Top 10s

Top 10 bikes that died in 2018

They were introduced with fanfare but disappeared without a whimper

8: Triumph Thunderbird

The most recent incarnation of the oft-revived Thunderbird name was launched a decade ago as a 1600cc parallel twin cruiser, gaining a hike to 1700cc later in its life along with various spin-off versions like the Thunderbird Storm and Commander. It was a solid alternative to the default-choice Harley-Davidson, too, but Triumph has opted to consolidate its range around the Bonneville’s engine in 900cc and 1200cc form, and ditched the Thunderbird this year. The Speedmaster and Bobber are now the closest you can get to a Triumph cruiser.

7: Yamaha VMAX

The death of the VMAX seems to be a drawn-out affair. It was dropped in Japan in August last year, but remained on Yamaha’s UK website at the start of 2018. It’s still offered in America, too. But as far as Europe is concerned, it’s gone now – there’s no sign of Yamaha creating an emissions-legal version, since it’s always been a slow seller over here. But such is the reputation of the VMAX that it would be no surprise if, in a few years’ time, Yamaha is again persuaded to revive the name for another brutal straight-line bruiser.

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