Best First Rides of 2018

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By Motorcycle.com Staff

Every year Motorcycle.com gets invited to the press introductions for several new motorcycles – it’s the biggest perk of our job, and the reason all of us have stuck around as long as we have! The cycle goes like this: at the end of one year or the beginning of the next, manufacturers talk a big game about a new model launch, and/or the internet goes wild with social media rumors and opinions about a new bike. In turn we, the media, can’t wait to be the first to throw a leg over said bike to see what the fuss is about. Sometimes the motorcycle in question is a dud, other times it exceeds beyond our wildest dreams. Then you get the rare model that didn’t get much fanfare but turns out to be unexpectedly awesome.

Below, the crew at Motorcycle.com looked back at 2018 and picked some of our favorite First Rides of the year. These are the machines that impressed us from the moment we thumbed the starter for the first time, and often are the bikes we seriously consider adding to our own personal garages once we get home. It’s a good thing we don’t get paid enough to actually follow through. So what do we like? We’re glad you asked…

Ducati Panigale V4 S (Jan. 24, 2018)

It’s easy to forget about one of the most anticipated First Rides of the year, since it took place not long after 2018 started. The world’s moto press, including Motorcycle.com, couldn’t wait to get their grubby hands on the Ducati Panigale V4 S, and as Kevin Duke reports in his First Ride Review, it definitely didn’t disappoint. The excitement and anticipation was all rightfully centered around Ducati’s first V4 production engine (Desmocedici not included). Ducati moving on from its beloved V-Twin …read more

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