Speed isn’t always the priority for those shopping for a new motorcycle. However, for some riders, speed and performance is the lifeblood of their motorcycle riding passions. They live for the roar of the engine when you twist the throttle. Their heart beats faster as the speedometer climbs, the wind whips around them, and they feel the pure mechanical power beneath them. The adrenaline pumps through their veins as they tuck down to the tank and become one with the bike. These 10 motorcycles make it possible for anyone to experience what it’s like to be a master of mechanical and engineering excellence. These ten motorcycles are the fastest production motorcycles of 2022.
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10/10 Zero SR/F – 124 mph
Studio shot of Zero SR/F
When electric motorcycles first hit the streets, they were not given much respect or consideration by riders. However, they have quietly improved in shadows to become a speed force to be reckoned with. With consistent track performance and a more affordable price point, the Zero SR/F is a bike worthy of this list. Its top speed is 124 miles per hour, which may not seem impressive. However, it can achieve 0-60 in 3.7 seconds in real-world tests. Plus, let’s not forget that it can charge 95% in 60 minutes. This bike is fast in performance and charge time.
9/10 MV Agusta F4 – 185 mph
The F4 1000 R was the world’s fastest 1000cc motorcycle in 2006
With a top speed of 185 miles per hour, the MV Agusta F4 is another 1000cc liter bike that exhibits raw power. What makes this bike stand out is its handling. Even at top speeds, the bike leans and corners like it’s on rails. The lightweight crankshaft and stroke motor keep the overall weight down. The result is the bike’s ability to rocket from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. With this power level, MV Agusta understands that not everyone is prepared to handle this level of performance. The built-in eight-level traction control helps you tame this wild pony. After all, a max power of 174 horsepower at 10,000 RPM is plenty of power to help you wild and out on the street or track.
8/10 Suzuki Hayabusa – 185 mph
Only 100 units of the Hayabusa Bol d’Or edition will go on sale
The Hayabusa is the bike that sparked a speed war and subsequent Gentlemen’s Agreement. Upon hitting the streets in 1999, the Hayabusa hit speed records riders previously never even dreamed of. The bike may be one of the ugliest bikes on the road, but this list isn’t about looks; it’s about performance. Helping the Suzuki Hayabusa be one of the kings of speed is the 1340cc four-cylinder engine. Since its introduction in 1999, horsepower has increased by 12 horsepower. It can rocket from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. However, it does comply with the Gentleman’s Agreement. A limiter stops you at 185 miles per hour.
7/10 Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP – 186 mph
Stock image of a Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP facing right on a white background.
When the Fireblade hit the market 30 years ago, it rocked everyone’s world. The latest CBR 10000RR-R Fireblade SP has an overhauled engine for maximum velocity and midrange performance. It is a 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with dual-stage injection. The engineers also tuned the bike in accordance with HSTC calibration data from the racers on Honda superbikes. This gives the bike a strong punch out of the slow corners and stronger mid-range power. Thanks to all the tuning and tweaking, the Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP hits 0-60 in 3.13 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 186 miles per hour.
6/10 Ducati Panigale V4 R – 186 mph
Side profile shot of a red Ducati Panigale V4R
The Ducati Panigale V4 R is a bike developed from Ducati’s entrant for the 2019 World Superbike. It features classic sport fairings in the iconic Ducati red. You will 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 option race package that increases the engine’s horsepower. In the right conditions, the Panigale V4 R beats out other bikes on this list by achieving 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. However, it does come with the industry standard electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.
5/10 Yamaha YZF-R1M – 186 mph
A static front 3/4 shot of a 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1M on track
With a 998cc liquid-cooled engine, the YZF-R1M is a powerful superbike. We have the MotoGP to thank for the impressive performance technology and ability this bike possesses. Everything from the brakes and tires to the GPS data logging from Yamaha’s MotoGP program. The engine has a high-performance intake system, titanium exhaust system, compact stacked transmission, refined rocker arm valvetrain, and high output technology. Engineers took information from the world’s top riders on the most challenging race circuits. The result is a bike that’s capable of achieving 186 miles per hour and can get from 0-60 in 2.64 seconds.
4/10 Kawasaki ZX-14 – 186 mph
Stock studio image of a black and green 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R sport bike motorcycle facing right on a white background.
Known as the quarter-mile king, the Kawasaki ZX-14 is the long-time rival of the Suzuki Hayabusa. Obviously, it pummels the Hayabusa when it comes to looks, with its bold four-headlight design and wind-sculpted fairings. However, it’s what powers this bike that makes your heart race. The 1,441cc engine is powerful enough to rocket the bike from 0-60 in 2.85 seconds. Thanks to the Gentlemen’s Agreement, the ZX-14’s top speed is 186 miles per hour. However, remove the limiter, and the rumor is that you can easily reach over 200 miles per hour. Thankfully it comes with rider-assist technology like Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode, and ABS.
3/10 Aprilia RSV4 – 191 mph
Side profile shot of the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory
The elegant styling of this bike can distract you from its performance abilities. The Aprilia RSV4 used to have a 1077cc engine but now has a 1099cc liquid-cooled DOHC 65-degree engine. There are six riding modes to choose from. There are three restrained modes for the street and three track modes for when you’re ready to see what this bike can really do. Plus, there’s a laundry list of fancy performance features that include things like traction control (ATC), launch control (ALC), wheelie control (AWC), and engine brake control (AEB). What makes this bike a standout is its power-to-weight ratio. This enables it to impressively get to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. You can also hit the track to experience its top speed of 191 miles per hour.
2/10 BMW S1000 RR – 197.4 mph
Shot of a BMW S1000RR parked on a paddock
While the BMW S1000 RR isn’t the fastest bike on this list, it flies past the industry standards and rightfully takes its place on this list. This light and nimble sport bike comes with a 999cc liquid-cooled engine with dual-stage electronic fuel injection. What helps this bike perform better through the curves is the diagonally mounted engine. This keeps the center of gravity lower. Off the line, you can get to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 197.4 miles per hour. There is a restrained and sophisticated refinement that comes with a BMW motorcycle, and you see it in this bike.
1/10 Kawasaki Ninja H2R – 249 mph
Side profile studio shot of the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
There was a time when the fastest motorcycle Kawasaki produced was the ZX-14. The H2R makes the ZX-14 look like it is standing still. The H2R is the fastest production motorcycle on the market. However, it is a track-only bike. If you are looking for a street-legal motorcycle, the H2 is your bike. Powering the H2R is a 998cc supercharged four-stroke engine. In the right conditions, a rider who knows what they are doing can hit top speeds of 206 to 249 miles per hour with the 310 horsepower this powerful engine produces. What helps the H2R stand out is the centrifugal supercharger that produces less heat without sacrificing power production.