This handy guide includes all new or significantly updated street-legal motorcycles for the 2018 model year. Organized in alphabetical order by manufacturer, it includes photos and links to details or, when available, road tests about each bike. This guide will be updated as more new/updated models are announced, and when we’ve had a chance to ride them and report our impressions.
2018 BMW G 310 GS
Based on the G 310 R (see below), this wee GS has the same 313cc, 34-horsepower single and styling that’s a spitting image of the globetrotting R 1200 GS. First announced in late 2016, production delays bumped it to the 2018 model year.
2018 BMW G 310 R
This is BMW’s first foray into the sub-500cc roadster segment. The little naked bike is powered by a 313cc single that makes a claimed 34 horsepower, and it weighs just 349 pounds. Announced in late 2016 with a press launch in December, production delays bumped it to the 2018 model year.
2018 BMW K 1600 B
A blacked-out bagger based on the 6-cylinder, 160-horsepower K 1600 GT sport-touring platform. We rode it at the press launch in Asheville, North Carolina, and then rode it more than 3,000 miles through 14 states in 5 days for a thorough tour test.
2018 BMW R nineT Urban G/S
BMW’s fourth R nineT spin-off is an homage to the 1980 R 80 G/S that launched the adventure bike movement.
2018 CSC 250CR Cafe Racer
Built by Zongshen in China, the new-for-2018 250CR is a cafe racer powered by an air-cooled, 250cc single and is based on the TT250 model. For pricing and details, visit cscmotorcycles.com.
2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
This tribute to Ducati’s twin-cylinder World Superbike legacy claims to be the most powerful production twin-cylinder motorcycle in history, with a claimed 209 horsepower, harnessed to “the most advanced aluminum monocoque chassis.” Want to add one to your collection? The Panigale 1299 R Final Edition is shipping to U.S. dealers in limited quantities with an MSRP of $39,900.
2018 Ducati Monster 797+
The 803cc Desmodue air-cooled L-twin powered Monster 797 is being replaced for 2018 with the Monster 797+, which is essentially the same bike with a headlight fairing and pillion seat cover added on at no additional cost.
2018 Ducati Multistrada 950 Touring
For 2018, the Multistrada 950 Touring package will be available as a factory option. The Touring model joins the standard Multistrada 950 in Ducati’s lineup and includes color matched locking side cases and a centerstand. The standard model is available in dealers now, with the Touring shipping in December 2017. MSRP for the Touring model starts at $13,995.
2018 Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0
The new Scrambler Mach 2.0 was created in collaboration with Roland Sands, and its design echoes the SoCal atmosphere of the 1970s with a distinctive color scheme, larger gas tank, low handlebars and flat-track inspired seat. MSRP is $10,795.
2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout
For 2018, all Softail models (the family now includes former Dyna models such as the Fat Bob, Low Rider and Street Bob) will be powered by a dual-counterbalanced version of the Milwaukee-Eight V-twin (107ci or 114ci with oil-cooled heads) that’s rigidly mounted in a new lighter, stiffer steel frame. They also feature new Showa suspension, updated styling and more. The Pro Street-styled Breakout starts at $18,999, is available in 107ci or 114ci and features a fat 240mm rear tire, standard ABS and a smooth-top 3.5-gallon tank with hidden digital riser gauge.
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited
CVO stands for Custom Vehicle Operations, which is Harley-Davidson’s top-of-the-line factory custom division. The CVO Limited is a premium touring machine boasting claimed best-in-class power, stunning paint and the ultimate in rider and passenger comfort. It’s also equipped with the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system, remote locking luggage, a tire pressure monitoring system and a Tour-Pak carrier LED bezel, LED indicators and an LED light surround. It’s available in two must-be-seen-to-be-appreciated colors: Burgundy Cherry Sunglo Fade and Black Earth Fade. MSRP starts at $42,949.
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
The ultimate bagger with swagger, the CVO Road Glide gets the 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine, a 600-watt BOOM! Box 6.5GT audio system with wireless headset and a sleek new front fender that drapes over the first Harley factory-installed 21-inch Knockout front wheel. It’s available in three premium paints schemes: Black Earth/Vivid Black, Orange Lava/Dark Alloy and Gunship Gray. MSRP starts at $41,399.
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The CVO Street Glide gets the 117ci (1,923cc) Milwaukee-Eight V-twin that Harley claims is good for 125 lb-ft of torque and a 900-watt BOOM! Box sound system. Choose from three new premium paint schemes, Dark Alloy/Black Denim, Orange Lava/Black and Gunship Gray, with matching Talon wheels and rotors for a complete factory custom look.
2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe
One of the new-for-2018 Softails, the classic-looking, heavily chromed Deluxe starts at $17,999 and features standard ABS, full LED lighting and a 5-gallon tank.
2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob
With bold, futuristic styling, the new Fat Bob (formerly part of the Dyna family but now a Softail) starts at $16,999, is available in 107ci or 114ci and features an upside-down fork, dual-disc front brakes and a 3.6-gallon tank.
2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
One of the new-for-2018 Softails, the one-of-a-kind Fat Boy starts at $18,999, is available in 107ci or 114ci and features standard ABS, Lakester solid disc wheels shod with 160mm front/240mm rear tires and a 5-gallon tank.
2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic
One of the new-for-2018 Softails, the Heritage Classic tourer is available in 107ci or 114ci and comes with standard cruise control and ABS, a new detachable windscreen, lockable, sealed, water-resistant saddlebags, taller suspension, more load capacity and a 5-gallon tank. MSRP starts at $18,999.
2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
Ready for the boulevard, the Low Rider (formerly part of the Dyna family but now a Softail) starts at $14,999 and has a 5-gallon tank.
2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
The new Road Glide Special gets a new blacked-out look for 2018. New Talon wheels (19-inch front, 18-inch rear), black components like the engine guard, fork, handlebar, turn signals, tank console, air cleaner, engine cover, mufflers and exhaust shields, and custom touches like the stretched saddlebags, accentuate the Special’s new look. The 2018 Road Glide Special is available in Vivid Black, Wicked Red, Bonneville Salt Pearl and Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom paint, starting at $26,299.
2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
The stripped-down Softtail Slim starts at $15,899 and has the 107ci Milwaukee-Eight and a 5-gallon tank.
2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob
With mini-ape handlebars and a custom look, the Street Bob (formerly part of the Dyna family but now a Softail) starts at $14,499 and features the 107ci Milwaukee-Eight, a 3.5-gallon tank and a hidden digital gauge.
2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
The winner of our 2017 Bagger Comparo, the Street Glide Special gets a new blacked-out look for 2018. New Talon wheels (19-inch front, 18-inch rear), black components and stretched saddlebags adds to the custom style. The 2018 Street Glide Special is available in Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry, Bonneville Salt Denim and Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom paint, starting at $25,999.
2018 Honda CB650F
Honda says the CB650F, a naked, sport standard version of the CBR650F that’s powered by a 649cc DOHC in-line four, will come to the U.S. as a 2018 model.
2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
New to Indian’s Chieftain family is the Chieftain Classic (starting at $23,999) that features a 16-inch front wheel with the iconic valanced front fender, a genuine leather seat with fringe, the Ride Command infotainment system and much more. (Although “Classic” has been added to the model name, it’s essentially what the standard Chieftain used to be; for 2018, the standard Chieftain will run a 19-inch front wheel with an open fender.) The Chieftain Classic is available in three colors: Indian Motorcycle Red, Thunder Black Pearl and Star Silver Smoke.
2018 Indian Scout
For 2018, Indian’s mid-sized Scout cruiser, which is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1,133cc V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder that makes a claimed 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, gets an updated look and improved performance. Now standard are a cartridge fork front suspension and Pirelli tires, along with passenger accommodations, including a genuine leather passenger pillion and pegs. Starting at $11,499, the Scout receives two new colors for 2018, Metallic Jade and Willow Green over Ivory Cream.
2018 Indian Scout Bobber
Inspired by motorcycles stripped-down and hot-rodded by young veterans after World War II, the new Scout Bobber takes a dark, less-is-more approach to styling. There’s less chrome and fewer shiny bits, the fenders have been clipped and the riding position is more aggressive, with a longer reach to the tracker-style handlebar but a shorter reach to footpegs and controls. The non-adjustable fork offers the same 4.7 inches of travel, but it now has a cartridge design for better compliance. MSRP starts at $11,499.
2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse
The Springfield line now includes a Dark Horse variant, a blacked-out, toughed-up bagger, starting at $20,999. Similar to Indian’s other Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse features matte black paint with gloss black details. It also features an open fender to showcase the new 19-inch ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel, and its quick-release windshield features a blacked-out bracket.
2018 Suzuki GSX250R
This new 250 combines the 248cc parallel twin from Suzuki’s GW250 with bodywork inspired by the legendary Katana sportbikes.
2018 Suzuki GSX-S750
The GSX-S750 is now a 50-state model, with engine tweaks, shorter final drive gearing for quicker acceleration, new traction control, Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems, and new wheels. The GSX-S750Z has ABS and matte black paint.
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The 2018 V-Strom 1000 gets refreshed styling, Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems and the “Motion Track Brake System” (aka cornering ABS).
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
The XT version of the V-Strom 1000 model features a large-diameter, tapered aluminum handlebar and spoked wheels with tubeless tires.
2018 Yamaha Star Eluder
A bagger based on the new-for-2018 Star Venture (see below), the Star Eluder foregoes the top trunk, passenger backrest, Sure-Park System (electric forward/reverse) and a few other amenities. MSRP starts at $22,499.
2018 Yamaha Star Venture
Yamaha has jumped back into the luxury-touring game in a big way with the all-new Star Venture. Although the new bike resurrects a legendary name, the old Venture’s liquid-cooled V-4 has been dropped in favor of an updated version of the air-cooled, 1,854cc V-twin from the Raider. Yamaha says the Star Venture is the “ultimate transcontinental touring motorcycle.”
2018 Yamaha XSR700
Like the FZ-09-based XSR900 that was introduced for 2016, the new-for-2018 Yamaha XSR is based on the FZ-07 naked sportbike, which is powered by a 689cc Crossplane Concept parallel twin, and has neo-retro styling influenced by Yamaha’s XS series of motorcycles produced from the late ’60s to the 1980s.