15 Oldest Motorcycle Brands Still Sweeping the Market Today

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The world of motorcycles is rich with innovation, and over the years, many companies have emerged to leave their mark in the industry. However, only a few of these institutions have stood the test of time, remaining resilient despite technological shifts, economic upheavals, and changing consumer tastes. This list contains 15 of the oldest motorbike companies still in business, each with its unique legacy and contribution.

Kawasaki – 1896

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With its roots in the aerospace and heavy machinery sectors, Kawasaki Heavy Industries brings a unique perspective to manufacturing. Known for the Ninja sportbike series and the versatile Z line of naked automotive, Kawasaki’s vehicles are loved for their reliability. Products like the supercharged models push the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels.

Norton Motorcycle Company – 1898

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Norton is prominent for its bike racing history. Two of its products, the Norton Manx and Commando, are some of the most iconic models in motorcycling. Despite financial difficulties and ownership changes, Norton retains its emphasis on craftsmanship. The firm is now diversifying into high-end rides that embody its sports heritage and British craftsmanship.

Peugeot Motocycles – 1898

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This French manufacturer is the oldest bike firm still in continuous operation. Starting with motorized bicycles, Peugeot Motorcycles has evolved over the decades to focus on scooters and urban mobility solutions. It has pioneered several innovations in the two-wheeler segment, including the first scooter with a plastic body and advancements in electric mobility.

Indian Motorcycle – 1901

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Indian Motorcycle, America’s first bike producer, represents the United State’s ingenuity and perseverance. Renowned for track prowess and innovation, it experienced financial troubles and brief periods of dormancy. Indian Motorcycle was later acquired and revived by Polaris Industries, repositioning it as an essential player in the market.

Royal Enfield – 1901

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Established in the UK and branching off to India, Royal Enfield is famous for its resilience and adaptability. One of Enfield’s timeless products is the Bullet, which has been in continuous production since 1948. The company has recently ventured into new segments, like the adventure-oriented Himalayan and the 650 Twins, signaling a blend of aesthetics and modern engineering.

Triumph Motorcycles – 1902


Triumph’s story is one of rebirth and success. After facing bankruptcy in the 1980s, the brand resurfaced, re-establishing itself as a major manufacturer. Triumph bikes, ranging from the classic Bonneville to the high-speed Triple series, are famous for their British design. Its dedication to quality and its racing involvement continues to bolster its reputation.

Harley-Davidson – 1903

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Harley-Davidson is popular for its heavyweight cruisers and deep-rooted heritage. The brand’s distinctive V-twin engines and the loyal community of riders have made Harley-Davidson more than just a producer: it is a cultural icon. Despite facing challenges from changing demographics and market dynamics, Harley-Davidson is adapting by expanding into electric motorbikes and new fronts while maintaining its core identity.

Husqvarna Motorcycles – 1903

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From its beginnings in Sweden to its current position under KTM AG, Husqvarna has a legacy in off-road and competitive motorcycling. Although it has significantly contributed to motocross, supercross, and enduro, it continues to push the boundaries in efficiency and design. Husqvarna’s recent foray into street vehicles is another remarkable achievement, appealing to traditional riders and newcomers.

MZ (Motorradwerk Zschopau) – 1906

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Although it has experienced its share of challenges, including changes in ownership and direction, MZ’s legacy in two-stroke technology and competitions endures. Recognized for its innovative blueprint, MZ has immensely contributed to two-wheeler development. While its future direction remains uncertain, MZ’s historical impact on the industry is undeniable.

Suzuki – 1909


Suzuki transitioned from loom manufacturing to motorbike construction. This move resulted in a diverse lineup that includes the legendary Hayabusa, known for its breathtaking speed, and the GSX-R series, which has dominated racetracks worldwide. Suzuki’s approach to cycle production emphasizes performance and accessibility, with a range of designs to meet the needs of riders across the spectrum.

Moto Guzzi – 1921

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Operating from its original location on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, Moto Guzzi is renowned for creating the first motorbike center stand, wind tunnel, and eight-cylinder engine. Its signature transverse V-twin engines and distinctive creations have cultivated a loyal following. Today, Moto Guzzi balances classic styling with modern inventions across supplies like the V7 and V85 TT.

BMW Motorrad – 1923

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BMW’s motorcycle division has been at the forefront of technological advancement in the industry. It introduced the firstl0pbike with a hydraulically damped telescopic fork and pioneered anti-lock braking systems (ABS). BMW Motorrad’s lineup includes the GS adventure bikes, revered for their versatility and off-road capability, and the S series of sportbikes, known for their optimum output.

Ducati – 1926


From its origins in Bologna, Italy, and famous for its sport bikes and striking designs, Ducati has become a symbol of Italian excellence. Models like the Panigale demonstrate Ducati’s commitment to excellence. Its contributions to race vehicle technology, including desmodromic valves and trellis frames, and significant successes in World Superbike and MotoGP championships, underscore the organization’s international relevance.

Honda – 1946

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A post-WWII engineering wizard, Soichiro Honda transformed a simple vision into what is now the most significant automaker. Honda’s philosophy of providing reliable, accessible rides has led to makes like the Super Cub, the best-selling motor vehicle in history. The firm remains committed to quality development, with offerings ranging from the efficient and practical to the high-performance Fireblade.

Yamaha – 1955

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Yamaha’s entry into the automotive world was marked by its rapid ascent to prominence, leveraging innovative technology and design. Its extensive products include the YZF-R series, Ténéré lineup, and MT series. The manufacturing giant’s commitment to innovation is evident in its electric rides and advanced rider-assistance systems development.

Written by Johann H