The World’s Fastest Production Motorcycles – For When Fast Isn’t Fast Enough
The introduction of the first production “Superbike,” some might say it was the Vincent Black Shadow and some might say it was the Kawasaki 900 Z1, brought with it a never-ending quest for speed, performance and handling.
Just being fast wasn’t enough, they had to be yawping fast. So fast the snot dried out in you nose before you hit top gear. So fast that, like the words from the famous song, “the lines on the road just looked like dots.”
At this stage in their development, Superbikes are reaching out, and exceeding, 200 mph, and the best (or worst) part of the quest is that you can, given the proper amount of dollars or Euros, buy one of these highway terrors and roll it out on the road your ownself.
So here they are, the fastest production motorcycles in the world today:
With more than enough power to turn your adrenaline into lime juice, the K 1200 S gets from a dead stop to sixty in a startling 2.8 seconds. After that, you can reach speeds once reserved for MotoGP machines, and you can do it on Route One provided the coppers don’t already know you and lie in wait…
This 1099 cc L-twin sport bike replaced the 999, and with 160 horsepower, 90.4 ft-lb torque, and a weight in the dainty 360 pound range, provides a rider with the highest torque-to-weight ratio of any production sport bike ever made. Enough, surely, to flatten your eyeballs and provide you with regular glimpses of the Great Beyond.
Aprilia RSV 1000R Mille
The RSV Mille and limited-edition RSV Mille Factory, aside from being engineering and design marvels, are V-twin powered monsters made by Aprilia. Sporting a truly chubby-inducing 143 HP 998 cc engine built by the Austrian manufacturer Rotax, the RSV Mille Factory can make you go blind if you play with it too often.
It is also capable of generating speeds which will make the faint of heart spot their tighty-whiteys.
Yamaha YZF R1
The Yamaha YZF-R1 was introduced in 1998 and marked the debut of the liter class (1,000 cc and up). It’s also the bike which began the “arms race” between Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki to see who could make a motorcycle for the street capable of splitting a stray dog, cat or squirrel in half when fully wound out.
Honda CBR 1100XX Super Blackbird
Honda likes to call the CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird a sport-touring motorcycle, but that’s sort of like calling Donald Trump’s latest casino a “gambling joint.”
MV Agusta F4 1000 R
The F4 1000 R was released in 2006 and came with a 174 horsepower engine. In August of 2006, an F4 1000 R set a record for the fastest production class 1000 cc motorcycle at 185 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It would surely go faster if lovingly tuned…
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, which is known as the Kawasaki ZZR1400 in Europe and Japan, is the ultimate death machine model in Kawasaki’s sport bike lineup. This projectile can accelerate to 60 from a standing start in under 2.5 seconds, and it does the quarter mile in about 9.83 seconds, or roughly as much time as it takes you to take a leak after a long evening of drinking Cosmopolitans with your lady friends.
Fast? Well, yes…
Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Not only is the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa very, very fast, it’s also become a sort of benchmark among speed maniacs and the recently dead. Introduced by Suzuki in 1999, the Hayabusa boasts a 1299 cc inline-4 engine rated at an astonishing 175 bhp to the rear wheel. Often referred to as “the fastest production motorcycle in the world,” the Hayabusa name comes from the Japanese for Peregrine Falcon.
Trust us, a Peregrine Falcon steps aside when it sees one of these fly by…
MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
The MTT Turbine Superbike was created by Ted McIntyre of Marine Turbine Technologies Inc.
Powered by a Rolls Royce Allison 250 series turboshaft engine, which, by the way, is a company famous for producing tractor and airplane powerplants, generates a Supercar-like 320 bhp.
The MTT Turbine has reached a top speed of 227 mph and once cost a tidy $150,000.
The Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the “most powerful production motorcycle” and the “most expensive production motorcycle,” but all that is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that regular rides on this motorcycle would surely disrupt your bowels beyond easy repair and encourage you to commit irreparable harm to your driving record.