Best bikes in the world: The power of BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki and Honda

Best bikes in the world: When it comes to the list of the world's best bikes, the race is between the beauties produced by BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki and Honda. Take a look at the best of the best bikes every man lusts for

ducati multistrada 950 s

Ducati Multistrada 950 S

The Multistrada 950 S is the entry-point to Ducati’s adventurer tourer range and its relatively affordable price-tag, comfortable ergonomics, and the more compliant engine makes it a popular choice. The lower-spec 950 S gets Ducati's signature Multistrada styling shared by its bigger-sized siblings, making it one of best-looking adv-tourers out there. Powering the motorcycle is a BS6-compliant 937cc L-twin engine that produces 113hp, which is more than enough. Ducati also offers a comprehensive electronics package for added safety.

Rs15.49 lakh (ex-showroom)

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triumph street triple rs

Triumph Street Triple RS 

Arguably the best in its class, the Triumph Street Triple RS is the quintessential middleweight naked sportbike which is very difficult to fault. The bug-eyed motorcycle has dominated the segment for many years thanks to its unique styling, sporty dynamics, and fantastic triple-cylinder engine. The 2020 Street Triple RS continues to be assembled in India and gets several updates over the previous, BS4 model. The top-spec RS variant is powered by an updated 765cc triple that produces 123hp. The styling has also been slightly tweaked along with getting few more track-ready hardware, including bi-directional quickshifter.

Rs11.13 lakh (ex-showroom)

triumph tiger 900 n

Triumph Tiger 900

The Tiger 900 was one of the most awaited motorcycle launches of 2000 and it finally arrived on the Indian shores in June this year. The Triumph Tiger 900 is a replacement to the highly popular Tiger 800 and it is a completely different motorcycle from the ground up as compared to its predecessor. It is powered by a new 888cc three-cylinder engine that produces 94hp and gets a unique 1-3-2 firing order, giving it a distinct character and more usable power for tarmac and off-road uses. The chassis and bodywork is also completely new, highlighted by the new slimmer headlight cluster, which along with its extensively updated electronic aids make it one of the best in its class.

Rs13.7 lakh (Rally — Rs14.35 lakh; Rally Pro — Rs15.5 lakh)

bmw r1250 gs

BMW R1250 GS

The full-size GS is the most revered name in the adventure tourer segment with an iconic status. For years, it has been the most preferred motorcycle by world explorers on two wheels thanks to its capabilities. The R1250 GS was launched as an update to the R1200 GS in 2018 with several improvements, including the bigger 1254cc two-cylinder boxer engine. Equipped with BMW’s new Shiftcam variable camshaft control system, it produces 136hp. With top-shelf features, rider aids, and ultra-comfortable ergonomics, the R1250 GS is one of the best touring motorcycles money can buy.

Rs20.45 lakh (ex-showroom)

bmw s 1000 rr

BMW S 1000 RR

Launched in 2009 as a homologation motorcycle to compete in the Superbike World Championship, this track-oriented superbike has earned itself the status of a legend in a relatively short duration. It’s considered the Mercedes S-Class of the motorcycling world for being a leader in introducing new technology and innovative features. In 2019, the supersport received to most thorough update, completely changing it from the ground up. The motorcycle’s characteristic asymmetric headlights were also replaced, which initially wasn’t received well by its patrons. The new S 1000 RR continues to be one of the most capable superbikes in its segment.

Rs18.50 lakh (ex-showroom)

2018 Honda Africa Twin

Honda CRF 1100L Africa Twin

Just like the Fireblade, the Africa Twin is another highly revered name thanks to the popularity of the original Africa Twin that was based on four-time Paris-Dakar rally winning motorbike. In 2015, Honda revived the nameplate by launching a highly capable dual-sport motorcycle that quickly became very popular amongst the motorcycle touring community. The next-generation Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin debuted last year and gets a long list of updates, including new styling and a bigger 1084cc engine that produces 102hp.

Rs15.35 lakh (ex-showroom)

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kawasaki versys 1000

Kawasaki Versys 1000

The Versys 1000 is one of the most underrated motorcycles in the country despite the fact that it is the most affordable litre-class adventure tourers. Kawasaki says it has been BS6-compliant since its last update in 2019. The motorcycle’s 1043cc inline four-cylinder engine produces 120hp and is an absolute gem with buttery smooth power delivery. It is also packed to the gills with electronic rider aids, making it a very compelling proposition for buyers looking for a litre-class touring motorcycle.

Rs10.99 lakh (ex-showroom)

ducati panigale v2

Ducati Panigale V2

The Panigale V2's style is inspired by its bigger-sized sibling, the Panigale V4. However, under the new bodywork is the same 955cc engine and underpinnings as its predecessor which has been slightly tweaked for the new motorcycle. It produces 5hp more than before with an output of 155hp. 

Rs16.99 lakh (ex-showroom)

bmw s1000 xr pro

BMW S 1000 XR Pro

The BMW S 1000 XR, which made its debut in 2015, recently received a thorough update from the ground-up. The adventure sports tourer has been upgraded with a new engine, frame, and fresh new styling along with the latest electronics package. The sporty all-round motorcycle has been given aggressive styling with slimmer LED headlights, muscular stance, and prominent aero elements. The new BS6-compliant 999cc four-cylinder engine produces 165hp and has been updated for more power in the midrange for better street performance.

Rs20.90 lakh (ex-showroom)

bmw r18

BMW R18

After revealing the stunning heritage-inspired Concept R18 at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este last year, the Bavarian automaker followed it up by introducing the production variant earlier this year. The pre-war era design of the cruiser is a tribute to the iconic 1936 BMW R5 motorcycle and gets similar design elements such as the round LED headlamp, tear-drop-shaped fuel tank, and the swooping rear fender. Powered by a brand new 1802cc engine, it is the biggest boxer engine BMW has ever fitted in a motorcycle, making the retro-modern motorcycle truly unique.

Rs18.9 lakh (ex-showroom)

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kawasaki z900

Kawasaki Z900

The Kawasaki Z900's  wild looks, excellent value proposition and rider-friendly ergonomics can be attributed as the biggest reasons for its popularity. The BS6-compliant model was launched a few months back without a significant price increase, in spite of the fact that it gets styling as well as hardware upgrades. The new Z900 also offers four riding modes — Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider.

Rs7.99 lakh (ex-showroom)

kawasaki ninka 1000 sx

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

If there is a comfortable litre-class superbike that you can use every day without much hassle, it has to be a Ninja 1000. Despite its massive 1043cc four-cylinder engine, the sports tourer is extremely rider-friendly thanks to its comfortable riding position and a complaint state of tune for the engine. The fourth-generation, BS6-compliant Ninja 1000SX was launched in India in the month of May this year and it still carries a tempting price tag of Rs10.79 lakh, making it one of the cheapest litre-class superbikes. The new model gets subtle styling tweaks and an updated electronics package.

Rs10.79 lakh (ex-showroom)

2020 HONDA FIREBLADE CBR1000RR-R & CBR1000RR-R SP

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

Very few nameplates in the history of motorcycles are as legendary and celebrated as the Fireblade. The Japanese superbike has ruled the roads and racing circuits for many years. However, it had begun to lag behind its European competition over the last few years in terms of power and hardware. But Honda addressed it by launching the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, which is arguably the new king in the litre-class sports bike segment.

Rs26 lakh (estimated)

triumpy rocket 3 gt

Triumph Rocket 3 GT

The Triumph Rocket 3 GT features a slightly relaxed riding position,  lower seat height, fly-screen, heated grips and a height-adjustable backrest. It is powered by the same 2500cc three-cylinder engine as the R variant that produces 167hp. The highlight feature of the Rocket 3? It has the biggest engine fitted to a production motorcycle.

Rs18.4 lakh (ex-showroom)

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triumph bonneville speedmaster

Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

It's the most underrated model in Triumph’s massive Bonneville line-up. The cruiser is based on the Bonneville T120, sharing the same 1200cc engine that produces 79.5hp. Largely unchanged since it debuted in 2018, the Speedmaster's BS6 variant now comes with a new blue colour scheme.

Rs11.33 lakh (ex-showroom)

ducati scrambler 1100 pro and sport pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and Sport Pro

The new Scrambler is available in two versions — Pro and Sport Pro — and feature mechanical and cosmetic changes over the regular Ducati Scrambler. The biggest change comes in the form of a BS6-compliant 1079cc L-Twin engine that makes 86hp.  

Scrambler 1100 Pro: Rs11.95 lakh;  Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro: Rs13.74 lakh (both ex-showroom)

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