By Wade Thiel
The Times They Are A-Changin’
With another year under our belts, I thought it worth it to take a look back over the last 12 months at the changes in the wonderful world of motorcycles. 2018 was no joke. There were plenty of killer new bikes and gear offered and tons of newsworthy items worth knowing and pondering.
It was a great year for motorcyclist and a year that posed some challenges and successes for bike manufacturers. Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting stories.
Here’s a look at some of the best bikes of the year and others for the 2019 model year that broke cover in 2018.
Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati’s 2018 Panigale V4 was touted as a killer sportbike by the company before anyone got to ride it. At the beginning of this year, Ducati let a bunch of goofy motojournalists ride the bike, and just about every one of them came away impressed.
Kevin Duke said, “it’s no exaggeration to describe it as one of the best sportbikes ever made, perhaps even the best.”
Honda Gold Wing Tour
The 2018 Honda Gold Wing is a highly anticipated bike. The Wing is a model loved and revered by many and despised only by those who have severe brand loyalty to a motorcycle manufacturer that isn’t Honda. It’s always been a hard model to dislike, but the new 2018 Gold Wing was all new, and there were questions if it would live up to its reputation. Honda invited motojournalists to ride it, and it seems the company just made the bike better.
Evan Brasfield said, “The Gold Wing Tour has the cross-country chops to inhale the mileage on the highway or meander your way down the most scenic of winding roads.”