Vehicle reviews can be very subjective things, with the author’s experience, opinions and views sometimes colouring things in a way readers might not like or appreciate. On the other side of the coin, are the paultan.org readers, who have their own diverse set of opinions and their own favourites amongst the many car and motorcycle reviews we posted.

This 2018 set of fan favourite motorcycle reviews showed a particular brand coming to the fore, taking the lion’s share of readership. Two reviews from 2018 reappear, after first coming up in the previous year’s list.

As can be seen, readers have a strong interest in the smaller displacement motorcycle segment, along with two-wheelers that represent value for money. This does not mean you guys and gals did not have an interest in motorcycle exotica, as least in the local market, with two examples making it into the top 10.

At a reader’s suggestion we did several comparison reviews last year as a way of testing the tarmac and response from readers was gratifying. This means we will try to do several more class and type shootouts in 2018 and attempt to give readers a more direct basis for comparison before you put down your cash on a new bike purchase.

So, here are the top 10 bike reviews in 2018 which paultan.org readers decided were worthy of attention. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did writing.

10. 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer, RM68,999

Ducati’s Scrambler range has more variations than Lady Gaga has image makeovers and more the better for it. The Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer captures the essence of that retro racer style and ticks all the right boxes for the rider who wants the Ducati name on a vintage looking motorcycle.

9. 2018 Yamaha XMax 250 – scooterific fun

Making it to the paultan.org Top Five Bikes list and now as a reader favourite is the Yamaha XMax 250. Blending looks, equipment fit out and rider conveniences, the XMax fits the bill for an urban scooter that is also capable of long distance highway jaunts.

8. 2018 Yamaha MT-10 – the heart of darkness

Here’s a motorcycle that is not officially imported into Malaysia but garnered a lot of interest from readers, the Yamaha MT-10, otherwise known as “The Heart of Darkness”. Making no apologies and taking no prisoners, the hooligan nature of the MT-10 appealed to many of you and perhaps Hong Leong Yamaha might actually consider importing it.

7. Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Z650 in Malaysia, RM36k-RM38k – fun with or without clothes on?

Kawasaki’s middleweight duo of the Ninja 650 and Z650 are priced below RM40,000 and paultan.org readers liked the budget conscious nature of the bikes. Lighter and faster than the ER6-series bikes they replaced, the Z650 and Ninja 650 appeal to many for the value for money ethos they bring to the table.

6. 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 250 – the Ninja attacks

Another one from Kawasaki, this time the Ninja 250. That readers are very interested in what happens in the quarter-litre class is understandable, as this is the transition into the “real” motorcycle platform, based on Malaysian licensing regulations.

5. 2017 Modenas Pulsar RS200 – RM11,342

The Modenas Pulsar RS200 makes a comeback into the fan favourites list of motorcycle reviews. Priced at approximately RM11,000, the RS200 has managed to build a following amongst Malaysian riders.

4. BMW S1000RR vs S1000R vs S1000XR – which four-cylinder Motorrad is the one for you?

One of three motorcycle comparison reviews we did in 2018, we put the three BMW Motorrad S-series four-cylinder machines together to see what was what. It was interesting to see one engine do three different things, in three different chassis and we had fun doing so.

3. 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 – lots of fun for RM12k

Yamaha returns to the 150 cc sports bike arena with the YZF-R15 with styling taken from the bigger YZF machines and looking good with it. There was a lot of reader interest in the R15 which is a given considering the popularity of this market segment amongst younger Malaysian riders.

2. 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1M – chariot of the gods

Second of the Yamaha bikes you cannot officially purchase in Malaysia is the YZF-R1M, stuffed chock full of racing technology and suspension goodness. A dream machine for many readers, there were calls for the R1 or R6 to be brought in to the local market.

1. 2017 Yamaha NVX 155 – absolute scooter fun

Rounding out Yamaha’s hat trick of fan favourite motorcycle reviews and a throwback to 2017 is the Yamaha NVX 155 scooter. The scooter’s sporty styling and handling appeals to many riders and we had fun reviewing it as well. There is something to be said for taking any corner with throttle pinned to the stop.