While some people just like the freedom of riding a motorcycle and feeling a nice breeze, others are looking to maximize their speed while on the road. Luckily, motorcycles are known for their incredible speed thanks to their aerodynamic design and light weight. Even if you have one of the fastest performance motorcycles, you should never ride one of these motorcycles. Here are the fastest motorcycles found around the world.
The Dodge Tomahawk takes the title of the fastest motorcycle with its ability to reach speeds of 350 miles per hour, which is 560 kilometers per hour, on the race track. Unsurprisingly, the Tomahawk was made in very limited quantities. It has a 10-cylinder engine in the 90 degree V-Twin style that generates 500 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute. For all that power, the transmission is simple with just two speeds.
Following the Dodge is the Suzuki Hayabusa. This Japanese motorcycle can reach 248 miles per hour or 397 kilometers per hour. Its 1,340 cc engine has four cylinders, 16 valves, and a DOHC design with liquid cooling. Its ability to reach 248 miles per hour is truly impressive when you consider that it only produces 197 horsepower at 6,750 rpm. It works with a 6-speed transmission.
MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
The MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K is another high-speed motorcycle worth consideration if you want to go as fast as possible. It can reach up to 227 miles per hour, which is 365 kilometers per hour. It also has greater engine output than the Hayabusa, despite not having as high of a top speed. This motorcycle’s Rolls-Royce 250-C20 turbo engine produces 320 horsepower, and it uses a two-speed automatic transmission.
Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird
Although it can’t quite hit 200 miles per hour, the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird is still among the fastest performance motorcycles in the world, reaching 190 miles per hour (310 kilometers per hour). Its 1137 cc 4-cylinder engine is liquid-cooled and produces 153 horsepower. It has a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox.
Yamaha YZF R1
Falling just a few miles per hour behind the Honda, the Yamaha YZF R1 can reach 186 miles per hour or 297 kilometers per hour. It has a parallel 4-cylinder engine that is forward inclined, DOHC style, liquid cooled, and has 20 valves. The 128.2 horsepower figure may not make you think it can reach those high speeds, but the Yamaha delivers.
While the above motorcycles are the quickest, they are not alone, and some have been updated very recently. Other incredibly quick performance motorcycles worth checking out include the limited edition Honda CBR1000RR-S, the Yamaha YZF-R1M, the Kawasaki Ninja H2, and the BW S1000RR. These are more available than limited production models like the Dodge Tomahawk.