There are tons of sportbikes, cruisers, and superbikes that try to claim the “fastest in the world” label, a prestigious accolade that's almost impossible to determine. The companies that regularly try and take the belt for “world’s fastest” production bike are the usual suspects: Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Ducati. That being said, while “fastest in the world” is one claim, “fastest acceleration” is a completely different ballgame.
In this list, you’ll find 20 of the fastest-accelerating bikes in the world. And while the top four companies are all featured here, you’ll also see bikes from BMW, KTM, Honda, and EBR. All of these bikes have all managed to hit 0-60 mph in under three seconds. Another common denominator is, with the exception of one bike on the list, they’ve all been built during the 21st century. This shows that as technology progresses, so too does the design and the engines of these ridiculously quick bikes.
All of these bikes are street-legal production motorcycles, and they all took the 0-60 test from a standing start. They also all managed to run the quarter-mile test in under 12 seconds.
There are a lot of variables when coming up with acceleration times. Some of these include the racer’s skill level, the launching technique, the measuring equipment, the track surface conditions, the weather, the air temperature, and the altitude. So, the next time you see a superbike racing in a straight line and think it’s easy and simple, think about these variables.
Here are 20 of the fastest bikes that got from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds.
First up is the Suzuki GSX-R1000, which, in 2001, was introduced to take the place of the GSX-R1100. It has the fastest record on time for 0-60 mph— just 2.35 seconds.
This crazy-fast crotch rocket is powered by a 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine. The 2006 model of the bike hit this time, and that model has a top speed of 178 mph.
The 2007 model of the GSX-R1000 had some significant changes from the 2006 model. The bike gained 14 lbs due to its new exhaust system (implemented because of new emissions regulations). To counter this, Suzuki improved the aerodynamics of the bike with a faster engine and throttle body. It wouldn’t be until 2017 that the GSX-R1000 would have another update.
Taking second place on the list is another Suzuki, this one a 2002 Hayabusa model, which reached 0-60 in only 2.47 seconds, a whole 0.12 seconds slower than the GSX-R1000.
When this bike first came out in 1999, it immediately won accolades as the “world’s fastest production motorcycle,” with top speeds of 188 to 194 mph.
European and Japanese manufacturers created an agreement to limit the top speed of their motorcycles after 1999, when fears of a European regulatory and import ban scared motorcycle makers. The arbitrary limit they set was 186 mph, and that gave the 1999 Hayabusa the undisputed award of fastest production bike of the 20th century since no subsequent models could go faster without being tampered with. Motorcycle Consumer News reported that even though it’s the fastest bike, it doesn’t compromise other qualities such as handling, comfort, noise, and fuel economy.
Yamaha has been one of the most recognizable brands of motorcycles for a very long time, and the VMAX cruiser is no exception. It’s been around since 1985, but it was a 2010 model that managed the 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds, making it the third-fastest motorcycle by acceleration on the planet.
The bike is known for its powerful 70° V4 engine, its shaft drive, and its distinctive styling.
The original frame of the bikes from the 20th century aren't what you’d expect to accelerate to 60 mph so quickly, and that’s because they weren’t. The model exhibited at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show overhauled the entire bike with a whole new concept. It featured a new chassis, upgraded components, and state-of-the-art brakes. The new concept model was officially released in 2008.
The Kawasaki Ninja is perhaps the preeminent sportbike in the world, produced from 2000 until 2006 by Japanese manufacturers Kawasaki. Up until 2006 (when the ZX-14 was released), the ZX-12R was considered the most powerful production motorcycle, able to hit high speeds of 190 mph (with ram-air intake).
For the seven years of its production, the ZX-12R was indeed the fastest production motorcycle for sale.
The bike was also heavily involved in bringing the truce about that stopped the competition for ever-faster motorcycles. It has a top speed of 187 mph (without modifications), and a 2002 model managed 0-60 mph in just 2.59 seconds. A motorcyclist got a tested time on the quarter-mile of just 9.87 seconds, going at 146.29 mph.
One of the newest-released bikes on this is the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2, which tested a 0-60 mph at just 2.6 seconds. The Ninja H2 is a “supercharged supersport” motorcycle, part of Kawasaki’s Ninja line, and it features a variable-speed centrifugal supercharger. The track-only version of the bike, called the Ninja H2R, produces a maximum of 326 horsepower with ram air and is the fastest and most powerful production motorcycle on the market.
In 2016, Jenan Sofuoglu, the five-time world champion Supersport circuit racer, made a top-speed attempt in a Ninja H2R. This attempt was endorsed by the Turkish president and was made over the Osman Gazi Bridge (fourth-longest bridge in the world at a mile and a half long). After training and preparation, Sofuoglu managed to hit 400 km/h (250 mph) in just 26 seconds. A dashcam videoed the attempt, but it was never confirmed by chroniclers or GPS or radar.
Tying with the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is an EBR 1190RX, an American-made motorcycle produced by Erik Buell Racing (EBR). The 1190RX was introduced on October 16, 2013 as EBR’s first production motorcycle.
The sport motorcycle has a 1,190 cc (72.6 cu in) 72° V-twin engine, delivering 185 hp and 101.6 lb-ft of torque.
In 2016, EBR came out with a “blacked-out” version of the 1190 called "Black Lightning." This bike featured different gearing, a lower seat height, and lower overall height (by 2 inches), high bars, and an optional comfort seat. It was a 2014 model of the 1190RX that hit 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The business fell into liquidation and receivership in 2015 with the remnants of the business being sold in January 2016 to Liquid Asset Partners (LAP).
Right on up there with the other seven or so bikes that hit 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds is the BMW S1000RR. Though BMW is known more for their luxury and sports cars (and track cars), the S1000RR was produced in 2009 in order to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship. After that, it went into commercial production.
The S1000RR is powered by a 999 cc inline-4 engine, redlining at 14,200 rpm. BMW made 1,000 of the bikes in order to satisfy the Superbike requirements.
In 2010, it expanded production of the road-friendly bike. The bike has an anti-locking brake system, as well as an optional electronic traction control system. With 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) in the rear wheel, it's the most powerful motorcycle in the class on the dyno.
The Ducati 1199 Panigale was a short-lived sportbike named after a small manufacturing town called "Borgo Panigale." It was unveiled at the 2011 Milan Motorcycle Show and was replaced by the larger model 1299 in 2015. It had a huge 1,198 cc displacement, which grew even bigger in the 1299 Panigale (1,285 ccs). At the time of its release, Ducati claimed that the 1199 Panigale was the most powerful two-cylinder engine production motorcycle in the world, with 195 hp at 10,750 rpm.
The bike has a top speed of 177.4 mph, but that was until the 2013 model, the Panigale R, featured a new lightened engine, which raised its power and top speed to 202 mph. A 2014 model of the bike hit 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds.
The Ducati Diavel is a second-generation cruiser bike that took after the Indiana (production from 1968 to 1990). The first, the 2011 model debuted at the EICA motorcycle show in Milan in 2010, and the second generation (2015, pictured here) debuted at the 2014 Volkswagen Group Night in Geneva. The engine on the Diavel is a 1,198 cc retuned from the 1198 superbike, now called a Testastretta 11°.
Ducati styled the Diavel in-house, led by design chief Pierre Terblanche. Cycle World claimed that the Diavel is “the quickest 0-60 mph time of any production motorcycle Cycle Word has ever tested,” though we see that that's not the case. It did manage to get from 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, however, which is nothing to sneeze at.
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is an open-class sportbike, or superbike, that has been around in one form or another since 1998. In the 20 years that the Yamaha Motor Company has been making the bikes, it's gone through numerous body and specification changes and upgrades. It was originally launched after creating a more compact Genesis engine, and it always stuck with a 998 cc liquid-cooled engine.
Since its early days in the late ‘90s with a 150 hp crank, the YZF-R1 has since been expanded to 190 and 200 hp with its 2015 model. That same 2015 model tested 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The bike has had five wins in the Macau Grand Prix between 1999 to 2013, making it one of the most successful sportbikes in racing history. Lorenzo Alfonsi won the 2004 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in a YZF-R1, followed by Didier van Keymeulen in 2005.
The last bike to make the 2.6-second tiebreaker is the 2013 Honda CBW1000RR SP. In some countries, the bike is known as the "Fireblade," and since that’s easier to say, that’s what we’re going to call it.
It sports the same 998 cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine as the entry above (Yamaha YZF-R1) and was introduced in 2004 by Honda as the seventh generation of the CBR series of motorcycles, which have been manufactured since 1992.
This compact bike has a long racing history. Various teams between 2004 and 2014 won the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race nine different times using a Fireblade. Cycle World also awarded it the International Bike of the Year from 2008 to 2009. Motorcycle USA named the 2009 model the Best Sportbike of the Year, too.
Another short-lived sportbike by Ducati is the 1198, which was only manufactured from 2009 to 2011. The bike was similar in design to its 1098 predecessor, but it had enhanced power and torque, lighter headlights, redesigned wheels, traction control, and lighter fairings on the S model. So basically, it was a completely different bike. One attribute that carried over from its 998 days is the distinctive single-sided swingarm.
The engine on the bike is a 90° V-twin, liquid-cooled four-valve, which rocks 170 hp at 9,600 rpm.
Racer Carlos Checa won both the manufacturers and riders title with a Ducati 1198 S during the 2011 Superbike World Championship season, giving the bike clout but not enough to continue production. A late 2011 model managed 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
The Yamaha MT-09, called the "FZ-09" in North America, is a “naked” or standard motorcycle with an 847 cc inline-three engine of the cross-plane variety. It's noted for its lightweight frame of cast alloy, giving the bike an overall weight of just 414 lbs. The FZ-09 is intended to compete against the Triumph Street Triple, the Kawasaki Z800, the MV Augusta Brutale, and Yamaha’s own FZ8. A 2013 model hit 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds. In 2015, MCN 5-bike group testers felt that the FZ-09 was a better bike, with better value than those four competitors. After Yamaha lost its reputation for innovation, the FZ-09 was supposed to restore that reputation, which it apparently did.
The bike has been in production since 2014 and is still going strong. The 2017 model upgraded the FZ-09 with fully adjustable suspension, traction control, ABS, LED lights, Slipper clutch, and new styling.
The FZ1 is a street motorcycle manufactured in Japan by Yamaha. Its had two generations, first from 2001-2005, and then from 2006-2015. The Generation 1 models had tubular steel frames and modified YZF-R1 carbureted engines. Other than the color options, the models were unchanged during this period.
The Generation II models were introduced as “naked” (meaning, without-fairing) bikes, and introduced a whole new chassis, bodywork, suspension, and engine.
An aluminum die-cast frame with a stressed member engine replaced the old tubular steel frame and control-filled swingarm, which helped bring the bike up to snuff with rivals. Still, it was a 2001 model, not the newer generation, that was able to get from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.
Moving on away from the 2.7-second time is the 2009 BMW K1300S, which was a motorcycle introduced in 2008. It replaced the outgoing K1200S, which was manufactured for four years, from 2004 to 2008. BMW enhanced the engine from its predecessor, giving the K1300S an engine capacity of 136 cc over the K1200S, increasing its power to 175 hp. It also was given newly styled fairings and a new exhaust system.
One test of the K1300S managed a quarter-mile time of just 10.62 seconds at 133.03 mph.
The best test on the track for a 0-60 mph was reached at 2.79 seconds. It has a manufacturer’s top speed of 174.5 mph. The K1300S lasted twice as long as its predecessor, with BMW manufacturing the bikes from 2008 to 2016.
Coming in at just 0.01 seconds slower than the K1300S is the KTM 1190 Adventure, a 1,195 cc V-twin adventure touring motorcycle that was in production from 2013 to 2016. The model was revealed at the Intermot Trade Show in 2012, when the 2014 model was exhibited. The motor of the bike was based on the RC8’s powerplant motor, called an "LC8." Like the RC8 and its predecessor (990 Adventure), the 1190 Adventure utilizes ride-by-wire throttle.
The ride-by-wire throttle was intended to help the 1190 Adventure against technologically advanced rivals like the Ducati Multistrada 1200. This was also the first bike with Bosch’s Anti-Lowside Technology, also known as the "Motorcycle Stability Control" (MSC). It was able to reach 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Coming in at just 0.01 seconds slower than the entry above, again, is the BMW K1300R, a motorcycle manufactured from 2008 to 2015. It took over the K1200R as the flagship urban motorcycle for BMW when it was released in 2009. The K1300R produces 173 horsepower at 9,250 rpm, according to BMW, from its 1,293 cc inline-four engine. The engine was modified by Ricardo plc., a British company. The K1300R also has an exhaust butterfly flap that boosts torque and improves exhaust.
The K1300R hit 0-60 mph in 2.81 seconds, thanks in part to its emphasis on high power output and acceleration.
It can accelerate quickly because of its broad power delivery and its long wheelbase and low-mounted engine, which helps it plant the power without causing unintentional wheelies.
As the predecessor to the BMW K1300R, it makes sense that the K1200R would be right below it. This bike was manufactured by BMW from 2005 until 2008 (when the K1300R took over). It has a slightly lower-powered engine, a 1,157 cc inline-four cylinder that produces 163 hp at 10,250 rpm. The entire motorcycle’s center of gravity is reduced by canting the cylinder block toward the front wheel by 55 degrees.
When launched, BMW Motorrad called the K1200R "the most-powerful naked bike in the world," but Suzuki quickly overtook this claim with its release of the B-King, a 184 hp beast. RiDE tested the B-King and K1200R together, however, and found that despite the B-King’s extra power, the K1200R was a faster accelerator, with a 9 mph higher top speed. That's reflected in the next entry . . .
Shown here is a 2008 Suzuki B-King, the bike that was supposed to displace the BMW K1200R as the world’s most powerful naked bike. Even though it didn't quite win the race (according to British magazine RiDE), it still managed to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 0.01 seconds slower than the K1200R in an independent test.
The B-King is called a “streetfighter” and was first exhibited in 2007.
It uses a huge 1,340 cc engine, the same as the Hayabusa, but with different inlet and exhaust systems. It has a top speed of 158 mph. The B-King was originally shown as a concept bike in 2001, powered by a supercharged Hayabusa engine. Production of the bike ran from 2007 to 2012.
Coming in last on the list but still at just under 2.9 seconds (2.88, to be exact) is the Suzuki GSX Series, a 1,200W Inazuma. This bike is also the oldest-aged bike on the list, which makes it even that much more impressive. The GSX Series of bikes from Suzuki have been around since 1985, after taking over for the GT Series from the 1970s. The first 1985 model was the GSX-R750, an air-and-oil-cooled, two-valve engine featuring a new four-strokes design.
The earliest GSX models were two-cylinder bikes, the GSX 250 and the GSX 400. It wasn’t until 1984 that the GSX 750S received an updated engine. The model pictured here, a GSX1200W Inazuma, were offered in Europe and Japan for only a short period of time, catering to a clientele that wanted a higher-quality build and more traditional styling.