Bike Marques

A brief guide to the world's motorcycle manufacturers

As one of the UK and Ireland’s leading motorcycle insurance experts we can provide cover for a range of bikes including classic, custom, off-road, vintage and the full breadth of modern machines – adventure, commuter, naked, mopeds, roadster, scooters, sports, supersports, tourer.

Our fully comprehensive, third party only and third party only fire and theft insurance also protects an extensive range of American, British, Chinese, German, Italian, European and Japanese motorcycle marques. That’s why we thought it might be good to provide a little who’s who of world motorcycling, pen pictures of the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright beautiful.

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AJS Classic Motorcycles

Classic Motorcycles with AJS

Looking for vintage motorcycles? From used motorcycles to old beautiful bikes, remember AJS! A. J. Stevens & Co – after Albert John Stevens – was established in 1910, the launch of what was to become an iconic British classic motorcycles marque being marked by the arrival of the single cylinder Model A, a 298cc, two-speed side side-valve machine.

 

Aprilia

Mopeds and Scooters– Aprilia

Looking for street legal mopeds and scooters? How about motor scooters? Think of Aprilia. Having, like so many, previously manufactured bicycles, Aprilia only moved into mopeds and scooters  in the 70s, kick-starting its entry with mopeds sand scooters such as the Colibri and Daniela then a 50cc motox, the Scarabeo.

Benelli and Custom Motorcycles

Classic Motorcycles– Benelli

From the best classic motorcycles to project motorcycles, you can even get unrestored antique motorcycles! Staking a claim as Europe’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer, classic motorcycles company Benelli first opened as a repair shop, with matriarch Teresa Benelli overseeing her six sons.

Custom Motorcycles with Bimota

Custom Motorcycles– Bimota

From the best custom chopper builders, to having wicked custom cycles, we know you love custom built motorcycles! Have you thought about using Bimota? Back in 1972 three great men, – Valerio Bianchi, Giusseppe Morri and Massimo Tamburini – founded Bimota, the name coming from the first two letters of the trio’s name, But it is the ‘ta’ who can take greatest credit for the acclaim and adoration from which Bimota benefits.

Classic Motorcycles-BMW

Classic Motorcycles and BMW

From old BMW motorcycles for sale to vintage motorcycles, is owning a classic motorcycle a dream for you? If so, think BMW.
An unintended consequence of Germany’s signing of the Treaty of Versailles was the creation of one of the world’s greatest classic motorcycles (and car) marques.

Custom Motorcycles-Boss Hoss

Custom Motorcycles– Boss Hoss

You’ve probably been looking for the best custom motorcycle builders and for some wicked custom cycles! Well, think of Boss Hoss! Born in 1990, when former commercial airline pilot Monte Warne created his and Boss Hoss’s first Chevrolet V8 engine single-geared cruiser custom motorcycles.

Custom Motorcycles with Buell

Custom Motorcycles-Buell

Looking for custom motorcycle manufacturers? You know you need some wicked custom cycles! One key one is Buell, a custom motorcycles company founded in 1983 by University of Pittsburgh Engineering graduate, former Harley-Davidson engineer and ex-AMA Superbike and F1 racer, Erik Buell.

Cagiva

Custom Motorcycles,

Cagiva-Firstly Component Parts

Looking for the best custom chopper builders? Or maybe just some custom sports bikes for sale? Cagiva could be a great manufacturer to look at! Giovanni Casiglioni first founded Cagiva in 1950 as a component manufacturer before beginning custom motorcycles manufacture in 1978.

Classic Motorcycles and CCM

Custom Motorcycles-CCM

Looking for custom motorcycle builders and wicked custom cycles for sale? Manufacturing life began in 1971 with a Clews Competition Machines’ chassis harnessed to BSA 44 engine custom motorcycles and latterly BRP-Powertrain’s Rotax which motored the dual sport supermoto CCM604.

Classic Motorcycles and Derbi

Classic Motorcycles– Derbi

Tired of your old vintage Triumphs? Well if you want classic motorcycles for sale, think of Derbi! The classic motorcycles company Derbi was established by 1949 by Simon Rabasi I Singla whose initials were given to the former bicycle repair shop’s first motorcycle, the two-gear 48cc SRS.

Classic Motorcycles with Ducati

Classic Motorcycles– Ducati

From old choppers for sale, to vintage motorcycles, have a look at Ducati. The first engine, the two-stroke Cuccioli, emerged from the Ducati brothers workshop in 1946 with the first fully fledged Ducati motorcycle launched by 1950.

Classic Motorcycles and Gilera

Classic Motorcycles-Gilera

Looking for rare vintage motorcycles? Well don’t forget Gilera! Fresh-faced 22 year old Giuseppe Gilera first harnessed his own designed twin overhead valve engine to a bicycle frame to create the VT317 classic motorcycles in 1909.

Classic Motorcycles with Harley-Davidson

Classic Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson

Looking for classic motorcycles for sale? Or perhaps even a used Harley Davidson for sale? Got to love a Harley! William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson launched their first classic motorcycles way back in 1903 with the first classic motorcycle 45 degree V-twin rolling off the line in 1909 and a sports machine a decade later. Within 17 years of its founding the marque H-D was the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer.

Classic Motorcycles and Honda

Classic Motorcycles – Honda

Looking for a vintage Honda 50 for sale or even vintage Honda motorcycles classified? Honda definitely redefined motorcycling. At the forefront of the “Japanese invasion”, Honda started motorcycle production with the classic motorcycles Model Ds in 1949 and within a decade emerged as the world’s biggest manufacturer, a title it retains to this day courtesy of a broad range of typically impeccably designed and built machines.

Classic Motorcycles with Indian

Classic Motorcycles – Indian

Remember when the Indian chief was for sale? Wishing there were more Indian vintage motorcycles for sale? Think Indian! America’s first motorcycle company began life in 1897 as a bicycle manufacturer but within four years had spawned its first prototype with the first Indian badged motorbike, a classic motorcycles single cylinder machine throwing out 1.75bhp, hitting the US streets in 1902.

Custom Motorcycles and Italjet

Custom Motorcycles-Italjet

Looking for wicked custom cycles and custom motorcycle dealers? Don’t forget about Italjet!

Founded by Leopoldo Tartarini in 1959, Italjet’s first custom motorcycles, the Sport Junior 125s, was christened in 1961.

Custom Motorcycles with Kawasaki

Custom Motorcycles– Kawasaki

Looking for the best classic motorcycles? Perhaps even vintage Kawasaki motorcycles for sale? Like BMW, Kawasaki started life as an aircraft manufacturer, only entering the custom motorcycles industry following a merger with the Meguro Manufacturing Company in 1962.

Classic Motorcycles- KTM

Classic Motorcycles

KTM

From vintage choppers to used motorcycles for sale by owner or trade, we love all bikes! So don’t forget KTM as your new manufacturer. The initial seeds were sown as long ago as 1934 by a chap called Johann Trunkenpolz when opened a classic motorcycles retail and repair outfit in the Austrian town of Mattighofen.

Mopeds & Scooters-Lambretta

Mopeds & Scooters and Lambretta

Looking for street legal scooters and mopeds? Want a classic scooter or moped? when Fernando Innocenti clocked Allied troops zipping around on Cushman scooters it inspired the Italian to create what would become an iconic mopeds & scooters marque.

Laverda

Classic motorcycles -Laverda

Looking for project bikes for sale and vintage motorcycles? Don’t forget Laverda! Another Italian classic motorcycles post-war enterprise, Moto Laverda was founded in 1949, kick-starting life with a 75cc four-stroke before stepping up the cubic capacity in the 60s with mightier 650+ machines.

Malaguti

Classic Motorcycles -Malaguti

From vintage motorcycles to used choppers, remember Malaguti! Like so many classic motorcycles manufacturers Malaguti began life as a bicycle firm before embracing the internal combustion engine.

Classic Motorcycles- Moto Guzzi

Classic Motorcycles– Moto Guzzi

Looking for old project motorcycles for sale? Or maybe antique motorcycles unrestored? Do you remember Moto Guzzi? Claiming to be Europe’s oldest classic motorcycles manufacturer – or at least to have continuously produced bikes for the longest  – Moto Guzzi was founded in 1921, the same year the first BMW machine rolled off the line.

Classic Motorcycles-Moto Morini

Classic Motorcycles– Moto Morini

On the search for vintage motorcycles? Don’t think of used Honda motorcycles, think of Moto Morini! Having served in Italy’s 8th Motorcycle Unit Alfonso Morini returned after WW1 to work with Maria Mazzetti, creating the MM classic motorcycles marque.

Classic Motorcycles with Suzuki

Classic Motorcycles– Suzuki

Looking for vintage motorcycles for sale? From used motorcycles to project motorcycles, have a look at Suzuki. Whilst its roots date back to 1909 and the formation of the Suzuki Loom Manufacturing it wasn’t until the 50s that Michio Suzuki took the business into motorcycles, reportedly spurred on by his son’s request that dad pimp his bicycle with a motor.

Custom Motorcycles- Victory

Custom Motorcycles – Victory

Looking for custom choppers and Victory custom bike builders? Think Victory! Polaris Industries cannot only lay claim to America’s oldest motorcycle company through its ownership of Indian, but also one of its newest, custom motorcycles company Victory Motorcycles.