About Ricardo

About Ricardo

An established leader in motorcycle engineering


Ricardo has a long history in motorcycle engineering, dating back to the 1920s. Its earliest associations include Triumph (4 valves cylinder head in 1921), Vauxhall (complete motorcycle in 1922) and Harley Davidson (combustion system in 1934). The Ricardo motorcycle group was formalised in 1992 to provide a dedicated, specialist technical resource and to grow the business. Ricardo now has a global breadth and our clients benefit from our knowledge and experience not only in motorcycle design and development, but across a very broad spectrum of domestic, commercial and industrial vehicle projects.

Ricardo provides its clients with the right balance of styling, design, technical, strategic and manufacturing support to enable successful navigation of this highly competitive and regulated global marketplace. Drawing on a vast knowledge of full vehicle design and engine, transmission, driveline and electric/hybrid motorcycle technology, we offer our clients accelerated, uncompromised delivery of uniquely designed motorcycle products.

With an unprecedented full-product development capability, we help our clients to plan, design and deliver world-class motorcycles, scooters and other two, three and small four-wheel vehicles.

With the increasing emphasis and need for light, nimble and efficient vehicles for all urban transportation needs, Ricardo Motorcycle is ideally placed to provide its whole vehicle engineering capability to this growing transportation sector, covering all vehicles types within the European L category classification.