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A Look Back in History: Motorcycle Brands


You might be into motorcycles because they are inexpensive to operate and easy to park, or maybe it’s the free hairstyling and the hot shot wardrobe. Narrowing down the style of your next set of two wheels is one thing, but figuring out what brand to consider can be an overwhelming process. Take a step back in history with us, as we present the historical insights on the Top 5 Motorcycle Brands on Carsforsale.com.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the home to Harley-Davidson, Inc.  Founded in 1903, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson produced a bicycle with a motor mounted on it from their small shed.  Initially developed to be a race bike, the Harley brand has grown to include over 40 models.  The majority of the motorcycle styles include traditional cruiser motorcycles utilizing air-cooled V-Twin engines, most popular being the Road King, Softail and Sportster. In 1983, the Harley Owners Group or HOG was formed as a club for owners of the Harley product. Harley-Davidson riders are one of the most loyal brand communities out there.

Harley Davidson Softail


Many rank Honda, based in Tokyo, Japan, as the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.  Focused on racing from the start, Honda was formed in 1946 by Soichiro Honda. The Big Red Wing brand is the sister group to both the Honda Motor Company and all things motorized – garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft, etc. Honda Racing Corporation was formed in 1982 for racing and development opportunities. Popular today for the CBR, Gold Wing, and Shadow models, Honda has a motocross or cruiser model for anyone.


Another company with its hands in multiple business industries is Kawasaki. Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company house the Motorcycle, ATV, Utility vehicles and personal watercraft products. In 1949, the Kawasaki Aircraft Company began development of a motorcycle engine. Really jumping into the motorcycle development business in the 60’s Kawasaki is now one of the major players from Japan. With bestselling KLR, Ninja and Vulcan styles, Kawasaki definitely makes its mark with over 40 models to choose from.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R


Michio Suzuki founded Suzuki Loom Works in Japan in 1909. Weaving looms were the prominent interest for Mr. Suzuki until he also began vehicle development in 1937. In 1952 the “Power Free” bike was developed. A 36cc, one horsepower with a two-stroke engine the rider could either pedal or run on engine power. Soon after the Suzuki brand entered the cycle racing world. The Suzuki brand as you know it today includes motorcycles, scooters, ATV’s, and outboard motors. The motorcycle GSX-R has been one of the most dominant superbikes over the past 25 years.


Established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation, the Yamaha Motor Company started its racing roots immediately. Yamaha’s current business line includes motorcycles, scooters, boats, ATV’s, personal watercraft, motors and much more. The cruiser style Star Motorcycles brand was born in 1994 under the Yamaha umbrella, however, these bikes are currently back under the Yamaha brand.  Known for a wide variety in their lineup, the Yamaha brand offers a wide selection of Supersport, Sport, Adventure, Cruiser and Touring styles.

This list of brands is only the beginning of the motorcycles offered on Carsforsale.com.  Search now, and find the perfect ride for you.

Caroline Rex

She's a graphic designer by trade, but loves writing blog posts on the side. As a closet car fanatic, Caroline enjoy sprinkling knowledge about the unique ins and outs of the underdogs of the auto world. #neonsruletheworld

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