For years, it made no sense to make a list of the fastest motorcycles. Bicycle manufacturers agreed to limit speeds to 186 miles per hour to escape the wrath of Japan’s safety regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. As a result, only a few manufacturers exceeded the limits while the rest offered minor or extra updates just to increase the power of a bicycle.
Then BMW blew up the deal (around 2010), and the superbike manufacturers stopped being conservative. In a few years, they were reaching maximum speeds that embarrassed the previous limits, with several stops of 200 miles per hour. Even an electric bicycle company delivered an emissions-free motorcycle that competed for the world’s top speed. In other words, all bets are canceled in 2017. Here are the 10 fastest bikes on the road.
Aprilia RSV4 RF
Maximum speed: 185 mph
There is no reason to question the capabilities of a five-time World Superbike Championship winner. The Aprilia RSV4 received an improvement in muscle for its most recent model, setting the horsepower at 201 horsepower and 85 pound-feet of torque. With a dry weight of 397 pounds, there is a lethal amount of energy in the tap. Reviewers who flew down the runway at an RSV4 factory reported that there was no problem reaching the 185 mph mark, and this is even faster.
Yamaha YZF R1M
Maximum speed: 186 mph
The YZF R1M from Yamaha is another bike capable of beating the competition with the right pilot on board. With a weight of 443 wet pounds, the 998cc inline four-cylinder engine is capable of 165 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. Able to reach 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds, it will not slow down until it reaches 186 miles per hour, its electronic limit.
MV Agusta F4 RR
Maximum speed: 194 mph
With a 998cc four-stroke, 16-valve engine capable of 201 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque, it’s easy to see why passengers laugh at the idea that the Agusta F4 RR only reaches its top speed of 185 mph. A F4 RR with a lighter torque ratio reached 194 miles per hour in Nardo in the previous decade, so there is no doubt that this model belongs to any list of faster road bikes. Sprints at 60 miles per hour last approximately 3 seconds on the F4 RR.
Maximum speed: 194 mph
Any look at the elite group of motorcycles should include Suzuki Hayabusa, which offers power and speed at a very affordable price ($ 14,599). With a 1340cc inline four capable of 197 hp, the Hayabusa has a significant weight to carry with 586 pounds of empty weight. That dilemma is diminished by the 114 lb-ft of torque available to pilots. Since their turn-of-the-century models reached 194 mph, production bicycles have struggled to keep up with the speed of this hawk.
Ducati Panigale 1199 R
Maximum speed: 202 mph
With the Panigale 1199 R, Ducati delivered a superbike with a fierce 1199cc engine capable of 205 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. The costly beast ($ 34,995) has the traditional top speed of 186 after running at 60 in 2.8 seconds, or so Ducati says. Upgrade to a single track escape and the horsepower ratio becomes especially violent. In this configuration, Ducati allows Panigale to exceed 202 miles per hour.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14R
Maximum speed: 208 miles per hour
Once bikes like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14R enter the scene, it’s really a question of who beats who. With a 1441 cc engine capable of 200 horsepower, this Ninja was left alone in his class before the Lightning LS-218 joined the club. It is one of the heaviest bikes on this list at (584 pounds), but it maintains an impressive weight-to-torque ratio at 113 lb / ft. In 2013, Ralph Nicholls set the Australian land speed record in a Ninja ZX 14R with tires and gear changes. Nicholls rode the Ninja above 208 miles per hour.
BMW S 1000 RR HP4
Maximum speed: 217.7 mph
With 398 pounds, including the ABS race, this BMW superbike is capable of extraordinary acceleration. The maximum power is 199 hp and 83 lb / ft of torque, which allows the S 1000 RR to have a maximum controlled speed of 190 mph. However, in 2011, in Monza, the Bimmer reached 196.3 miles per hour. Then, in 2014, Valerie Thompson took this monster to 208.81 miles per hour on Bonneville Salt Flats with approximately 12 modifications. In September 2016, he dusted both times when he reached 217.7 miles per hour.
Maximum speed: 218 mph
There were many headlines when Lightning debuted his electric production bike that had already reached 218 miles per hour in Bonneville in 2011. To remind everyone of the achievement, it bears the name LS-218. Both the fastest electric bike and one of the fastest road bikes in production, the Lightning LS-218 has everything a speed lover could want. It has 200 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque with the ability to hit 60 miles per hour in 2 seconds.
MTT Turbine Y2K Superbike
Maximum speed: 227 mph
It is clear why Marine Turbine photographs and tests their bicycles on airport runways. To begin with, these motorcycles work with jet turbine engines. Keep in mind that you have clocked at 227 miles per hour and you will see why an airstrip is the ideal place for a test. The superbike is capable of 320 horsepower with 425 pound-feet of torque.
The MTT Turbine Streetfighter, the company’s tracking model, has the same Rolls Royce-Allison turbine engine, but with the option to upgrade to a monster capable of 420 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Forget about 60 miles per hour quotes with this one. MTT says that this bike can reach 200 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. If the base model was 227 mph, there is no way to know what the 420 horsepower Streetfighter can do.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Maximum speed: 249 mph
The MTT turbine shook the world of the bicycle with its impressive top speed, but then the Kawasaki Ninja H2R occurred. This bike, which is legal to drive only in closed circuits, almost equaled the Y2K with 310 horsepower. The Turkish pilot Kenan Sofuoğlu got the impressive 400 km per hour (249 miles per hour) mark on this bike in 2016. That makes the H2R the fastest production motorcycle on the planet.