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2018 New and Updated Motorcycles To Get Excited About

Our list of bikes we think women will love


Every year, motorcycle manufacturers unveil their newest creations as well as updated models. At Women Riders Now, we’re interested in new features and designs made with women in mind.

The manufacturers we're featuring are BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian Motorcycle, Kawasaki, Polaris Slingshot, Royal Enfield, Triumph, and Yamaha. Take a look at our list, then post your comments on what bikes you love and why.


K 1600 B This luxury touring motorcycle, WRN reviewed here, comes with a relaxed feet-forward position—perfect for long distance travel—and the extended windscreen gives the rider excellent weather protection. One of the features women will appreciate is the Shift Assist Pro allowing the rider to shift up and down without engaging the clutch. In addition, the low center of gravity makes it easy to comfortably handle the large motorcycle. The Grand America edition of this bike offers a few more details not found on the base model, including LED light integration in the top and side cases, optional passenger floorboards, and two new finishes. 

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The BMW K 1600 B, ridden here by WRN contributor Jamie Elvidge, has a relatively low seat height for a BMW tourer at 29.5 inches. The large side cases allow women to pack a few extras they'll want on their trips.

G 310 GS This sleek and compact brand new adventure motorcycle from BMW gives riders the opportunity to own a BMW for the affordable base price of $5,695. The relaxed seating position gives riders a comfortable experience across all types of terrain, and the bike’s low weight of 374 pounds allows for easy maneuverability. This is a great option for riders new to dual-sport riding who want the time-tested reliability of a BMW GS motorcycle.

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The lightweight BMW G 310 GS is ideal for taller new riders and entry-level adventure riders.

F 750 GS and F 850 GS Since their introduction in 2007, the GS models of the F series bikes have been popular with women who ride on the road and occasionally off road. The redesigned two-cylinder inline engine creates increased power and torque while helping to reduce fuel consumption. The addition of two new ride modes, Rain and Road, make for safe and enhanced riding no matter the conditions.

2018 new motorcycles BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS
Owners of the BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS can expect new upgrades that increase power while decreasing fuel consumption.


Sport Glide The Harley-Davidson Sport Glide is the ninth model based on the all-new H-D Softail platform. The sleek new motorcycle is lightweight allowing it to deliver agility and performance riders have come to expect from a Harley-Davidson cruiser. A low seat height of 26.5 inches and forward mounted foot controls make this bike a great fit for a broad range of riders. The icing on the cake includes a useful USB charging port, keyless ignition, and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System, all of which come standard.

2018 New and Updated Motorcycles To Get Excited About Sport Glide
The Sport Glide offers riders both a sporty ride and the convenience of saddlebags and a small windscreen.

Street Glide Special One of the most popular touring models among women, the Street Glide, just got even better. The 2018 Street Glide Special combines top-end touring technology with sleek style and a robust infotainment system. The blacked-out color scheme of the handlebars, front forks, and engine give this bike a modern look and pairs great with any of the five color options available. The responsive suspension has easily adjustable rear shocks giving the rider total control over the feel of the ride. Rounding out the package is the comprehensive infotainment system with full-color touchscreen display paired with hands-free mobile phone connectivity, GPS, and full range audio from the dashboard speakers.

2018 new motorcycles Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
The Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special will no doubt attract women as its sister model, the Street Glide, did—gals who appreciate the more aggressive blacked out color scheme.

Softail — New Motorcycles Harley-Davidson is proud of its all-new Softail lineup, which WRN reviewed here. Besides the Sport Glide mentioned above, the eight other new Softails are the Street Bob, Low Rider, Slim, Fat Bob, Deluxe, Fat Boy, Heritage Classic, and Breakout. All these models are up to 35 pounds lighter and have a stiffer chassis for a more responsive ride with easier and better handling. H-D also splurged on new more powerful engines for the Softail lineup, giving each bike faster acceleration from 0 to 60mph, along with a smoother ride thanks to a counter-balance system that cancels out engine vibration while idling. These bikes aren’t short on looks and any rider will be pleased to see the variety of styles available in the Softail family.

2018 new motorcycles Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe Tricia Cornering
The Softail Deluxe, ridden here by WRN Associate Editor Tricia Szulewski, has a redesigned, stiffer chassis making it 35 pounds lighter and noticeably more responsive. Floorboards allow for a comfortable riding position.

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