It’s become a sort of ‘arms race’ to see who can make the fastest, street-legal, production motorcycle going.
With that in mind, and with a clear understanding of the appeal of going really, really fast on two wheels, we present this list of ten fast street legal motorcycles you can saddle up on.
As always, we urge caution should you decide to buy one of these beasts, and we’d also like you to call us and make the offer to let us take your new bike around the block a couple of times.
1. MV Agusta F4 1100 CC
MV Agusta F4 1100 CC comes straight out of the crate injected with power to spare and can, given a liberal dose of throttle, easily reach a top speed of 195 mph. That kind of speed comes at a price, and that price is a heady $135,000.
2. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
Produced from 2000 to 2006, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R featured an in-line, four-stroke engine capable of producing 178 bhp and mind-bending torque at 10500 rpm. An aircraft aluminum frame makes this bike a looker in the bargain. With a top speed of 185.8 mph, this 1200 cc bike lacks only wings to enter a suborbital glide path.
3. Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Ball-peen hammer performance makes this bike, the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, a real widowmaker. Featuring a four-stroke, four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine capable of stunning performance, the 1298 cc liquid cooled engine can produce 175 bhp and a ton of torque. With a dry weight of just 473 lbs, the power to weight ratio is well, just not right.
4. Honda CBR1100XX
The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird positively murdered it’s number one rival, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11, when it debuted back in 1996. Capable of reaching a top speed of 178.5 mph, this Honda topped the list of the world’s fastest production motorcycles in the 90s. An 1137 cc, 4-valve, liquid cooled inline-four engine cranked out 132.9 bhp and 78 ft-lbs of tooth-grinding torque.
5. BMW K1200S
The BMW K1200S utilizes its 1157-cc four-cylinder inline engine – a mill which winds up 160 bhp – this bike is just plain fast. Agile and BMW-reliable, this piece of German jewelry can hold its own on track day or through the twisties on a day run with all your other insane sportbiker friends.
6. Ducati 1098
While its no Panigale, the Italian Motorcycle Company Ducati created some serious buzz with the 1098. The bike’s 2-cyclinder, four-stroke liquid cooled engine produces, depending on your skill as a tuner, 160-180 bhp and lays down 90-99 ft-lbs of torque. How fast is it? How about zero to 60 mph in less as 3 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph…
7. Aprilia RSV1000 Mille
The Aprilla RSV1000 Mile comes fixed with a 998cc engine which will push it along to a top speed of 169 mph and generates some 128 bph. Fast with superb handling, it’s more than just a pretty face.
8. Yamaha YZF-R1
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is a venerable machine from a venerable performance marque. With a 998cc four-cylinder inline engine strapped on, you end up on the receiving end of 179 bph and more torque than may be entirely prudent.
9. MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike
Moved along by a turbine engine, MTT Y2K Turbine, as its name suggests, sports a Rolls-Royce 250-C20 turboshaft engine, rolls up to a top speed of 230 mph and 320 bhp and 425 ft-lb torque on the pavement. Startling, but the sound alone might make it worth the price of admission – if you’re the drummer in a rock band or Jay Leno…
10. Ducati Desmosedici RR
The Ducati Desmosedici RR came fitted with a 989 cc engine, this 377-pound marvel cranks out 197 bhp and 85 ft-lbs. of beautiful, Italian torque.