Motorcyclists love speed and going fast, and we get that from our motorcycles. They offer us the wind in our face, the wild adventure we crave all the while giving us that exhilarating speed we need. As with each person, not every motorcycle is made the same, and just like us, some are prettier than others, while others will outperform others as well. AMERiders has looked for and found you 10 of some of the World’s fastest motorcycles and some real beauties.
This is one of the most sought after bikes in the US.
Bimota YB8 Furano
A very rare and sought after bike in the USA is the Bimota YB8 Furano. We start off this list with an imported bike because of its impressive history and timeless status. It came out in the early 1990s and has 164 horsepower.
It has won races across the globe and though not easily accessible to many riders today, if you were ever able to get your hands on one of them it would be an experience for sure.
This upcoming motorcycle is considered a flagship model.
CBR-1000 RR Fireblade
Considered a flagship sports bike made for the general masses, the CBR-1000 RR Fireblade brings the best and latest in bike racing technology to everyone who wants it. Some of the addons in the Fireblade include; wheelie control, rear lift control, engine braking, riding mode select system, power selection, and a new ABS gyroscopic mechanism.
The 2019 models weigh 195 kg making it lighter than the previous models released by Honda a few years ago but don’t let the weight throw you off. The CBR-1000 RR Fireblade is still one of the fastest motorcycles you can get.
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2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R
In 2012, the Kawasaki ZX-14R held the record for having the fastest 1/4 mile racing time on the track and it would be years before that time was beaten. Though it doesn’t fall under the same name, the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R falls under the same umbrella as the Kawasaki Ninja which is known for its lightning speed.
Though not a lot of upgrades have been made to the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R since its 2012 release, Kawasaki is planning on making an update soon. The 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R 1/4 mile time is currently 9.47 seconds with a speed of 152.83.
This upcoming Yamaha has a power to weight ratio of 0.25.
2020 Yamaha VMAX
Known for its popularity in street racing is the 2020 Yamaha VMAX. Over the years, Yamaha has added more upgrades to the bike’s engine to add more power to the wheels. It has a giant 1,679cc water-cooled V-4, that produces 174 hp and it gets 113 pound-feet torque.
A little heavier than some, the 2020 Yamaha VMAX comes in at 683 pounds but it has a power-to-weight figure of 0.25. Yamaha added some relaxed ergonomics to make the bike easier to control and more comfortable to ride.
This KTM model tops out over 155 mph.
2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
The 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R is not only a very fast bike, but it is one of the most popular. It doesn’t have the same forced-air induction like Kawasaki or bells and whistles as the RSV4 or S1000RR but is still just as fast
When tested at a Dyno, it topped out at 155 horsepower. The 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has a 1,301cc liquid-cooled V-twin and 93 pound-feet peak torque while weighing 470 pounds and having a power-to-weight ratio of 0.33.
BMW wants you to go fast and comfortable in this rider-friendly model.
2019 BMW K 1600 GTL
Just because you are wanting to go fast doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t also want to be comfortable and enjoy your ride as well. The 2019 BMW K 1600 GTL is the perfect bike for those riders who want the best of both worlds.
The 2019 BMW K 1600 GTL gets 126 hp and 106 pound-feet peak torque. It is heavier at 772 pounds but is worth the extra weight to carry all of the soft comforts that you need. The 2019 BMW K 1600 GTL also has a 0.16 power-to-weight ratio.
This upcoming bike is the only all-electric motorcycle on this list.
The Lightning LS-218 in some aspects can be considered one of the fastest production motorcycles on the road. It isn’t called lightning for any reason although some motorcycle enthusiasts don’t care for the bike at all because it is electric.
The Lightning LS-218 has a top speed of 218 mph; the number that comes after the name. Some of the specs on the Lightning LS-218 include having 200 horsepower, 168 lb-ft of torque, and it goes 0-60mph in 2 seconds flat.
This next Kawasaki is far from being street legal.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Considered a hyper sports motorcycle, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is also one of the fastest superbikes ever driven to date. The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a track-only motorcycle and isn’t street legal because of its dangerous high speeds.
It has 300 horsepower and can go over 249 mph. It comes with a 998 CC supercharged inline 4 engine. Kawasaki included a dog-ring transmission on the Kawasaki Ninja H2R to improve faster and smoother shifting.
The Dodge Tomahawk is the world’s fastest motorcycle ever produced and has a top speed of 420 mph. It was unveiled in 2003 with only 9 motorcycles sold since then.
The specs on the Dodge Tomahawk include its V-10 SRT Dodge Viper engine that has 8.3 liters. It can go from 0 to 60 in just 1.5 seconds and has a maximum horsepower of 500. One of the biggest differences in the Dodge Tomahawk is its wheel structure where it has two front and two back wheels.
The Guinness Book of World Records named this bike Most expensive motorcycle in production in 2004
MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
The MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K was considered to be the “Most expensive motorcycle in production” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004. The bikes are not mass produced in continuous series; each unique bike is hand made to order after receiving the buyer’s specifications.
It features the Rolls-Royce 250 C18 turboshaft engine and has a maximum power of 320 horsepower at 52,000 RPM. The MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K has an impressive top speed of 227 mph and was manufactured from 2000-2005.
And there ya have it. There are many, many more and that is just 10 of them only a drop in the bucket.
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