Need for Speed – 10 Blazingly Fast Motorbikes
Two wheels between your legs, a windscreen ahead and nothing around you except rushing air. Find a fast motorbike and you’ve got speed that will make your eyelids flutter. Here’s a list of the ten fastest bikes in the world. We’ll save the best for last and start with number ten.
10 – The Aprilia RSV 1000 R – 168 mph. The Italian Aprilia comes with a liquid-cooled 998 cc V-twin producing 141 horsepower and 75 lb.-ft. or torque.
9- Yamaha YZF R1 – 170 mph. Manufactured by Yamaha since 1998, the YZF R1 uses a 998 cc. liquid cooled, 16 titanium valve, DOHC inline four cylinder engine to produce 179 horsepower and 72.6 lb.-ft. of torque on a bike weighing 390 pounds. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.88 seconds.
8- Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird – 180 mph. The Blackbird was made by Honda from 1996 to 2007. The bike is named after the Lockheed SR-71 jet which also set a speed record. Honda installed a 1,137 cc. liquid cooled, DOHC inline four cylinder engine to produce 132.9 horsepower and 78 lb.-ft. of torque.
7- MV Agusta F4 CC – 190 mph. The F4 has a four pipe exhaust system, single-sided swing arm and large front forks. The liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder engine uses a 13:1 compression ratio to produces 174 horsepower and 82 lb.-ft. of torque.
6- BMW S1000RR -186 mph. This bike could go further up the list except that BMW electronically limited its top speed. The bike uses a 999 cc, inline four cylinder engine to create 193 horsepower and 83 lb.-ft. of torque.
5- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 – 190 mph. The ZX-14 has a bigger engine, 1352 cc, than those listed so far producing 180 horsepower. It is also limited to 186 mph.
4- Suzuki Hayabusa – 186 mph. The last of the electronically limited bikes. It is estimated that the Suzuki Hayabusa would hit 200 mph in its unlimited form. Hayabusa is Japanese for peregrine falcon. It has a 1349 cc engine delivering 172 horsepower and 97.8 lb.-ft. of torque.
3- MTT Turbine Superbike (Y2K Superbike) – 230 mph. This incredible bike has a Rolls – Royce turbo shaft engine producing 320 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbine powers the wheels through a shaft instead of simply producing jet thrust.
2- MTT Streetfighter – 250 mph. This is the second bike from the MTT (Marine Turbine Technologies). This bike features a more powerful 420 horsepower engine with a different body style from the Superbike.
1- Dodge Tomahawk – estimated 300 mph. Dodge took the 8.3 liter, 500 horsepower V10 engine from the Viper automobile. Nine Tomahawks have been made. They were offered for sale through Neiman Marcus at a price of $550,000.