A Guide To The World’s Legendary Motorcycle Manufacturers

A Guide To The World’s Legendary Motorcycle Manufacturers

There is a certain thrilling romance about the motorcycle. Dangerous, exhilarating and extremely fun – motorcycles are not for the faint of heart. Over the years, several manufacturers have attained a legendary status amongst motorheads. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most sought after machines. 

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson is perhaps the most recognizable name in motorcycle manufacturing. The legendary company is most famous for designing high powered, heavy set bikes that growl like great chained dogs and use up more fuel than a cargo ship. The company also has a line of performance bikes that really pack a punch. Harley Davidson bikes are relatively expensive: you pay for the name as well as the machine. 


Kawasaki motorcycles are famed for their high performance and futuristic looks. Models such as the Ninja set the standard for street racing bikes when they were first imported into the United States and Europe from Japan. The rise of Japanese high performance bikes sent shockwaves through the motorcycle industry as a whole. They were cheaper, faster and more advanced than anything offered by domestic manufacturers. 

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield began producing motorbikes in 1901. Enfield bikes were supplied to soldiers during both world wars and became famous for their reliability. The company in England failed to make profits in the late 20th century, but an Indian subsidiary is still going strong. Royal Enfield bikes produced in India still have roughly the same design as mid century models and are real beauties that can be purchased for a fraction of the price of an English example. If you want to import an Indian Enfield then consider contacting an international motorcycle delivery or shipping company to arrange delivery. 


The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company – founded in 1897 as the Hendee Manufacturing Company – is America’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer. The company initially began producing motorized pacing cycles before moving on to more traditional high powered bikes. It found success in the early days of long distance racing before becoming a consumer brand. Today, Indian motorcycles are well known workhorses on the American highway. The company specializes in producing high powered, low slung bikes that suit people with more than a little streak of outlaw in them. Not exactly fuel efficient, Indian bikes are suited to the long straight backroads of central north America. 


Triumph is a British company responsible for the game changing 1937 Speed Twin  – a commercial motorbike that could travel at 90 MPH – far faster than any production motor. The 1937 breakthrough led to 40 years of dominating the British high performance bike market. Unfortunately, the company suffered a great deal during the Thatcher era and had to close its doors in the 1980s. It was reborn in the early 2000s and continues to make high performance, high quality motorbikes. They tend to cost a little more than rival designs, but the detailing and great build quality make these bikes worth the cost.