Can You Identify These Motorcycle Models From an Image?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Since the time of the "velocipedes," man has loved motorcycles. And no, we are not talking cavemen days with velocipede dinosaurs.

Velocipedes were the first steam-driven bicycles. The first motorcycles if you will.  And then, as the internal combustion engine was perfected and cars were invented, so to was the motorcycle. 

The term motorcycle was first coined in 1894 when two Germans by the name of Hildebrand and Hofmuller made their first model. They soon went into production, manufacturing a few hundred units. Over in England, the term was used by E.J. Pennington but his design never went beyond a prototype.

In America, the motorcycle soon became very popular thanks to those Indian Motorcycles (formed in 1901) and Harley-Davidson (formed in 1903)

Of course, many incredible bikes have come out of Europe (think BMW), Great Britain (Norton, BSA, Royal Enfield) and Japan (Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki). 

As a bike aficionado, you probably have your favorites, but do you think that you will be able to identify a certain bike from just looking at an image? Believe us when we say, this is going to take all of your bike knowledge to ace.

Just take your time!

Good luck!


One of the motorcycling world's most iconic names, the 1940 Indian Chief included a sprung frame for the first time. Its those low-cut mudguards that really gave it an incredible look, however.

The iconic Honda Gold Wing is instantly recognizable. This massive touring bike includes GPS, heated seats and all other kinds of luxuries. A true legend of the highway.

The Hayabusa, Japanese for falcon, is a legendary model from Suzuki and for a long period, was the fastest production road bike in the world. It even looks a little like a bird of prey.

This four-cylinder engine 1905 motorcycle was certainly something to behold. The FN Four was very different from the single and twin cylinder engines at the time.

Certainly one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made, the Royal Enfield Bullet holds the record for the longest production run for a motorcycle in the world, over 80 years. Although it originated in Britain, modern versions are actually built in India.

A British classic loved all over the world, the Bonneville name is synonymous with "cool" motorcycling. After all, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen and James Dean all rode Bonnevilles.

This Harley classic was a staple of the American war effort in World War II. In fact, 90,000 of them were used by various armed forces during the conflict. This helped spread the Harley name around the world and led to raised sales in countries outside the U.S. when the conflict came to an end.

Just the most popular selling motorcycle in the world. That is the Honda Super Cub's claim to fame. This single cylinder motorcycle is the bike equivalent of the Model T or the Volkswagen Beetle. Over 60 million have been built over the years.

The BMW R32 was powered by a twin boxer engine with a drivetrain arrangement still in use with the company today. But the area where the R32 really stands out is in the looks department. It is a STUNNER!

With its long travel suspension, wide foot pegs, punchy Boxter engine and very upright seating position, the BMW 1200GS is equally happy as a day to day motorcycle as it is hopping dunes.

Considered to be one of the first true "superbikes," the Honda CB750 was introduced in 1969. It was extremely popular due to the fact that it was easy to start (electric starter) and maintain. And it was quick, reaching its top speed of 120mph in next to no time.

The Harley Davidson Sportster model has been a Harley product since 1957. Sportsters have always been driven by a 45-degree V-Twin.

The R1 is an important part of the Yamaha family and brings a track experience to the road. The 2009 model includes a fly-by-wire throttle!

A bike of rare beauty, the Ducati 916 was a hit during the Superbike World Championships in the late 1990s, quickly capturing four titles. That certainly help increase sales of the street legal version.

The Commando from Norton quickly made a name for itself on the racetrack. Using rubber mountings on the engine removed all unpleasant vibrations at high speed, which meant riders never fatigued as easily. This was part of its racing success which quickly made it a popular road bike.

Honda had the CB750 and Kawasaki the Z1. Released in 1973, it quickly was named "Machine of the Year" by The Motorcycle News. Sales were also helped by lots of on-track success.

A dirt track legend, the XR750 was hastily put together thanks to AMA rule changes in 1970. It went on to be the most successful bike in AMA racing history. Its popularity was also helped in the fact that it was used by a certain Evel Knievel.

Although it was difficult to handle at low speeds and certainly twitchy under the throttle, the Moto Guzzi LeMans became a quick favorite with bikers. This cafe racer was built between 1976 and 1992 although later models no longer kept the cafe racer looks.

With its classic cafe racer looks, the 864 cc Ducati 900S quickly became popular. It didn't hurt that it won at the Isle of Man TT at its first attempt.

The R60/2 was in production at BMW for a period of 13 years and equally capable off-road and on it. It was so durable that Danny Liska once took an R60 on an incredible 95,000 mile ride from the Article Circle to the most southern point of South America.

210 brake horsepower, 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds and stunningly beautiful looks. That's the H2 Ninja from Kawasaki. Perhaps their most impressive bike ever.

A street legal version of Ducati's 2006 MotoGP bike, the Desmosedici RR is truly beautiful. Only 1,500 examples of this ultimate Ducati were made.

Driven by a 2.1-liter V-Twin engine, the Confederate R131 Fighter is something to behold. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Fighter costs a little over $100,000.

The Eletra Glide from Harley Davidson is the famous maker's highway eating machine. This comfortable bike easily carries two riders for miles, and miles, and miles and has done so for the last 49 years.

Certainly it is similar looking to the Harley Wide Glide, but the Shadow from Honda has plenty of charm of its own. Over the years, the Shadow has become something of a cult ride.

Honda's first sport bike with a full fairing, the CBR600 has become on of the Japanese motorcycle maker's legendary machines. It gave the man on the street something close to what track riders experienced.

Crotch rockets don't come with anymore more pedigree than the Kawasaki Ninja. Since its introduction, fans of Japanese sports bikes have made the Ninja a firm favorite.

The Vmax from Yamaha is certainly a brute. Powered by a 1.2-liter V-four engine, the Vmax has always been popular. In fact, after it was released in 1985, it was quickly named Bike of the Year from a number of publications.

Purpose built to commerate a famous victory by Ducati's Paul Smart, the PS1000LE use the Sport Classic series as its base but many new things were added.

Named the Superhawk, the CB77, an offering from Honda is driven by a 305cc parallel twin motor. It helped break Honda into the Western market, thanks to its reliability. It also didn't hurt that the Honda was nimble and fairly quick.

What a looker the Brough Superior is. The SS100 was dubbed the Rolls Royce of motorcycles and it's not difficult to see why.

The parallel twin 500cc engine in the Truimph Speed Twin was quickly copied by competitors. That's because it was lighter but produced more power than the single cylinder engines of the day. Essentially, this was the forerunner to the Bonneville.

The Black Shadow was certainly quick. It could reach 125 mph, which was a lot faster than other bikes of its era. It also looked incredible, with sections of the bike covered in black enamel. The Shadow was built between 1948 and 1955.

Sporting a liquid-cooled engine for the first time in its 99-year history, Harley's V Rod met with mixed reviews initially. There is no denying, however, that the V Rod is an impressive looking machine.

Since its debut a little over 20 years ago, the Ducati Monster has been somewhat a crowd favorite. Nothing fancy here, just a bike that gets you from A to B ... fast and with no frills.

In 1950, this motorcycle dominated the Isle of Man TT, securing 5 of the top 6 positions.

Just look at it! Even today, nothing quite looks like the Gilera CX. It's probably because of those almost enclosed wheels and the pointy nose. Perhaps even weirder is the fact that this mean looking bike is powered by a 125cc engine. Don't worry ... it pushes the Gilera to 100mph in next to no time.

The RG500 "Gamma" from Suzuki is legendary. Released in the 1980s, the RG500 had 94 brake horsepower. It was quick, and immediately became a favorite of boy racers everywhere.

Although it looks like it will only tame the dunes, the Aprilia SXV is equally at home as a daily run-around. It quickly became a firm favorite with a range of motorcyclists.

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