10 fastest production motorcycles currently on sale
Speed is not always the priority for those buying a new motorcycle. However, for some riders, speed and performance are the cornerstone of their passions for motorcycling. They live for the roar of the engine when you twist the throttle. Their hearts beat faster as the speedometer climbed, the wind whipped around them, and they felt the sheer mechanical power beneath them. Adrenaline pumps through their veins as they fold back onto the tank and become one with the bike. These 10 motorcycles let everyone experience what it’s like to be a master of mechanical and engineering excellence. These ten motorcycles are the fastest production motorcycles of 2022.
10/10 Zero SR/F – 124 mph
Studio shot of Zero SR/F
When electric motorcycles first hit the streets, they didn’t receive much respect or consideration from riders. However, they have quietly improved from the shadows to become a speed force to be reckoned with. With consistent track performance and a more affordable price, the Zero SR/F is a bike worthy of this list. Its top speed is 124 miles per hour, which might not sound impressive. However, it can hit 0-60 in 3.7 seconds in real-world testing. Also, let’s not forget that it can charge 95% in 60 minutes. This bike is fast in terms of performance and charging times.
9/10 MV Agusta F4 – 290 km/h
The F4 1000 R was the fastest 1000cc motorcycle in the world in 2006
With a top speed of 185 miles per hour, the MV Agusta F4 is another 1000 liter bike that features raw power. What sets this bike apart is its handling. Even at high speeds, the bike leans and turns like it’s on rails. Lightweight crankshaft and stroke engine reduce overall weight. The result is the bike’s ability to go from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. With this level of power, MV Agusta understands that not everyone is ready to handle this level of performance. Eight-level built-in traction control helps you tame that wild pony. After all, a maximum output of 174 horsepower at 10,000 rpm is enough to help you go wild on the street or on the track.
8/10 Suzuki Hayabusa – 290 km/h
Only 100 units of the Hayabusa Bol d’Or edition will go on sale
The Hayabusa is the bike that started a speed war and a Gentlemen’s Agreement that followed. When it hit the streets in 1999, the Hayabusa broke speed records that riders had never dreamed of before. The bike might be one of the ugliest bikes on the road, but this list isn’t about looks; it’s a question of performance. The 1340cc four-cylinder engine helps the Suzuki Hayabusa to be one of the kings of speed. Since its introduction in 1999, power has increased by 12 horsepower. It can soar from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. However, he respects the Gentleman’s Agreement. A limiter stops you at 185 miles per hour.
7/10 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP – 186 mph
Image of a Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP facing right against a white background.
When the Fireblade hit the market 30 years ago, it turned the world upside down. The latest CBR 10000RR-R Fireblade SP has a revised motor for maximum speed and mid-range performance. It is a 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with two-stage fuel injection. Engineers also tuned the bike to HSTC rider calibration data on Honda superbikes. This gives the bike a powerful punch in slow corners and stronger mid-range power. With all the tweaks and adjustments, the Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP hits 0-60 in 3.13 seconds and can reach a top speed of 186 miles per hour.
6/10 Ducati Panigale V4 R – 300 km/h
Side profile photo of a red Ducati Panigale V4R
The Ducati Panigale V4 R is a motorcycle developed from Ducati’s competitor for the 2019 World Superbike. It features classic sport fairings in the iconic Ducati Red. You’ll see other MotoGP features like winglets that help channel air around the bike and rider when traveling at high speeds. Instead of being a standard V4, it settles in at 998cc. However, you can buy it with an optional racing package that increases engine power. Under the right conditions, the Panigale V4 R beats the other bikes on this list by hitting 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. However, it comes with the industry standard electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.
5/10 Yamaha YZF-R1M – 300 km/h
A static front 3/4 shot of a 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1M on the track
With a 998cc liquid-cooled engine, the YZF-R1M is a powerful superbike. We have MotoGP to thank for the awesome performance technology and capability of this bike. Everything from brakes and tires to recording GPS data from Yamaha’s MotoGP program. The engine features a high-performance intake system, titanium exhaust system, compact stacked transmission, refined rocker arm valvetrain and high-output technology. Engineers took input from the world’s best riders on the toughest racing circuits. The result is a bike capable of hitting 186 miles per hour and going from 0-60 in 2.64 seconds.
4/10 Kawasaki ZX-14 – 300 km/h
Studio image of a black and green 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R sportbike facing right against a white background.
Known as the queen of the quarter mile, the Kawasaki ZX-14 is the longtime rival of the Suzuki Hayabusa. Clearly, it knocks the Hayabusa out on looks, with its bold quad-headlamp design and wind-sculpted fascias. However, it’s what powers this bike that gets your heart pumping. The 1441cc engine is powerful enough to propel the bike from 0-60 in 2.85 seconds. Thanks to the Gentlemen’s Agreement, the top speed of the ZX-14 is 300 km/h. However, remove the limiter, and rumor has it you can easily hit over 200 miles per hour. Fortunately, it comes with driver-assist technology like Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode and ABS.
3/10 Aprilia RSV4 – 300 km/h
Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory side profile photo
The sleek styling of this bike may distract you from its performance capabilities. The Aprilia RSV4 previously had a 1077cc engine, but now has a 1099cc liquid-cooled 65-degree DOHC engine. There are six driving modes to choose from. There are three street-restricted modes and three trail modes when you’re ready to see what this bike can really do. Plus, there’s a list of fancy performance features that include things like Traction Control (ATC), Launch Control (ALC), Wheel Control (AWC), and Engine Brake Control (AEB) . What sets this bike apart is its power-to-weight ratio. This allows it to impressively reach 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. You can also take to the track to experience its top speed of 191 miles per hour.
2/10 BMW S1000 RR – 300 km/h
Photo of a BMW S1000RR parked in a paddock
Although the BMW S1000 RR is not the fastest motorcycle on this list, it exceeds industry standards and deservedly takes its place on this list.. This light and nimble sports bike features a 999cc liquid-cooled engine with two-stage electronic fuel injection. What helps this bike perform better in the corners is the diagonal-mounted motor. This keeps the center of gravity lower. Offline, you can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 197.4 miles per hour. There’s an understated, sophisticated sophistication that comes with a BMW motorcycle, and you see it in this bike.
1/10 Kawasaki Ninja H2R – 249mph
2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R side profile studio photo
There was a time when the fastest motorcycle produced by Kawasaki was the ZX-14. The H2R makes the ZX-14 appear to be stationary. The H2R is the fastest production motorcycle on the market. However, it is a trail bike only. If you’re looking for a road-legal bike, the H2 is your bike. The H2R is powered by a 998cc supercharged four-stroke engine. Under the right conditions, a rider who knows what he’s doing can reach top speeds of 206 to 249 miles per hour with the 310 horsepower produced by this mighty engine. What helps the H2R stand out is the centrifugal compressor which produces less heat without sacrificing power output.