From 1999 to 2000, with one speed demon after another hitting the streets, motorbike manufacturers began to realize that the inter-manufacturer speed war had begun to get out of hand. In 2001, European and Japanese manufacturers agreed upon electronically limiting the top-speed of their motorbikes to 186 mph. Although there are manufacturers that aren’t bound by said agreement, most production motorbikes nowadays have top-speeds equal to or under mentioned limit.
Following is a list of the ten fastest motorbikes of the world in no particular order. Bikes with only the most consistent reported top speeds have been included.
Sporting a 10-cylinder Viper engine (V10 engine) that packs 500 horsepower, this four-wheel concept bike can allegedly hit speeds of over 300 mph.
Marine Turbine Technologies’ Streetfighter jet-bike is powered by a 420 horsepower gas-turbine engine and according to bikez.com, the speed demon has a top speed of 250 mph. MTT’s jet-bikes do not have their top speeds electronically limited to 186 mph.
MTT Turbine Superbike (Y2K Superbike)
MTT’s Y2k Turbine Superbike was introduced in 2000 as the second turbine-powered street-legal motorbike. The jet-bike has a Rolls-Royce 250-C20 turboshaft gas-turbine engine of 320 horsepower and a top speed of 230 mph.
When introduced in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa was the world’s fastest production motorbike with a top speed of 188 mph . The current model of the sport bike has a 1349 cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder DOHC engine that can deliver 197 horsepower. Certain stats indicate that with a hack that fools the currently installed 186 mph speed limiting governor, the bike can hit speeds in excess of 200 mph!
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
Kawasaki’s 2006 successor of the popular Ninja ZX series comes equipped with a 1352 cc, 4-stroke, 4 -cylinder DOHC engine packing 190 horsepower and has an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph but with the limiter out of the way, speeds in excess of 190 mph have been recorded.
BMW Motorrad’s S1000RR was first seen at the 2009 Superbike World Championship after which it went into production with a 999 cc, 4-stroke, inline-four DOHC engine that, as claimed by the manufacturer, produces more than 190 horsepower. The bike has an electronically-limited top-speed of 186 mph.
MV Agusta F4 CC
The 2010 installment of the MV Agusta F4 series has a 1078 cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and an estimated top-speed of over 190 mph.
Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird
In production from 1996-2007, the Super Blackbird came equipped with a 1137 cc, 4-stroke, inline four DOHC engine with 150 horsepower. Before 2001’s self-imposed top speed limit of 186 mph, the Blackbird models recorded top speeds of 172-180 mph.
Yamaha YZF R1
The Yamaha YZF R1 models have recorded top-speeds of around 170 mph. The current model sports a 998 cc, 4-cylinder DOHC engine with a new “crossplane” style crankshaft and 179.6 horsepower.
Aprilia RSV 1000 R
Aspirilia’s super-bike can hit speeds of up to 168 mph courtesy of a 998 cc, 4-stroke V-2 engine with 141.13 horsepower.