Best Motorcycles Of 2018: MO Video Roundtable

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Wrapping up what we learned at the Fall motorcycle shows

The new model announcement season is an exciting time for motorcyclists, as it’s when we get our first glance at all the latest motorcycles being released in the upcoming year. While AIMExpo, with its extremely early event date (starting on September 22nd), was short on new models, EICMA blew the doors off of 2018 with no less than 37 different new bikes that we covered here on MO.

2017 AIMExpo Show Coverage

2017 EICMA Show Coverage

On our side of the ocean, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) included, as usual, Long Beach, California, giving the American motorcycle industry and public its first chance to see, throw a leg over, and, in some cases, take a test ride on one of the new models. If you weren’t able to attend the IMS in Long Beach, never fear, there are four remaining shows between now and the end of February 2018, including Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; and Washington, D.C.

With so many motorcycles on the menu for next year, we took some time after the Long Beach IMS Media Day to discuss the model year that is just over the horizon. So, strap on your riding gear and get ready for 2018. It looks like it will be a hell of a ride!

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For more information, here’s a list of all the models we’re looking forward to seeing in 2018:

Aprilia: Aprilia RSV4

BMW: BMW F850GS and F750GS, BMW K1600 Grand America, BMW C400X

Ducati: Ducati Panigale V4, Ducati 959 Panigale Corse, Ducati Multistrada 1260, Ducati Scrambler 1100

Harley-Davidson: Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide

Honda: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports, Honda CB1000R, Honda CB300R and CB125R, Honda CB4 Interceptor Concept, Honda NC750X

Husqvarna: Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Indian: Indian FTR1200 Concept

Kawasaki: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

KTM: KTM 790 Duke, KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

Lambretta: Lambretta V-Special

Moto Guzzi: Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon, Rough and Milano, Moto Guzzi V85 Concept

Royal Enfield: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Triumph: Triumph Tiger 800, Triumph Tiger 1200

Vespa: Vespa Elettrica

Yamaha: Yamaha FZ Line Renamed as MT Models, Yamaha MT-07, Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, Yamaha Ténéré 700 Concept, Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900GT

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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