Best Italian motorcycles: the top 10

Italian motorcycles are renowned all over the world for their incredible performance and large personalities. We’re here with our list of the best Italian motorcycles of all time.
The best Italian motorcycles the top 10

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Italians have a gift for creativity, and they work it out with passion.

An Italian nail hammer would have such curves and flair that it would no longer look like a regular nail hammer, but rather a mind-blowing piece of art. Anything Italian, from olive oil to cars, is sbalorditivo (stunning).

That is also true for motorcycles. From Ducati motorcycles to MV Agusta, Italy has some of the finest and fastest motorcycles in the world.

Le moto italiane sono amate in tutto il mondo

Italian bikes are loved all over the world.

Their success is outstanding, and they have notable assets.

But, though they are all fantastic, which ones are the best? And how can you say which one is the best if you haven’t used one before?

That is what we are exploring today. We’ve gathered a list of the best Italian motorcycles of all time.

Aprilia RSV4 FW

10/10 Aprilia RSV4 FW

If you’re looking for a top-tier Italian superbike, the Aprilia RSV4 should be your first choice. Of course, there are Ducati and MV Agusta, but this is a cutting-edge bike that will never go out of style.

Aprilia’s first 4-cylinder engine motorcycle produced 178 horsepower. Doesn’t that sound good? The new RSV4 is even better; it produces about 201 hp and has a top speed of 180 mph.

Moto Guzzi V8

9/10 Moto Guzzi V8

The Moto Guzzi is a vintage road racer that ruled the roads of Italy in the 1950s. The 500cc engine had four camshafts and eight small carburetors.

The water-cooled engine produced 78 horsepower, allowing the bike to reach a top speed of 175 mph. A motorcycle traveling at 175 miles per hour was quite an achievement back then.

The Moto Guzzi V8 is one of the best Italian motorcycles from the 1950s.

Laverda RGS 1000

8/10 Laverda RGS 1000

The Laverda RGS 1000 was one of the top-tier motorcycles produced by the Italians in the 1980s. The motorcycle provided touring comfort as well as a powerful engine with excellent handling.

Laverda began with farm machinery before moving on to motorcycle manufacturing, and it appears that this was their right field from the beginning.

Do you want the best touring motorcycle ever? The Laverda RGS 1000 is the vero affare (real deal).

Cagiva V589

7/10 Cagiva V589

The Cagiva V589 is one of the most popular racing motorcycles of the 1980s.

Randy Mamola, a renowned racing champion, raced on the red beast at several competitions. He didn’t win a race with his mighty Cagiva V589, but he did get some memorable podium finishes.

The Cagiva V589 is one of the best 2-stroke racing motorcycles of all time, with a maximum speed of 190 mph.

Ducati Scrambler Original

6/10 Ducati Scrambler (Original)

The Ducati Scrambler was restored in 2014, and it quickly became a legend.

The first Ducati Scrambler model hit the market in 1962. Ducati planned it with American teenagers in mind.

The motorcycles were built with engines ranging in size from 250cc to 450cc. There were also 125cc Ducati Scramblers, but they were only produced in small amounts.

Agusta Superveloce 800

5/10 MV Agusta Superveloce 800

MV Agusta is undeniably one of the best Italian motorcycles manufacturers. And the latest Superveloce (superfast) 800 just adds to the claim.

The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 is a breathtaking combination of modern art and retro design based on a superbike frame and the most advanced motorcycle technology.

Do you believe in witchcraft or black magic? Maybe you should, because it may have played a role in the design of this beautiful road beast.

Ducati Panigale V2

4/10 Ducati Panigale V2

The Ducati Panigale v4 and V4S have a new sibling: the 2020 Panigale V2.

The Panigale V2 is still a Ducati, despite its slight changes in shape and scale, and you know what that means? It means speed.

Moto Guzzi V7

3/10 Moto Guzzi V7

The Moto Guzzi V7 is another model on this list. This brand progressed from simpler concepts to the use of wind tunnels to build on their unique aerodynamic racing technology.

The Moto Guzzi V7 was much less complicated than the V8. The V8 had the appearance of a prototype bike rather than a real bike.

Moto Guzzi motorcycles were designed for the highways, and they performed admirably.

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Ducati 916 SPS

2/10 Ducati 916 SPS

Even before you see it, you fall in love with Ducati. The Ducati 916 SPS from the 1990s is no exception.

In the 1990s, this superbike drew a lot of interest in the world of superbike racing. For the trained eye, it was more than just a moving powerhouse; it was a piece of art in motion.

Don’t inquire about the cost of this curvy Italian beauty, because if you do, it’ll most likely be

fuori dalla tua portata.

out of your league.

Benelli TNT302S

1/10 Benelli TNT302S

The Benelli TNT3025 may not have as powerful an engine as many of the other motorcycles on this list, but its aggressiveness and readiness to go are what matter.

It’s hunched and hunkered, waiting for someone who wants to ride. Its 300cc engine can propel this mini-naked motorcycle to a top speed of more than 160km/h.

best Italian motorcycles

Best Italian motorcycles

The rumble of an Italian engine, whether it’s under the hood of a supercar or tucked within the frame of a motorcycle, has a certain appeal.

Cibo (Food). Vino (Wine). Motori (Engines). The three things you can count on Italy to shine at.

Ducati is the most well-known Italian motorcycle brand, thanks to the development of insane street machines.

But, Ducati is not the only game in town when it comes to the best Italian motorcycle brands.

This is our list of 10 of the best Italian motorcycles of all time.

Do you agree with us?

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Read also: Gorgeous Beasts: top 5 Italian luxury car brands

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FAQs on Best Italian motorcycles: the top 10

Who makes the best Italian motorcycle?

Ducati, without a doubt the most well-known Italian motorcycle brand today.

Are Italian motorcycles good?

Yes. They have a long history and a good design heritage, and once you get past a certain price point, they can be some of the best performance bikes money can buy.

Which is the No 1 motorcycle in the world?

It's a Ninja H2/R Kawasaki. Kawasaki set out to create the most potent bike in the world, and it succeeded.


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