Fastest Bikes in the World: Top 10

Updated on August 28, 2018
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Savio is a resident of Mumbai, India. Cars, bikes and everything fast are his passion and he writes about them on numerous reputable sites.

Fastest Bikes - An Introduction

Bikes traditionally scored over their four-wheeled counterparts by having a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio. This allowed them to out-accelerate the supercars even though they lacked the punch in the top speed.

Over the last decade, the cars have closed the gap, and now in many cases accelerate even faster than the superbikes. Nonetheless, an experience on a superbike or in a supercar is different and has a charm of its own. If we doubt that we should ask Tom Cruise, the owner of many supercars and bikes.

Before going on to rank the bikes, it is worthwhile to mention that just like the supercars the superbikes too keep changing their positions for top speed and acceleration. That's why I keep updating this list. Besides, there is a mix of speed record bikes and production bikes. What’s the difference?

Production bikes are produced commercially for the general public while the speed record bikes are the ones produced only to break records. These would be the counterparts of the non-conventional cars like the Thrust SSC or the Bloodhound SSC. The list of non-conventional bikes would be a separate one, while here we will only discuss production models.

Hope readers got a hang of the types of bikes. Let’s proceed to the list.

1. Turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa

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This is the fastest bike on the list and the only one to have done a 500 kmph speed run. It is also the first conventional bike to have done a 500 kmph run, meaning no other conventional bike out there has done a 500 kmph run before this one. Only non-conventional bikes have gone faster than the Turbocharged Hayabusa. But then that is a whole different breed and covered in another article on the fastest non-conventional bikes.

Now, usually, my list has stock bikes, so why does this turbocharged Hayabusa find a mention here? Well, the answer is that in the conventional upright seating mode it is almost impossible to do 500 kmph. All the non-conventional bikes going faster than this one are usually with the rider in a lying-down position and in a streamlined vehicle. They look nothing like stock bikes. To add to that to do the 500 kmph in just 1.5 miles is unheard of. For reference, the Bugatti Chiron did 0 to 400 kmph to 0 over a course of 3.115 km. The 0 - 400 kmph happened over nearly 2.6 km but the Hayabusa here did a 0 – 500 kmph in less than 2.415 km. See the point? Let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Top Speed: 311.94 mph (502.2 km/hr)
  • Engine: Modified turbocharged 1000 hp engine with methanol fuel
  • HP: 1000 hp
  • Torque: Not available
  • Price: Personal modified bike. Not for sale.
  • Acceleration: 0 – 500 kmph in ~ 30 seconds [Watch the video to work out the time]

The Fatal Run

Now let's get to know the man who did it. Bill Warner was the one who modified the Hayabusa in 2011 to do the 300 mph run. He broke both the 300 mph and 500 kmph, barrier for a conventional sit-out bike. He continues to hold the land-speed record top speed as per Loring Timing Association. In 2013, Warner once again tried to do the 300 mph feet within a mile and lost control of his bike at 285 mph. Though he was conscious after the accident, he was declared dead about an hour later in the hospital. Despite a sad ending he continues to inspire the world with his awesome speed run and a record which he holds to date!

2. Dodge Tomahawk

Dodge Tomahawk
Dodge Tomahawk

The Tomahawk, from the Dodge stable, is an interesting bike which is on the list and yet never did a speed run. Its enormous engine and power will put a road car to shame. The Tomahawk is a concept, and the buyers, whoever they are, cannot ride it, strictly. Dodge can sell the bike only, and they have no permission to sell the transmission for the bike.

This bike has a close resemblance to Batman’s mobike, and owners should be happy that it does not need a stand and that they don't have to balance it on their limbs when in standstill. To do that even Batman would have wished he was Superman. Let’s look at its impressive stats:

  • Top Speed: 298.14 mph (480 km/hr) [Estimated]
  • Engine: 8.3 litre V10
  • HP: 500 hp
  • Torque: 712 N-m
  • Price: US $ 550,000
  • Acceleration: Not Available

Now the obvious question is that if the bike has done no speed run then how did we determine the speed? Well, it is the 8.3-liter all-conquering SRT10, Dodge Viper’s V10 engine which is plonked into this bike. It is the same engine which makes the Dodge RAM the fastest pickup in the world capable of doing 154 mph. If the RAM pickup can do 154 mph then shouldn't a bike which is less than one-third the weight be able to do at least twice the speed? Possible, isn’t it? Well, that's my logic of how the speed of 298.14 mph has been arrived at. Chances are that it could go faster but then we will let this be. Peace!!

3. Kawasaki Ninja H2R

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Here comes the bike that made me change my ranking in 2018, the first time since I made the original list. The H2R created a record of reaching 400 kmph in 26 seconds and was handled by none other than the reigning World SSP champion, Sofuoglu. In doing so, it trumps the other production motorcycles out there and invites comparison with the MTT Streetfighter.

  • Top Speed: 248.45 mph (400 km/hr)
  • Engine: Supercharged 998 cc, in-line 4 DOHC
  • HP: 310 hp
  • Torque: 156 N-m
  • Price: US $ 50,000
  • Acceleration: 0-60 in 2 sec

Here's the Record Run

Sofuoglu had done multiple practice runs to make the 400 kmph run happen. It was carried out at 5 a.m. and the racer was wearing a special suit designed specifically for this run. To avoid tire burst the run had to happen within 30 seconds and Sofuoglu did it in 26!

3. MTT Streetfighter [Joint Position with H2R]

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Until the H2R created the new record, this superbike was the sole owner of this spot. However, now it shares it with the H2R. The Streetfighter is a version of the MTT Turbine Superbike, from the Rolls Royce stable. The point to note is that while the H2R could do just one such speed run, under a controlled environment (5 a.m. run, a special suit, etc.), to create the record, the MTT can do it as many times as required, partly due to its jet lineage. I mean, look at the horsepower and torque numbers, and you will see my point.

  • Top Speed: 248.45 mph (400 km/hr)
  • Engine: 249 cc, Gas Turbine
  • HP: 420 hp
  • Torque: 678 N-m
  • Price: US $ 175,000
  • Acceleration: Not Available

5. MTT Turbine Superbike

MTT Turbine Superbike
MTT Turbine Superbike

The original version from the Rolls Royce stable, the MTT Turbine sports an engine which was earlier powering jets.

  • Top Speed: 230 mph (370.3 km/hr)
  • Engine: 249 cc, Gas Turbine
  • HP: 320 hp
  • Torque: 578 N-m
  • Price: US $ 200,000
  • Acceleration: Not Available

6. Lightning LS - 218 [Electric]

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This is the fastest electric bike out there. The name LS – 218 stands for the top-speed of the vehicle which is 218 mph. If the speed is anything to go by then it is pretty exciting that we will be having faster electric bikes in the future. The LS is produced by Lightning Motorcycle which is considered to be the Tesla of bikes. The bike does have some accolades under its belt. It was the fastest in the Pikes Peak International Climb in 2013 among both, gas and electric bikes.

  • Top Speed: 218 (351 km/hr)
  • Engine: Liquid cooled 150 kW electric motor
  • HP: 200 hp
  • Torque: 228 N-m
  • Price: US $ 38,000
  • Acceleration: Not Available

Take a look at the quarter mile drag race between a Kawasaki Ninja H2 (not H2R) and LS – 218. Not bad in my opinion!

At the time of its launch in 2013, the Lightning was the fastest bike in the world. This is much like Tesla roadster raising flutters by being the quickest in the world. However, at the moment, it comes after few gas and jet bikes. That said, not bad at all, especially that the more famous S1000RR, Ducati, and Hayabusa are yet to come.

7. BMW S1000RR

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The BMW S1000RR had toppled the Suzuki Hayabusa to take its spot in 2013. However, there was a minor edit in 2014 when the bike did a faster run of 208 mph; bettering the 201 mph record earlier. This was due to Valerie Thompson's speed run at Bonneville Salt Flats. Barring that, every other parameter remains the same.

  • Top Speed: 208.81 mph (336 km/hr)
  • Engine: 999 cc, in-line 4, 4 stroke engine
  • HP: 193 hp
  • Torque: 112 N-m
  • Price: US $ 14,000
  • Acceleration: 0-60 in 2.4 sec

Taking reference of one of our earlier points of supercars being as fast as superbikes. We see that the 0-60 acceleration of the BMW S1000RR is as good as Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s acceleration, which both achieve in 2.4 seconds.

2018 Update

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The BMW S1000 RR hit a 242 mph [390 kmph] top speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats, piloted by Erin Sills. This makes it the fastest BMW bike ever with minor streamlining changes from the stock one. However, since Erin couldn't complete the second run due to electronic issues, it was not taken as the official record. The official record stands at 229 mph [369 kmph] which is still impressive and broke the previous record of 221 mph [356 kmph] achieved by Erin's late husband Andy sills in 2013.

In the picture above you can see Erin on her modified BMWS1000RR.

So, why exactly is the BMW S1000RR languishing at this spot then, you may ask? Well, it is not the stock bike nor is it doing something different like the turbocharged Hayabusa. That said, 242 mph is still mighty impressive!

8. Ducati 1199 Pinagle R Final Version

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In a list originally dominated by the Hayabusa followed by the BMW, the Ducati is making to the list for the first time. The performance of the Ducati was never a question, however, it never attempted or tried to make it to the top speed list. The Panigale R was set to change that. Being the final version of the iconic 1199, there were quite some updates which also saw the speed bumped up to 202 mph from 186 mph.

Here are the stats:

  • Top Speed: 202 (325 km/hr)
  • Engine: Liquid cooled 1,198 cc 4-valve/cylinder 90 degree V-twin
  • HP: 202 hp
  • Torque: 140 N-m
  • Price: ~ US $ 35,000
  • Acceleration: 0 – 60 mph in 2.98 seconds

9. Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa
Suzuki Hayabusa | Source

The erstwhile number one bike is last on this list. Hayabusa means “Falcon” in Japanese. Because falcons eat blackbirds, this name was a pot shot at the Honda’s Blackbird series which were the fastest bike till the time the Hayabusa came in. Though last at the moment, don't write it off yet.

  • Top Speed: 198.76 mph (320 km/hr)
  • Engine: 1340 cc, in-line 4, 4 stroke engine
  • HP: 162 hp
  • Torque: 135 N-m
  • Price: US $ 13,500
  • Acceleration: 0-60 in 2.6 seconds

Hayabusa vs. BMW S1000RR

Interestingly, this list starts and ends with a Hayabusa. How's that for a coincidence? Cool, I would say!

Back to Parking

While we can expect the positions to change, we can safely place our bet on these bikes being in the top slot for some time. If you own one then it hardly matters where they stand. They all are magical!!

Fastest Bike Poll (Updated August 2018)

Which bike do you like?

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Fastest Bike Poll (Updated List)

Which Bike did you Like?

  • 17% Dodge Tomahawk
  • 44% Kawasaki Ninja H2R
  • 2% MTT Streetfighter
  • 2% MTT Turbine
  • 10% BMW S1000RR
  • 24% Suzuki Hayabusa
41 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Fastest Bike Poll

Which bike do you like?

  • 27% Dodge Tomahawk
  • 6% MTT Streetfighter
  • 5% MTT Turbine Superbike
  • 27% BMW S1000RR
  • 35% Suzuki Hayabusa
1,149 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Disclaimer: The videos added in the article belong to the users who have posted them on youtube. The Author does not own them nor validates that they belong to the ones who posted them on youtube. The videos are included to give some additional information about the subject being discussed.

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    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      7 months ago from Mumbai, India

      K.D. none of the Honda bikes feature in the top speed list. In fact, Hayabusa ended the Honda's reign at the top. Nonetheless, should it make it to the top again, I will ensure that it is covered. Thank you!

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      10 months ago from Mumbai, India

      Hello Sway,

      Yes, indeed, these are masterpieces!

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      Sway 

      11 months ago

      Beautiful master pieces What man can create ♡♡♡♡

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      K.D 

      3 years ago

      Sir what about honda?..

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      3 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Yes Andrew. The newest entrant to the top speed group.

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      andrew 

      3 years ago

      ducati 1199 s 202.9mph (326kmh)

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi Aishwarya,

      Glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Aishwarya thakur 

      4 years ago

      Amazing! the bikes and the article both. A very detailed list with proper description.Thanks for this !

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      I think nothing much has changed John! Even with these babies I suspect if you could legally go beyond 100 mph, leave alone 114 mph.. .Of course, there are always drag races and open stretches without cops... Glad you enjoyed the article!

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      John MacNab 

      5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      An interesting article, Savio. When I was a crazy teenager I had a Triumph Tiger 110. I could never get it past 114 mph.

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Yeah, doesn't it CarNoobz.. Sad we won't see one on the road... Glad you enjoyed!

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      CarNoobz 

      5 years ago from USA

      Woah, that Tomahawk looks sweet...like something out of an anime flick.

      Voted up

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi Clark,

      I am quite with you on the difference between production and non-production bikes. In fact when the European countries were weary of the Hayabusa's top speed and wanted to restrict the import to their countries, the Japanese with no choice had to ensure speed limiters. That is what makes it a viable proposition to sell, and the same reason makes the Dodge Tomahawk and others totally non viable.. The intention of the post was to include the more spoken about non-commercial bikes along with the more known Hayabusa and BMW S1000RR. Had I made a ten bike list it could have covered many others like the Honda, Kawasaki, et all.. Anyway thanks for your observations!

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      Steve Clark 

      5 years ago from Northern, VA

      Motorcycle manufacturers made a 'Gentleman's Agreement' to limit production motorcycles to stay under 200MPH, as they didn't want to face restrictions and tariffs. Thus, no turbos and super widgets, and this is my non-production motorcycles top your list. Also, there are electric bikes that smoke the production BMW & Hayabusa, which should have knocked them off your list. Just sayin...

    • Savio Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Savio Koman 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thanks Carolina! Glad you enjoyed.

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      carolina muscle 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      interesting !

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