Motorcycle-riding isn’t just for the sake of transportation. Many people do it as a hobby, and they don’t ride motorcycles at the normal speed because it is quite boring and non-engaging. Actually, the fun part about motorcycle-riding is the high speed that brings out an adrenaline rush. In such a moment, the motorcycle-rider experiences the world from a different perspective. Everything is magnified and enhanced. Air with distinctive smells from the environment fills up the lungs, and riding the motorcycle becomes more engaging. In short, riding a motorcycle is just like swimming through nature; a rider can feel everything that is happening around him.
Fortunately, there are some super-bikes out there which are worth every second of a rider’s time. Heck! Some of those motorcycles are even faster than cars. One look at these bikes can assure you of that. Yes, the motorcycles have pretty amazing designs that can give anyone a hint about the kind of speed they can attain. Also, it’s very hard catching a glimpse of these motorcycles while they are at the topmost speed. The only thing one notices is the breeze and the sound left behind by these speed-demons. So, if the human eye can’t keep up with the speed of these motorcycles what about cameras? Not unless a thousand cameras are mounted on a drive-way, these motorcycles can’t be caught easily on a footage. Moreover, there are some motorcycles on this list which broke world speed records. Ready to know more about these motorcycles? Let’s jump right into it.
20 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11
Unsurprisingly, this was once the world’s fastest bike, and as time passed by, it was overtaken by another bike. That doesn’t change the fact that it is still a very powerful motorcycle with a 1000cc engine. And there’s more to that because it has a horsepower of 134 which boils down from that powerful engine.
In the 90s, this Kawasaki had already established a very solid foundation for the future super-bikes.
Its top speed of 176mph proved to be good competition to other brands, and this boosted the production of faster motorcycles.
19 Yamaha YZF R1
This superbike is popularly known for the kind of stunts that riders have done with it. Obviously, you’ve probably seen or heard of a Yamaha bike more than a million times. Actually, it doesn’t come as a surprise that this motorcycle is very popular all over the world because it can attain a very high speed. It has a high speed of 293mph and the 0-60 acceleration happens in only 3 seconds. Furthermore, it has a horsepower of 180. Obviously, with such specifications, this motorcycle can speed off to the point where it’s invisible because of the kind of speed it can attain.
18 Ducati 1098s
Truly, this was a masterpiece from Italy. To add on that, there was even a special edition of this bike which had the Italian flag. Nonetheless, you can clearly see that it was given a very attractive design, but the real deal behind this motorcycle is beneath that design. The kind of power that this motorcycle possesses can make you to start thinking about getting one model for yourself.
Unsurprisingly, it has a horsepower of 160, and the acceleration of 0-60 happens in only 2.5 seconds.
Additionally, when it’s fully geared it can attain a top speed of 231mph.
17 Aprilia RSV 1000R Mille
This is one of the most powerful sports bike ever produced by Aprilia. So, does this Aprilia model meet the standards of a decent superbike? You bet, it does! First of all, riding this bike feels very good due to the smooth gear changes. That’s not all— this bike has 1000cc engine which is more than enough to a rider who is looking for something powerful. After its release in 1998, this motorcycle proved to be a very huge competitor to the Ducati series especially Ducati 916. Plus, after the release, it won three world Superbike championships titles.
16 BMW K 1200 S
Well, apart from the fancy and speedy cars, BMW also has some good superbikes. Obviously, these bikes have some superb specifications. And it’s pretty clear that when it comes to speed BMW doesn’t kid around. This superbike has a 1200cc engine, which is quite different from the other superbikes which have 1000cc engines. In fact, that power played a very big role in battling other competitors especially the Kawasaki brand. In addition to that, this sports bike has a top speed of 178mph and a horsepower of 167.
15 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird
Predictably, this model of Honda was once the world’s fastest production motorcycle. But here’s a thing- that title keeps on rotating and changing after a while. The main competitors after that title are Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki. Shockingly, this motorcycle was removed from that spot by a very small difference.
Yes, something that small made a major impact.
Anyway, you must be wondering about the kind of speed that brought this model to the limelight. Okay, the top speed of this model is 186mph. it doesn’t stop there the handling and the reliability offered by this motorcycle is just superb.
14 Suzuki Hayabusa
As mentioned earlier, a Honda model was once the world’s fastest production motorcycle and it was overtaken. And you know what? Suzuki Hayabusa is the superbike that removed the Honda from that spot with a mere speed difference. Still, that was a major achievement. Its top speed is 312mph. Luckily, this motorcycle has some pretty good handling and controlling it is very easy. Additionally, it possesses a light-weight feature which ensures that riding this motorcycle is a walk in the park. It is more stable in that condition.
13 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
In 2012, Kawasaki decided to up their game by releasing this model which has a 1441cc engine. It sounds promising, right? An engine such as that heats up very fast, but engineers behind this model made sure that they had equipped it with striking parts to prevent that. Actually, it has an extra radiator fan to cool off the engine. Isn’t that just amazing? The exterior of this superbike is not that different from the outstanding interior parts. Everything was designed and detailed to make sure that the rider is comfortable. And it’s not a coincidence that the design is still attractive.
12 MV Agusta F4 1000R
Clearly, the team of designers behind this model worked very smart to bring out a good-looking sports bike. Nevertheless, what’s more intriguing about this motorcycle is beneath the attractive design. The engine boils up with a horsepower of 174.
Plus, this model has a 1000cc engine.
Capable? Yes, it is! Obviously, with such a powerful engine this sports bike has a very good throttle response, and that is clearly proved by the quick acceleration. In short, this motorcycle cannot fail to impress those who are really into motorcycle-speed.
11 BMW S1000 RR
Picture this, a superbike which was built for the sole purpose of speed and racing. Well, this model is the perfect definition of that because it was built to take part in the 2009 World Superbike Championship. Actually, this motorcycle is a race bike, and it has some unique features which are not normally available in other superbikes. Wait for it… It has a horsepower of 200 at 13500rpm. And also, it has an optional gear shift assist which is very handy. Probably, you’re wondering what could be the top speed of this motorcycle. Right? So, it has a top speed of 188mph.
10 MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
Okay, the name of this superbike gives you a hint about the kind of engine it possesses. Yes, you’re dead right! It has a turbine engine. Actually, it was the world’s first motorcycle to ever possess a turbine engine. As if that’s not enough— it is the most powerful production motorcycle with a horsepower of 320. And that was noted down in the Guinness book of records. Ironically, it has a higher horsepower than some sports car. Prepare for this because it may come as a shocker. It has a top speed of 250mph. This is the kind of speed that can make you really scared.
9 Ducati Panigale 1199 R
This is the second time we’re coming across a Ducati model, and this time round, they went all in. The team behind this model equipped it with a larger engine. You read that right, it has a 1285cc engine.
Additionally, the team at Ducati also admitted that this superbike is the beginning of a new era.
Surprisingly, it was Ducati’s first motorcycle with a four-cylinder-engine to be put on mass production. So is the horsepower at a new level? You bet, it is! This model has a horsepower of 200 when the wheels are at 10750 rotations per minute.
8 Lightning LS-218
What a coincidence! The name just describes the proficiency of this motorcycle. Firstly, this motorcycle runs on electricity, and this shows the kind of evolution that is happening in the automobile field. It gets better because it has a horsepower of 200 which is quite good for an electric motorcycle. Plus, it can attain a top speed of 212mph and the 0-60 acceleration happens in only 2 seconds. Moreover, this motorcycle is more efficient because it’s less heavy. And also maintaining this superbike is easier compared to the motorcycles that run on fuel-combustion.
7 Kawasaki Tomcat ZX-10
By now, it is pretty obvious that the Kawasaki models dominate this field of superbikes. Even though this model was produced in the early ‘90s, it’s is still powerful. Yes, Kawasaki had mastered the art of making powerful motorcycles from way back. Everything that this motorcycle was equipped with, especially the engine made it better in a unique way. The team behind this model reinforced the internal parts of the engines with lighter pistons and valves to reduce its weight. Besides that, this motorcycle has a 1000cc engine which is very light.
6 Dodge Tomahawk
One look at this motorcycle is enough to give you the impression that is a powerful and a monstrous motorcycle.
Unfortunately, it is not licensed to be used on public roads because it is too powerful for that.
You read that right, the kind of power it possesses is risky. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This monstrous machine has a horsepower of 500. Isn’t that the horsepower of a car? Yes, it has a horsepower which is higher than that of an average car. Oddly enough, it has four tires, and this makes it weird.
5 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Suzuki has been involved in the MotoGP over and over to the point where they perfected the art of making superb motorcycles. As a matter of fact, they kept on upgrading some features on this model just to make it perfect. In 2012, the team behind this model had done all the needed updates, and the result was something which had superb features. In fact, it came out lighter than expected despite the fact that it has a big engine of 1000cc. Coincidentally, the effort that the Suzuki team focused on this motorcycle made it the most powerful bike in GSX-R series.
4 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
This motorcycle clearly indicated to us that Kawasaki is here to set standards. Apart from accelerating faster than some sports cars such as Lamborghini in a drag race, this motorcycle also set a firm world record. In 2016, a rider with this motorcycle was able to reach 250mph in only 26 seconds. What more could you expect from a superbike with a horsepower 326? Likewise, this superbike is also supercharged making it very powerful, and one of its kind. In fact, coming across such a motorcycle is very rare to come by. Undoubtedly, this is a speed demon on two wheels.
3 Honda VF1000R
Truly, this motorcycle is a classic. It was a production which happened from 1984 to 1989, and its power is admired until today. And guess what? This was the first motorcycle by Honda to run on gear driven cams instead of chain driven cams. Besides that, this motorcycle has a 1000cc engine and a horsepower of 125. During that time, riders were scared of powerful bikes such as this because they were risky. Those who rode this machine are considered legends. Right now, they are very few models such as this. On that matter still, the last models are being auctioned and they cost a fortune.
2 Bimota YB6 EXUP
Just as the Honda VF1000R, this was also a bike which was produced in the early ‘90s. During that time, it was the motorcycle with the best handling in the market. On top of that, this motorcycle has a 1002cc engine, and the chassis is made of aluminum. Obviously, the light bodywork enhanced the performance of this motorcycle. It gets better— the team behind this motorcycle had learned some tricks from the previous versions of the Bimota (the YB4 and the YB6). So, they ensured that this motorcycle would be a little different from the other models by increasing the horsepower to 149.
1 MV Agusta F4RC
In the past few years, this was the most anticipated sports bike. Finally, it was released this year, and it is just perplexing! Everything about this motorcycle is just amazing.
The detail that has been incorporated on the design is just enough to tell us that the performance is also good.
On that note of performance— this motorcycle was developed to achieve the best results, and that is clearly proved by the good throttle response. That’s not all, the horsepower of this motorcycle is in another level since it has a horsepower of 212.
sources: youtube.com, cycleworld.com, MCNews.com