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What Motorcycle Is the Fastest in the World?

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10. Norton V4 RR

  • Claimed peak power: 200 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 179 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.117 bhp/kg

The Norton V4, which was "released" in 2017, is undeniably mired in controversy, but this week's reports that new owners TVS are looking for production workers, the fact that it is still available for order, and the performance it promises necessitate its inclusion in our list. The pertinent figures are a stated 200 bhp from its 1200cc, 72-degree, home-built V4 and a dry weight of 179 kg from its aluminum tube frame and bicycle components, including Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes, among others. Just when you might be able to obtain one is unknown to us.

9. 2020 MV Agusta Rush

  • Claimed peak power: 208 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 186 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.118 bhp/kg

All this COVID-19 nonsense has delayed the arrival of yet another new bike, but it should be worth the wait. The concept bike-inspired roadster Rush, which is based on the Brutale 1000, will now begin deliveries in June, according to MV's announcement made this week. Because Rush is so outrageous and powerful, it had to be included here. To go with its peculiar aesthetics, dual pipes, and £29,680 price, MV boasts 205 bhp from its 998cc four (208 with race pipe), a dry weight of 186kg, and a top speed of "beyond 300 kph" (if you can hang on).

8. 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

  • Claimed peak power: 212 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 184 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.152 bhp/kg

Yes, here's another from MV, and this one deserves a little more attention. This first, limited-edition "Serie Oro" version of the Italian company's Brutale 1000 RR boasts four additional horsepower (thanks to a new exhaust and ECU) and reduced weight (thanks to its carbon fiber wheels), making it, according to MV, "the fastest naked bike in the world." It costs a similarly astounding £38,000.

7. Suzuki GSX-R1000

  • Claimed peak power: 199.2 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 171.1 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.164 bhp/kg

We wanted to include another Japanese superbike for comparison with the new Fireblade, but it's challenging to be sure about the ZX-10R and R1M as their dry weight figures aren't available. Oddly, just about the only bike from our previous "Top 10 Fastest" has survived, though that's mostly because it alone has barely changed. The variable valve timing Suzuki sports flagship has risen a little, but that's mainly because we limited our choices to bikes that are currently on the market and excluded earlier oddballs like the MTT Y2K turbine bike and the old PGM V8.

6. BMW S1000RR M Sport

  • Claimed peak power: 207 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 173.3 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.194 bhp/kg

a bike that exemplifies the impact a few years can make. The "vintage" S1000RR wasn't even mentioned here, despite being a monster performer with 199 horsepower and ranking 10th on our last "fastest" list. However, its brand-new replacement is not only far faster, but also more powerful, sophisticated, nimble, and rideable. The comparable figures in M Sport trim are 207 horsepower and 173.3 kg, respectively. However, this also results in a starting price of £19,995.

5. 2020 Honda Fireblade SP

  • Claimed peak power: 215 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 180 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.194 bhp/kg

This one is difficult to be certain of because no official dry weight numbers have been given, so we've had to make an educated guess. The dry SP will only weigh at most 180kg, based on a claimed curb weight of 201.3kg and a 16-liter fuel tank weighing roughly 12kg. This, along with its 215 horsepower output, places it in the S1000RR MSport zone, which is probably about reasonable given that this is the most potent, extreme, and track-oriented Fireblade ever made and one that was created particularly to win the World Snooker Championship. However, it might even be better.

4. Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

  • Claimed peak power: 217 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 177 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.226 bhp/kg

It's been a while since Aprilia's first RSV4 1000, which was a revolutionary, powerful, compact, and heavily equipped with electronics (it was released in 2010 after all), was competitive at the world superbike level, which is why in 2019, they upgraded it into 1100cc form using the larger engine from the 1100 Tuono. Although not WSB-compliant, the outcome is just amazing, especially in top-of-the-line "factory" form. The engine is strong and grunty, and the vehicle handles beautifully thanks to its small frame, smart electronics, and high-quality cycle parts. It won't fit larger riders because of its proportions, but if it does, there aren't many finer road Sportster.

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3. Ducati Panigale V4 R

  • Claimed peak power: 221 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 172 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.285 bhp/kg

The amazing, brand-new V4 superbike from Ducati, which has received WSB homologation but is still legal for use on public roads, debuted last year and promptly destroyed everyone in its path, taking the BSB title with Scott Redding. (Perhaps it ought to have done the same in WSB as well, but that's a different story.) Simply put, it has everything: a MotoGP-inspired V4 that produces monster power (up from the S's 214), an ultra-lightweight monocoque chassis, the greatest cycle parts, world-first "aero" assistance, plenty of exotic Italian styling and poster appeal, and a price tag of £34,995 to match.

2. Ducati Superleggera V4

  • Claimed peak power: 234 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 152.2 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.537 bhp/kg

When you thought the incredible Panigale V4 R (see above) was the most exotic and powerful Ducati yet, the Bolognese company announced its most exotic and powerful bike yet for 2020. With a whopping 234 bhp (with race exhaust) and just 152.2 kg dry weight thanks to its generous use of carbon fiber, Ducati's limited edition, "superlight" versions of its flagship superbike are known as "Superleggera." It is unquestionably their most powerful and lightest model yet. It is also their most costly, coming in at €100,000 (£84,000). Why don't they compete in WSB racing? Not at all. The class's price cap is €40,000 (£35,000), which also explains why the V4 R is so expensive.

1. Kawasaki Ninja H2/R

  • Claimed peak power: 322 bhp
  • Estimated dry weight: 193 kg
  • Power/weight: 1.585 bhp/kg

Long live the king, for the king is dead. Although the opposition is gaining ground, the amazing, £49,000 supercharged H2/R is still in first place today, just. Kawasaki set out to create the most potent production tool in the world, and it succeeded. The Kawasaki is said to produce a whopping 306 horsepower in its "R" trim, which increases to 322 horsepower when Ram Air is used. This, together with a lightweight, tubular steel trellis chassis, is what keeps it in the first place (albeit that 193-kg dry figure is an estimate based on its official 216-kg wet figure). If you want to argue about its legality, the H2 Carbon, which costs £28,500 and is road legal, has 240 horsepower but weighs an estimated 215 kilograms dry.


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