Our review compares motorcycle brands on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which motorcycle brand they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 489 Australians for their feedback on the motorcycle(s) they currently own and have ridden in the last three years.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
American manufacturer Harley-Davidson is an icon of the motorcycle world, and remains an especially popular choice for riders chasing a cruiser model. But in comparison to most competitors, it’s one of the more expensive brands available, meaning it may not be for everyone.
While most of its range is colloquially referred to as a ‘hog’, Harley-Davidson has branched out from the traditional Softail models to include smaller types, including more agile Sportster bikes for those steering more towards riding in the city. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Harley-Davidson offers multiple touring and trike models for those looking to head up the highway.
If you haven’t spent much time around motorcycles, chances are you’re not sure where to start when it comes to choosing one to ride out the door with. While plenty of brands offer sleek looking models and eye-catching colour schemes, each motorcycle type provides a different riding experience, and are made for different situations. Below is a quick guide to different motorcycle types, to give you an idea of which to take a closer look at.
Most motorcycle dealerships will allow you to test ride your prospective new wheels, so be sure to make the most of the opportunity and test out all types of bikes to ensure you find the best fit for your riding style and intentions.
With so many motorcycle types to choose from, which one is the most popular among new buyers and owners? In Canstar Blue’s latest survey, the following motorcycle types were the most popular:
2% of survey respondents were also unsure of what type of bike their most recent purchase was, and given how many subcategories of motorcycles are, it can be forgiven as to which camp you fall into.
Despite generally being cheaper than buying a car, a motorbike can still dent your budget, with survey respondents having spent more than $10,000 on average on their latest motorcycle purchase.
Similar to how cars require regular servicing and maintenance checks, it’s important to remember that there are still extra costs associated with owning a bike. However, over a third of those we surveyed believe that riding a motorcycle is still cheaper than driving a car (39%), which may also be the final factor for those looking to decide between four wheels and two.
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Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s motorcycle brand ratings:
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