For some people, owning a super-fast motorcycle is the dream. And then the question is, which motorcycle should you buy if you can afford it? The answer is easy, the fastest one, right? Well, if that is your answer, here are the fastest bikes in the world.
Motorcycles feel fast at almost any speed. That is because of their open-air design. On a motorcycle, even 25mph can feel like 100mph.
And these bikes do not stop accelerating at 100mph. With advancements in design, technology, and powertrains, these fast bikes have managed to reach unimaginable top speed.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the fastest bikes for speed enthusiasts.
2017 MTT 420RR – Top Speed 273 mph
This bike is unique in many ways. For example, instead of a traditional internal combustion engine, the motorcycle uses a gas turbine engine. Some consider it the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles.
The gas turbine engine can produce ridiculous 420 horsepower and 5000 pound-feet of peak torque. As a result, the bike can reach 273mph.
And there are other design features and technology specials. Besides the gas turbine engine, the MTT 420 RR has lightweight carbon fiber fairings and light 17-inch carbon fiber wheels.
That makes the bike extremely lightweight and able to achieve higher speed. People in the motorcycle world know what RR stands for. But just for info, it is “race ready”.
This bike can definitely take part in any motorcycle race.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R – Top speed 249 mph
This one is the fastest production superbike to date. The only downside is that it is a track-only motorcycle. You cannot drive it outside of the tracks.
But if you want to get crazy at the tracks, this is your choice. Kawasaki used a lightweight trellis frame for the first time on the Ninja H2R. Thanks to this design choice, you have better control of the race bike.
Inspired by MotoGP and F1 races, the Ninja H2R incudes dog-ring transmission, providing fast and smooth shifting. Because it is a track bike, the H2R has a racing-derived component, racing slick tires, and does not have indicators.
Packing a 998 CC supercharged DOHC incline-4 engine and 6-speed dog-ring transmission, the bike can reach a maximum power of 310hp @14000rpm.
2000 MTT Y2K Superbike – Top speed 250 mph
We already had an MTT bike on this list. But the Y2K was the company’s first attempt at a superbike. The Y2K is the first street-legal, turbine-powered motorcycle on the market.
Same as the 420RR, it is powered by Rolls-Royce Allison Model 250 C18 gas turbine engine. It boasts 320 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of peak torque. At one point, this bike was the most powerful you can buy.
Because of its light body and aerodynamic design, the Y2K can glide through the air and reach a top speed of 250 mph. It scales at only 460 pounds, making it easy to control.
Fun fact: this bike holds two Guinness World Records, one for most expensive production motorcycle on sale and the most powerful production motorcycle.
Honda CB1100XX Super Blackbird – Top Speed 194 mph
This is Honda’s quickest sports tourer motorcycle. Manufactured between 1996 and 2007, the bike even held the fastest production bike title in 1997 by beating Kawasaki’s legendary ZX-11.
And it fares well against the modern competition. One of the reasons for that is Honda checks all the boxes in terms of handling, comfort, price, and reliability. Because of the dual counter balancer shaft, drivers can experience an exceptionally smooth ride.
2020 Lightning LS-218 – Top Speed 218 mph
For more than a decade, Lightning has been trying to change the perception of electric motorcycles. And their LS-218 sports bike might have the best chance to do it.
The company has evolved and come a long way since its first electric bike in 2006. The Lightning LS-218 is the fastest electric motorcycle on sale.
If you want to ride a green road bike, this one allows you to achieve a top speed of 218 mph. And that is all thanks to a 200-horsepower electric motor.
And do not worry, you can beat quite a few gas-powered motorcycles with this one.
2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – Top speed 209 mph
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a great bike. But it is a track-only bike. So, what can you do if you want to ride it across the country? Well, go for the H2, the “regular” superbike.
The supercharged four-cylinder engine produces 220 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Those are mega figures for a motorcycle. The bike also has MotoGP-style dog-ring transmission which allows for quick upshifts and blistering acceleration.
Suzuki Hayabusa – Top speed 194 mph
Suzuki made this bike in 1999. And similar to the Honda we had before, it remains relevant even in 2021. Hayabusa is the fastest superbike Suzuki has made. And it remains one of the fastest road bike options.
Famous for its lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum frame, the Hayabusa offers impressive handling for the rider. When riding the bike, you enjoy exceptional control in tight corners, a smooth ride, and stability in sweeping turns.
Ducati Superleggera V4 – Top speed 200 mph
Ducati makes some of the most exotic bikes on the market. While they do not have the fastest motorcycles, they have an exotic design. After all, Ducati is an Italian brand. And we know for Italians, fashion and style are everything.
Their Superleggera V4 bike is the most powerful and technologically advanced bike the brand has to offer. The 998 CC V4 engine produces 234 horsepower, and with a 335 pounds body of the bike, it can reach a top speed of 200 mph.
The word itself means super light. It perfectly describes the motorcycle. After all, it has carbon fiber bodywork, carbon fiber subframe, wheels mainframe, and much more.
Ducati wanted to cut weight so much to the point they used titanium bolts.
BMW S1000RR – Top speed 188 mph
BMW made this sportbike to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship. It is a 999CC, inline four-cylinder engine-powered bike producing a maximum of 207 horsepower.
Designed for speed, the light frame of the motorcycle allows it to reach 188mph.
BMW then updated the electronic package of the 2019 BMW S1000RR, offering a six-axis IMU that gives power to the cornering ABS and dynamic traction control.
2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R – Top speed 199 mph
Here is another stylish bike by Ducati. And just one look at it, and you instantly fall in love. Just look at the bare aluminum tank. It is the hallmark trait found on other homologation specials from the Italian manufacturer. It is also a great way to show just how serious the company is about the performance of the bike.
Powered by a 998 CC V4 engine, the bike produces a maximum of 234 horsepower with the racing kit. Adding the racing kit brings the weight of the bike to just 365 pounds, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 1.41.
Aerodynamic play a large role in achieving a top speed of 199 mph. With the aerodynamics kit, your bike might look like a machine coming out of a Star Wars movie. But your bike will flow through the air.
Bonus: Dodge Tomahawk – Top speed 300-420 mph
We cannot include the Dodge Tomahawk on the regular list of fastest motorcycles. Why? Because it is the fastest bike with four wheels.
Truth be told, it is the ultimate superbike and the fastest motorcycle ever produced. Dodge released it in 2003 and sold only 9 of them.
With two front and two rear wheels, Tomahawk can cross 0 to 60 miles in just 1.5 seconds.