What Is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World?
What Is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World – 2010?
When you’re talking about fast motorcycles, you need to make a clear distinction between those that are street legal and those that aren’t. This makes a big difference.
The definition of “street legal” changes a little state by state, so it is hard to say outright whether or not a specific motorcycle is “street legal”. For instance, in the state of California, motorcycles built after 1985 are limited to a certain noise level. Standing 50 feet away, the noise of the motorcycle’s engine must not be louder than 88 decibels. That number varies a little from state to state.
Having said that, motorcycle designers pay close attention to these various state laws and design their bikes so that customers from all over the country can ride them “on the street” without fear of penalty. That’s why some of the world’s fastest motorcycles are perfectly legal to drive up and down a residential street, while other motorcycles are “prototypes,” meant to be driven on private tracks or in test runs.
The world’s fastest “non street legal” motorcycles are naturally going to pack a lot more power. Built without concern for road safety (usually as concept models for motorcycle designers) these bikes are pure theory on two wheels. The fastest motorcycles in the world are not meant for joy rides or to run down to the corner store for a pint of milk. These are pure speed demons built to test the limits of motorcycle design.
Here then are the fastest street legal motorcycles as well as the fastest concept motorcycles in the world.
Fastest Street Legal Motorcycles in the World 2010
10. BMW R 1200S
With a top speed of 167 mph, the BMW R 1200S is notable for more than just its speed. This is one of the fastest liquid cooled engines in the world.
9. Honda CBR600 RR
The Honda CBR600 RR has been tested at 172 mph thanks to a 1,700cc motor. Introduced in 2004, the little Honda that could still just makes the cut on this list of the world’s ten fastest motorcycles. When this bike was brought out, it set a new standard for design, and most of the world’s quickest bikes now owe their look to this Honda machine.
8. Ducati 1098 S
The Italian-madeDucati 1098 S is able to reach at least 172 mph. A liquid cooled four-stroke engine paired up with an uber-Italian “tricolor” color scheme make this motorcycle stand out in a crowd.
7. MV Agusta F4 R312
This is the grandfather of super fast street legal motorcycles. The MV Agusta F4 R312 was first released in 1994 and is still one of the world’s fastest with a top speed of 176 mph. 185 HP tends to do that to a motorbike.
6. Yamaha YZF-R1
The Yamaha YZF-R1 was introduced to the world in 1998. A massive top speed of 177 mph comes out of a reworking of the Genesis engine in order to shorten its length and push more power into the bike. If you’ve ever wanted to travel from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds on a motorcycle, this Yamaha’s for you.
5. Suzuki GSX 1300 R Hayabusa
It is not uncommon to see a few ‘Busas (as they’re known) touring around with more traditional road monster bikes. ‘Busa lovers are fanatical about their machine’s ability to act both as a superbike and as a touring machine. Just because the top speed of this beast is a blistering 186 mph doesn’t mean you can’t tool along country roads enjoying the view, right?
4. Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja
This ridiculously fast motorcycle was Kawasaki’s answer to Suzuki’s Hayabusa. A top speed slightly higher than the ‘Busa (tested at 189 mph) means owners of the ZX-12R Ninja have bragging rights. For now.
3. MV Agusta F4 1000 MT Tamburini
Something called TSS (Torque Shift System) makes this MV one of the three fastest street legal motorcycles in the world, clocked at a top speed of 191 mph.
2. MV Agusta F4 1100 CC
The 1100 CC version of the MT Tamburini packs even more power, testing at a top speed of 196 mph.
1. Ducati Desmosedici RR
The world’s fastest street legal motorcycle has never been officially clocked at 200 mph, so the production specs list the top speed as 199 mph. Ducati claims the bike is more than capable of travelling above 200 mph, but this has never been proven. How does it work? Double L-twin engines with two cylinder stroking makes for a total of sixteen valves pumping out enough power to allow Ducati to claim the title of “world’s fastest street legal motorcycle”.
Fastest Non Street Legal Motorcycles in the World 2010
3. Top 1 Oil Ack Attack
Looking at this speed demon, the word “motorcycle” wouldn’t even come to mind. Twenty feet long featuring 900 horsepower twin Hayabusa engines, the Top 1 Oil Ack Attack was gunned at just under 350 mph during a test run. Never meant for the street, this is a pure motorcycle experiment in the tradition of the great test motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
2. Y2K Turbine / MTT Turbine Superbike
This is the world’s fastest turbine driven motorcycle, and it is definitely not street legal. Famously driven first by Jay Leno (who said riding it was like “The hand of God pushing you in the back”), the Y2K Turbine Superbike boasts 320 horsepower and a top speed of 227 mph. If you want a piece of Y2K’s action, be prepared to shell out a cool $150,000.
1. Dodge Tomahawk
This beast is powered by a V-10 engine from a Dodge Viper. That ridiculous engine gives the Dodge Tomahawk 500 horsepower and a topspeed rumored to be about 420 mph. That’s over twice as fast as the world’s fastest street legal bike. Unfortunately, since the Tomahawk isn’t street legal and since only 10 models were ever built (by hand), the Tomahawk sells for around $550,000. That’s well out of the reach of most motorcycle enthusiasts.
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