Top 10 Fastest Bikes in the World
Motorcycles come in many different forms, however, few variations can compare to the speed and levels of engineering found in a superbike. These are the bikes that are specially modified to race, competing in the Superbike World Championship and burning up tracks across the world. As a group of bikes, superbikes are the fastest motorcycles there is, but which is the fastest of them all? This list of the top 10 fastest bikes in the world will provide you with the answer.
10) Suzuki GSX- R1000
At number 10 in the list is the Suzuki GSX –R1000, a superbike with a max speed of 285kph/177mph. As an alternative to the ridiculously powerful Suzuki Hayabusa, the GSX – R1000 is built more towards the regular superbike enthusiast than the professional biker. Suzuki has a great history and reputation of produce superior superbikes, both in quality and in design, and this bike will make their fans very happy indeed.
9) Honda CBR1000 RR
Blending perfect handling for street use, character and rider feel, the one litre Honda CBR1000 RR is a very beautiful and very powerful sports-bike. Reaching a top speed of 291kph/180mph, the Honda has the ability to blow away the opposition and as always with the Japanese company, performance levels are outstanding.
8) Yamaha YZF- R1
Yamaha are well-known for their rugged, bull-like superbikes and the YZF – R1 is testament to this. The R1 was actually produced and racetrack tested in 2012, achieving a top speed of 297kph/184mph in process. Two years later and the bike is still featuring prominently in the list of the top 10 fastest superbikes on the planet. First class engineering from Yamaha.
7) Kawasaki Ninja ZZR 1400
For over 20 years, the ZZR has been one of the best regarded and sought after superbikes on the planet. Well, in 2012, the classic Kawasaki is reborn. The all-new ZZR1400 is a monster of a bike with a top speed of 299kph/185mph and torque and power in the mid-high range that earlier models could only dream of. The bike has been painstakingly engineered to perfection and this shows in the performance with 4mm longer stroke increasing displacement of the In-Line Four engine to 1441 cm³.
6) 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike
2012 looks to be a great year for Ducati, stepping up their game and laying down a firm challenge to the all-conquering BMW S1000RR. The release of the 1199 Panigale superbike has put the Italian motorcycle giant right up there with the best, and if the figures during lap testing are to be believed, we may be looking at a very impressive bike indeed. It is claimed by Ducati that the 1199 Panigale can peak at 195 horsepower at 10,750rpm and 98.1 lb-ft torque at 9000rpm. Add these figures to the 300kph/186mph top speed and you are provided with one very impressive bike.
5) BMW S1000RR
Next in the list is the bike the direct competition to the Ducati, the BMW S1000RR. This superbike was originally manufactured by BMW for the 2009 Superbike World Championship but is now also available for road use. Offering a 1000cc inline 4 engine at an rpm of 14,200 and a top speed of 305kph/189mph, the S1000RR is one of the most impressive bikes on the market. Electron evolution control and anti-lock braking structure ensures the bike handles like a dream and the roads.
4) MV Agusta F3 Tamburini:
The first of two MW Agusta’s in the list, this one being the newer of the two superbikes in the collection: the F3. If you are judging a superbike by its looks, the F3 beats all-comers, out doing even its predecessor, the F4. The short, compact, 675cc three cylinder engine is one of the streamlined models ever seen on this type of bike and really sets a benchmark for future middleweight superbikes. MV also includes a new computer known as ‘Ride by Wire’ which uses multi-maps to optimise power output by controlling the fuel injection. The F3 has a top speed of 307kph/190mph
3) MV Agusta F4 R312
The predecessor to the F3 is still one of the best bikes on the market, and if it has lost the title of best looking bike to the newest MV, it still manages to keep the award of fastest Agusta bike. The F4 is a superbly engineered superbike that has reached speeds of 314kph/195 mph during testing.
2) Suzuki Hayabusa
With its 1340cc Inline 4 engine, the Suzuki Hayabusa truly is a beast of a bike and one that many others can only wish to be. Retailing at just short of £11,000, the Hayabusa is the crown jewel in the Suzuki collection, reaching a top speed of 320kph/198mph.
1) MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
The MTT Turbine Y2K is a road legal superbike in a class of its own and this has been proven with the award of “Most Powerful Motorcycle Ever to Enter Series Production” from Guinness World Records. The MTT is the first ever road legal bike to be turbine powered, using a Rolls Royce Allison gas turbine engine to provide over 300 horsepower and 425ft/lbs of torque. Not surprisingly, the Y2K smashes the opposition when it comes to top speed, achieving a record-breaking 370kph/227mph during testing.
There you have it, the top 10 fastest bikes in the world today. Which is your favorite? Don’t forget that even the most advanced bikes may have occasional issue, in which case you’ll need motorbike breakdown cover, we recommend GEM Motoring Assist who specialise in classic and modern motorcycles.