Top 10 Quickest Motorcycles
Of all of the speedy choppers out there, the top 10 quickest motorcycles out there are the fastest accelerating motorbikes in the world. However, being dominated by Italian and Japanese manufacturers, the 10 quickest motorcycles also show very little cultural variety. Nonetheless, if you want quick motorcycles you pick a Japanese designed chopper, versus a power cycle made in America.
- The Suzuki GSX-R 1100 W. The GSX-R is the quickest of quickest motorcycles, racing from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.4 seconds. Weighing only 221 kilograms, and holding a mere four U.S. gallons in its tank, the GSX-R 1100 was quite the tiny beauty when it was produced. Unfortunately for chopper enthusiasts, the GSX-R 1100 was removed from production in 1999.
- The Bimota YB8 Furano. This Bimota zips from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.4 seconds as well. The YB8, produced as early as 1990, has become a thing of legend nowadays, pumping out 149 horsepower at 10500 rpm and weighing only 180 kg. Very legendary, indeed.
- The Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja. The Ninja, produced from 2001-2006, is barely slower than the Bimota and Suzuki, running a good 2.5 seconds. At a 300 km/hr top speed, this Kawasaki isn't fooling around, especially among the quickest motorcycles in the world.
- The Suzuki GSX 1300 R Hayabusa. Suzuki makes quick GSX's, and motorbikes in general. The GSX 1300 R Hayabusa is indeed one of the quickest motorcycles out there, with an impressive 2.6 second 0-100 km/hr run.
- The Bimota SB6R. Also with a 2.6 acceleration time, the Bimota SB6R is one of the Italian automaker's finest racing machines yet. It's efficient four cylinder engine and quick five speed gearbox make for an amazing ride.
- The BMW K1200 S. Beemer motorbikes are just as fast as their vehicles. In 2.8 seconds, from a standstill, this BMW (the K1200 S) is going 100 km/hr. Since 2008 the K1200 S also powers its 1,300 cc engine with 175 horsepower, not bad at all when it comes to the 10 quickest motorcycles.
- The Honda CBR600RR. Running alongside Honda's famed "Fireblad" series is the CBR600RR, which gets a laudable 0-100 km/hr time of 3.0 seconds. In spring of 2010, its most recent redesign was revealed and released to the public including an improvement to torque, noise reduction, and new paint schemes.
- The Honda "Fireblade" CBR1000RR. Coming in with a bigger engine (about 1,000 cc vs. the CBR600RR's 600 cc) the Fireblade runs 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.1 seconds. This famed series of motorbikes is hardly something the average Joe can touch, but the CBR1000RR has its place among the quickest motorcycles secured.
- The Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. A bit slower than its brethren, the ZX-12R, this Ninja still beats expectations. In 3.1 seconds you can watch this Kawasaki reach 100 km/hr. That's something to be said for a machine that puts out a mere 41 lb/ft of torque at 11,000 RPM.
- The Yamaha YZF-R1. This multinational corporation, Yamaha, definitely has its own submission to the 10 quickest motorcycles. Coming in, just barely tenth place, with a 0 to 100 km/hr time of 3.2 seconds, is the YZF-R1. The 2010 R1 comes with a cross-plane crankshaft, the first of the quickest motorcycles (or just about any, for that matter) to do so.
While the world's 10 quickest motorcycles aren't necessarily the fastest concerning top speed, they definitely pack a punch. Sometimes what matters most in a competition is not what chopper can reach the fastest speed, but which is the quickest. With these 10 beauties at your side, you'll never have to worry about losing a street race to some overpriced piece of junk motorbike, ever.