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Motorcycles, with their long and storied history spanning over a century, have undergone remarkable technological advancements. These innovations encompass metallurgy, powertrain engineering, and chassis design, all of which have led to the creation of increasingly formidable machines. In the contemporary era, this evolutionary process continues, resulting in a current crop of ultra-high-performance motorcycles. With numerous benchmark-setting models emerging in recent years, now is the ideal moment to decipher which generation of today's motorcycles reigns supreme in terms of speed and their ranking.
Although compiling such a list might seem straightforward, the proliferation of contradictory information and false claims circulating online complicates the task considerably. To navigate this maze of misinformation, we have undertaken a comprehensive approach by consulting technical directors and media representatives from the manufacturers of today's fastest bikes. Our goal is to provide you with a definitive and reliable guide to the fastest production motorcycles currently available for purchase.
The Speed Saga: A Contemporary Chronicle of the World's Swiftest Motorcycles
While top speed is a rarely tapped feature of motorcycles, it remains an intriguing metric and a potent selling point for manufacturers. This wasn't always the case, however. Throughout the evolution of modern motorcycles, various models have surfaced, redefining performance benchmarks in the industry. The mid-'80s introduction of Suzuki's groundbreaking GSX-R750 heralded the era of race replica machines, track-derived models that essentially transformed detuned race bikes into road-legal, accessible, and high-performance two-wheeled wonders.
Competing manufacturers quickly responded to Suzuki's challenge, resulting in a continuous evolution of sportbike performance throughout the subsequent decades. By the 1990s, manufacturers began engineering models with the sole purpose of achieving mind-boggling top speeds. Kawasaki's ZX-11R was eventually surpassed by Honda's CBR1100XX Super Blackbird in 1996, each boasting increasingly faster top speeds. Suzuki then entered the fray with its even swifter GSX-1300R Hayabusa, named after the peregrine falcon, a bird of prey that feeds on blackbirds.
The emphasis was unmistakably on speed, with manufacturers, particularly in Japan, pushing the limits of velocity. Concerns arose among politicians and regulatory bodies in Western markets about the safety implications of these triple-digit speed machines. As rumors of a potential ban in Europe reached Japan's boardrooms, a drastic solution was needed to avert a potential catastrophe for the Japanese motorcycle industry.
The solution emerged as an informal agreement among major manufacturers, where each pledged to limit top speeds to 300km/h (or 186.4mph). This agreement allowed manufacturers to focus on developing other aspects of performance and components without the fear of losing sales solely based on top speed competition. This marked the end of what became known as "the speed wars of the 1990s," although its repercussions persist to this day.
A decade later, fears of a ban had subsided, prompting several manufacturers to explore models that violated the earlier agreement. Initially, this involved motorcycles capable of exceeding 300km/h but having speedometer readings capped at that number—a practice still employed by some companies. Eventually, manufacturers openly produced bikes that shattered the 300km/h barrier. Today, manufacturers prioritize reducing lap times, refining advanced electronics, and enhancing component and chassis development more than chasing outright speed. Nevertheless, the astounding power generated by modern motorcycles has facilitated some truly remarkable top speeds.
10. DUCATI STREETFIGHTER V4 S
Top Speed: 195+ MPH: Ducati previously offered a naked version of its flagship superbike models in the mid-to-late aughts, though for the last few years it hasn’t been part of the firm’s lineup. So, not long after Ducati unveiled its MotoGP-derived V-4 platform, rumors immediately began swirling of a naked, Streetfighter version of the new fully-faired flagship. And, much to the delight of Ducatistas everywhere, the Bologna firm came through. Like the rest of Ducati’s models, the S-spec represents the top-shelf version of the Streetfighter V4, and as such boasts Ohlins suspension, and a number of other . And, while beauty is subjective, it’s hard not to look at the Streetfighter V4 and see one of the most attractive motorcycle designs in recent years.
9. APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY 1100
Top Speed: 198.8MPH: As a direct competitor to Ducati’s world-famous superbikes, you can be sure Aprilia makes one hell of a motorcycle, and its flagship RSV4 is far from an exception. And while the RSV4 is incredibly potent in its base trim, the Noale firm nonetheless offers a top-of-the-line, race-derived Factory-spec of the Italian V-4 with a host of high-end upgrades including carbon fiber bodywork and a carbon heat-shield for its Akrapovic race exhaust, and integrated carbon fiber MotoGP-style aerodynamic winglets, among many others. And with a matte black livery completing the package, this is one modern superbike that ticks all the boxes: looks good; sounds great; and goes even greater.
8. DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R
Top Speed: 198.8MPH: When Ducati rolled out its 1,100cc Stradale V4 platform in 2017, it marked the first Ducati model in decades& not to utilize the brand’s hallmark L-Twin engine, though the 1.1L displacement barred the new Duck from WSBK competition. To skirt this issue, Ducati released a sub-1,000cc race-ready version of the bike with the Panigale V4 R superbike model. Sporting the sculpted bare-aluminum tank of previous Ducati homologation specials, this machine is one of the highest-performance motorcycles on earth, not just based on its top speed and power output, but on its ability to fire-off insanely impressive lap times. The V4 R’s engine is also Ducati’s most powerful (production) powertrain of all time, with a ludicrous 240.5hp on tap — when fitted with its optional track-only race kit and exhaust).
7. DAMON HYPERSPORT PREMIER
Top Speed: 200MPH (Claimed): Though it still has yet to hit showrooms, if Damon Motorcycles’ claims come to fruition, the Hypersport Premier (and HS) will be one of, if not the highest-performing electric motorcycle on the market, with a claimed 200-mile range, three-hour charge times, a sub-3-second 0-60mph time, and integrated GoPro-style cameras and a 4G-connected smart auto-pilot system, all in a sub-440lb package that offers 200hp outputs and a supposed top speed of 200mph. If Damon manages to deliver on these promises, the Hypersport will be nothing short of a revolution in the electric motorcycle segment.
6. KAWASAKI Z H2
Top Speed: 200+ MPH: Kawasaki already offered a robust line of naked Z machines, all ranging in displacement and engine type while maintaining the flagship’s naked aggressive looks. And this year, Kawasaki decided to add to that lineup with a forced-induction version, taking the supercharged four-cylinder engine from the NINJA H2 and dropping it into a new, naked package. With the benefit of a factory-installed supercharger, the Z H2 manages to deliver some insanely-impressive performance capabilities — made all the more impressive by the model’s lack of bodywork and surprisingly accessible MSRP.
5. DUCATI SUPERLEGGERA V4
Top Speed: 200+ MPH: Ducati has managed to deliver the absolute pinnacle of superbike performance with the new Superleggera V4, taking the 234hp mill from the V4 R and stuffing it into a chassis made entirely from carbon fiber, before adorning it in all-carbon bodywork, and outfitting it with all-carbon wheels — all of which come together to allow for a superbike with the most impressive power-to-weight ratio ever seen. The liberal use of carbon fiber also adds a degree of lightness that enables the Superleggera to achieve even higher speeds than the V4 R. Italian for “Super Light”, the Superleggera V4 is the epitome of two-wheeled exotica and moto-exclusivity.
4. KAWASAKI NINJA H2
Top Speed: 209+ MPH: Aside from the turbo wars of the 1980s — another worthwhile piece of motorcycling history that we’ll have to save for another day — the motorcycle industry hadn’t seen a turbo of supersharged model for decades. That was until Kawasaki released the NINJA H2 in 2015. On top of being decked out in a sleek, futuristic design, the H2 distinguished itself from the rest of the market by offering levels of performance that nobody else in the industry could come close to, with almost 100ft-lbs of torque and 200hp at the rear wheel.
3. LIGHTNING LS-218
Top Speed: 218.63MPH: Electric motorcycles are widely recognized today for their stellar performance capabilities and unrivaled amounts of torque, and Lightning is in large part to thanks for that. Early on in the two-wheeled EV story, Lightning developed a bike that wouldn’t just become the fastest electric bike upon its release, but the fastest motorcycle in the world, period. Named after its top speed of just over 218mph, the LS-218 is an ultra-high-performance machine, with one modified example previously being used to shatter the outright motorcycle record at Pikes Peak — though every unit is capable of a sub-2-second 0-60mph time while delivering a range of 188 miles.
2. KAWASAKI NINJA H2R
Top Speed: 248.5MPH: Alongside the road-legal NINJA H2, Kawasaki also unleashed an even more bonkers, track-only version of the supercharged scoot, known as the NINJA H2R. Uninhibited by road-going restrictions, the H2R is unlike anything else on the market in terms of raw performance, generating more than 300hp and 120ft-lbs of torque. Draped in all-carbon-fiber bodywork, the H2R sports a unique design with aerodynamic winglets that are needed to produce downforce when the bike is nearing its top speed. This one sounds as unique as it looks, too.
1. MTT 420RR
Top Speed: 273.4MPH (Claimed): Marine Turbine Technologies — or MTT — first introduced its Y2K Turbine superbike around the turn of the millennium, though not content with the original model’s 320hp and 250mph top speed, the American outfit has in recent times returned with an even more ludicrous turbine-powered two-wheeler with the MTT 420RR. With the 420 denoting its horsepower output and the RR being short for “Race Ready,” this track-only machine packs an even crazier Rolls Royce Allison – 250-C20 Series gas turbine engine, as well as carbon fiber bodywork, and an aluminum alloy chassis. Tipping the scales at 500lbs, the claimed top speed of this race-ready American quarter-million-dollar motorcycle is theoretical, with the manufacturer’s website listing its top speed as “Faster Than You Will Ever Dare To Go.”