERATORS, and the K1600.
  9. Triumph
    The largest motorcycle maker in the UK, Triumph specializes in road bikes that belong to the cruiser, naked, and sport classes. The Triumph brand is owned by BMW.
  10. Victory
    Victory is a comparatively new brand, it started production of motorcycles in 1998. Its large-displacement cruisers are famous all over the world. The company based in the U.S. has its final assembly facility in Iowa.

Harley Davidson

Along with Canada and USA, the Harley bikes are very popular among the global race lovers. You will see a bunch of youngsters riding a sleek red color motorbike on the national highways letting out a tempting sound of BOOM in your ears. Its appearance is majestic and when you sit on the machine while grabbing the handles, you will feel as if you won the universe. Born and designed in the United States of America they represent the independent spirit and the free “ism” of the country. Competing with the King there are several bike brands in Japan China and India that produce the strongest of the strong models but why is it that none can beat this two-wheeler? Do they run with some secret machine recipe that makes them travel like a mechanized bolt?

The multimillionaires already penned the models arriving in late 2017. Entire Asia-Pacific has its dealership and the numbers reach over 135. The reason why some countries do not reach the equilibrium of its market is quite simple. First is the Swot analysis, the financial power of the citizens and the country roads that can handle its powerful speed. Direct exporting is one way though there are others like the contractual entry modes and investment entry. Your market segment must contain massive proportions to handle this heavy weight technology.

The very common threat of rivalry, high price, and customer satisfaction is yet another cause. Bringing in the Harley Davidson as a shiny new toy in the market will create a bigotry among the clients. They have high price ratio and if the citizens cannot afford it while the expected selling rate goes down than the business is nothing but a failure. Understand the SWOT analysis the environmental factors, the market segment, and client’s willingness. If these odds are in your favor than its time you raise your accelerator.

Lastly, I would just want to say that whatever vehicle you choose to ride for your fun or your comfort, please be very careful and never ever disobey the traffic rules. We do not want you to rot in a hospital bed for a mean machine. Harley Davidson. The name swoons the bike riders into a lot many dreams to buy. However, this bike segment was and never would be reasonable enough to purchase for common population. Its not the machine’s fault as the design, engine capacity, market, profits and consumption of environmental resources is quite high.

Motorcycle Clothing

The apparel listed below are the most important gear that every biker should consider wearing in order to reduce the amount of risk involving in motorcycle riding:

1. Gloves: People often underestimate the true potential gloves have for bike riders. Not only do they reduce the risk of damaging ones hands in an accident but actually improve a bikers grip in moist conditions. Similarly, during warm weather gloves protect the hands from sunlight and sun burns.

2. Boots: One of the most prone areas that can be injured in a bike accident is the rider’s feet and ankles. Without proper equipment such as sturdy boots, there is almost nothing a biker can do to save his or her feet. There are many innovative boots out there that are designed to protect the biker’s feet in case of an accident. These boots also help in comfortable gear shifting and breaking.

3. Jacket: This is one piece of motorcycle clothing that almost every rider owns. Let’s face it there’s nothing cooler than a leather motorcycle jacket. What they don’t know is that this jacket can actually save them from a world of pain in an accident. These jackets are designed to absorb impact and will also protect against sliding on the rough surface of a road i.e. “Road Rash”.

4. Suit: These one-piece suits are not only aerodynamic but are also designed to absorb impact and provide protection when sliding on the road’s surface. These suits can be purchased in both leather and Kevlar, with each having there are unique in their own perspective.

5. Helmet: Last but not least, the most important gear that every biker should own is a helmet. A helmet protects the most important part of the human body, and without it, even a minor accident can turn into a life threatening situation. Also, depending on State Law, every rider is required by the State to wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle for their own safety. If you’re planning a long distance trip, it is good advice to check the helmet laws for the States that you will be riding through.

Motorcycle Safety Myths

Myth 1: Bikers Wear Leather Because it Makes Them Look Cool

While leather does look cool, that’s just a bonus. Leather, because of its unique properties, is very protective against abrasions, cuts, and scrapes. It’s also very warm, even with the wind chill caused by riding on a cool day. Biker leathers are usually made from cowhide because it provides more protection than buffalo hide or pigskin. We know a rider whose front wheel slid on some new, wet street tar, and he slid right underneath the pickup truck that had stopped in front of him. While he had trouble waving “no problem,” to the cop who showed up, and his shoulder was sore for weeks afterwards, ultimately all he had to show for his spill was a black abraded area on the right shoulder of his brown leather jacket. Obviously wearing leather is no excuse for recklessness, but it can certainly help minimize bodily surface damage.

Myth 2: Drivers in Cages Don’t Give a Hoot About Bikers

It’s not that they don’t care – it’s that they don’t see you. They’re not looking for someone on a motorcycle. You can help these drivers see you by wearing motorcycle safety equipment, such as a bright helmet and brightly colored clothing. Motorcycle helmets do save lives, that is a fact. You can hear and see quite well with even a full-faced helmet. Also, have the proper safety equipment on your bike, including brighter-than-stock lights or extra lights.

Myth 3: The Louder the Pipes, the Safer You Are

If you’ve ever ridden in a group, you know you can barely hear the bike behind you. And the bikes on the side of you aren’t that loud either, unless they are right next to you. So no, loud pipes aren’t going to make people driving cars aware of you, especially if they have their noses buried in their cell phones, are eating, putting on makeup, reading, or are otherwise distracted.

Myth 4: Lay the Bike Down if You Are Going to Crash

This is the worst thing you can do. When you slide, you have a good chance of getting burned beyond belief by the exhaust or you could slide under a vehicle. Instead, learn how to brake effectively. The one time that it might be better to lay the bike down is if you are on an elevated roadway, such as a bridge, and the only alternative is to fall over the guardrail to your death.

Myth 5: Surface Streets are Safer than Highways

Many people believe surface streets are safer than highways because of the slower speeds. However, they are actually more dangerous since you have traffic coming at you from all sides, and often unexpectedly, since it is so difficult for drivers to “see” motorcycles. You have people pulling out of side roads, parking lots, and driveways. It’s bad enough when someone turns right on red and cuts off a car because they’re in a big hurry, but when that person does it to a motorcycle, there is more damage than just a busted fender. Highways are safer since you are all going in the same direction – unless you have some drunk guy driving in the wrong direction.