Top 10 Sexiest Motorcycles of All Time

Definitive? We're not sure. Debatable? For sure! It's not about price, it's not about performance. It's about the feeling they give you. Pics courtesy of Bennetts

Posted: 16 March 2010
by Roland Brown

9. Yamaha RD350LC
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Yamaha RD350LC

If bikes such as the Desmosedici and RC30 are motorcycling’s supermodels, then the RD350LC is the saucy sixth-former that all the boys fancied at school — and it’s no less appealing for that. In the early Eighties there was nothing on wheels that matched the Elsie’s blend of clean good looks, razor-sharp performance, racetrack cred and down-to-earth price. This was the blonde bombshell that teenaged leather-jackets could take home to meet the folks — and which was a total blast to ride.

Despite its humble status the LC had class in its genes. The liquid-cooled two-stroke twin was descended not only from Yamaha’s line of superb aircooled roadsters such as the RD350 and RD400, but also from the all-conquering liquid-cooled TZ350 and 250 racers. Adding the water jacket to the RD’s cylinders allowed Yamaha to boost output to 47bhp, good for 110mph with a thrilling kick as the power came in with an orgasmic six-grand shriek.

The simple but attractive styling matched the shapely tank, seat and sidepanels with eye-catching curved spokes, plus black engine and pipes. Competent forks, a cantilever monoshock rear end and sharp twin-disc front brake combined with light weight to make the Yam ace in the bends. It was the ultimate poor boy’s superbike; the star of a million teenage fantasies.

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No wonder, many Italian bikes. I'd have put the NR750 to a higher position.

Posted: 16/03/2010 at 22:04

Pretty predictable list, but in my order:

  1. Ducati 998s
  2. Laverda Jota
  3. Moto Guzzi V7 Eldorado
  4. Ducati 900ss
  5. Hesketh
  6. Vespa (the older the better)
  7. Honda CBX1000
  8. Kawasaki Z1
  9. BMW R90s
  10. Norton Commando

Posted: 16/03/2010 at 22:43

Glad to see the Slabby was there (even if was the 750 and not the 1100).

I would have liked to see the RD350LC a bit higher and the RC30 at the top spot.

Personal taste I guess...

Posted: 19/03/2010 at 12:28

not a mention for the 98 R1 ?

Posted: 20/03/2010 at 06:43

yamaha R1

   any sexier and I'll go blind...

Posted: 20/03/2010 at 08:45

           Number 1.          1999 Suzuki Hayabusa, Copper.

 The motorcycle that revolutionised the meaning of pure usable power and top speed.The rest are just expensive pose machines.The new MV's are expensive assesories promoted by fasion magazines as sexy.Where is the evidence to show thier worth ?   

The Busa set the bench mark in aerodynamic design and linear power,something the rest of the manufacturers are only just acheiving today.

Posted: 23/03/2010 at 02:12

Pretty true to form - but they missed out a few:

Husky Nox

Vincent Black Shadow

Bimota Tesi

Gilera Saturno

 And more - loads for other people as it is a bit subjective, personally I'd include a VOR530SME and a CR500AF.

Posted: 24/03/2010 at 19:22

Good list but they need to replace the CBX1000 with the RVT1000. One of the best V-Twins ever made!

Posted: 26/03/2010 at 17:24

HONDA X11 anyone?

no didnt think so..... love is blind as they say.

Posted: 30/03/2010 at 14:03

RC30 Top Dog for me. Beautiful machine

Posted: 31/03/2010 at 14:49

My yamaha thunderace lol

Posted: 20/08/2010 at 17:24 I dont feel that Ive just been reliably informed for some reason. You people have no soul. How on earth could you leave out the BMWR90S? The first 1998 R1 as well - they went downhill from there though, the new ones look like a girl addicted to plastic surgery. i.e., should be sexy but has just done a bit (a lot) too much. The RD350? Every design principle of sexiness is missing from that bike. You got number 1 right though, no contest there.

Basically it goes like this. Japanese bikes are all ugly except for their racing machines. They had a little revival in the late 90's early to mid 00's and have just gone absurd now. Italians lead the way in design and always have done basically, the Germans were hot post world war 2 up to1980 when they totally lost the plot. The Brits ? Yeah they're alright. I dont see how you could leave out the Brough Superior or the Norton Comando, though Triumph MK2 has never roused my trouser. Americans? Should stick to burgers - and they're no good either. Get that Harley out of there, Ive never seen such over ratedness in all humanity, though they'd make good tractors.

Posted: 24/08/2010 at 01:33

are the bikes really the sexy or the girls in the picture? hmp..

Posted: 25/11/2010 at 18:11

i owned one in black so have to agree

Posted: 23/12/2010 at 23:19

i own a ducati 916 sps, all i can say is wherever i go, everybody from kids to chicks , elder women , men , all look and gaze at it s beauty.

and when i ride it, it s roar makes the car alarms go off, kids cry thinking they got struck by thunder, girls get wet wherever i go.

that s what i call a sexy bike, and my dream cometrue since i was an embrio .

Posted: 19/05/2011 at 20:03

You guys dont no what sexy is

Posted: 17/09/2011 at 06:56

This list is incomplete without the stunningly beautiful TRIUMPH DAYTONA least in the TOP 3. (In strontium yellow or absolute timeless classic!

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:14

Hi Futter


God bless Nelson Mandela.

Unfaired bikes are for ballet dancers.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:14

Hi RocckkkD


that's' a grat'e po's't yoo rote - wot a grate s'el'ectshun ov b'iks'. A'nd oll them men gazzing at choo. Oooh

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:17

the rc 30 im my opinion, followedby the nr 750, very erotic, sorry i mean exotic, lol

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 08:20

I've examined all the photos. Did you say there were bikes in this article, somewhere?

The Ossa Stiletto was the sexiest dirt bike every.

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 17:18


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 17:18

This list, to my mind is back to front - or upside down if you want it that way. RC30 & SPS should be top of the list & WTF is that Harley doing in a sexy bike list?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 19:45

no Honda 250 6 ? I mean lets face it... it's a sexy bike

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 11:54

Honda GB500tt full stop.

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 11:49

Sexiest motorcycles of all time? ...have you never seen a Craig Vetter designed Triumph X75 Hurricane? Check the contemporary quotes below, then google some pics! LOL

Craig Vetter: "The function of the Hurricane was to make me stand out in a world of foreign motorcycles. The function of my design was to look American. Its function was also to make its rider be noticed by women.”

Eventually, Peter Thornton, president of BSA/Triumph North America, got wind of the prototype and demanded to see it. “My God, it’s a bloody phallus,” he exclaimed. “Wrap it up and send it to England.”

"Vetter took a bike (the Triumph Trident) that was bone ugly and made it beautiful"

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:07

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