Top Five Motorbikes in the World
(Saturday, 11 March 2017)
If you’ve always dreamed of riding the ultimate superbike, then you need to check out the top five motorbikes in the world. Ranked according to both top speed and power, these models are beautiful on the inside and out and they’re all road-legal. If you want to dream even bigger, an all-inclusive list would have featured the Kawasaki Ninja H2R in second place, limited to closed courses, and in first place, the Dodge Tomahawk concept bike. However, the following motorcycles have rightly earned their place in the top five.
5. Aprilia RSV4
Produced since 2008, the RSV4 is the Italian manufacturer’s flagship bike. Powered by a 999.6cc V4 engine, the RSV4 has secured numerous wins in the World Superbike Championship and the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with its top speed of 186mph. It reaches 60mph in 2.6 seconds and has over 200 horsepower. The most compact of the road-legal superbikes, the RSV4 has a UK list price of £19.999.
4. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
Known as the ZZR1400 until 2012, the Ninja ZX-14R is part of the extensive family of Ninja bikes produced by Kawasaki since 1984. The first model in the series, the GPZ900R or Ninja 900, is considered revolutionary and paved the way for all modern superbikes.
The Ninja ZX-14R reaches 60mph in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 186mph and 190 horsepower. It’s worth noting, however, that there is an electronic limiter on the top speed. The UK list price is £12,199.
3. Yamaha YZF R1
The 2015 R1 boasts 200 horsepower and reaches 60mph in 2.6 seconds. Top speed is officially 182mph but reports indicate it can reach 190mph. Like its predecessors, the current model has a 998cc, four-cylinder engine. UK list prices start at £15,599.
With the first generation released in 1998, the latest R1 saw many improvements including the Slide Control System. This regulates throttle during slides enabling easier navigation of corners. Inspired by MotoGP, the Slide Control System is one of the defining features of the 2015 model as it is the first production bike to include such a function.
2. Suzuki Hayabusa
Manufactured since 1999, the newest Hayabusa, also called the GSX1300R, has a top speed of 194mph. Its name is derived from the Japanese for peregrine falcon, a bird known for its speed. The Hayabusa reaches 60mph in 2.47 seconds with 194 horsepower. The four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine has a capacity of 1340cc. In the UK, list prices start at £11,499.
With its distinctive bodywork and easy to tune engine, the Hayabusa has become popular choice for customisation is possibly the most customised motorbike in the world. The Hayabusa has also gained attention for its use by police forces in the UK and USA.
1. MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike
The Y2K Superbike is the first turbine-powered road-legal production bike and it has been manufactured since 2000. The Y2K is unique as it is not mass-produced in batches but instead hand-built to individual order with improvements made each time.
The Y2K is powered by a Rolls-Royce Allison gas turbine engine that can reach 60mph in 2.5 seconds. Its staggering 420 horsepower takes it to a top speed of 227mph. Because the Y2K is built to order, cost varies, but the benchmark is US $150,000, which is around £125,000.
The world’s most powerful motorcycles understandably come with suitably eye watering price tags. However, you don’t have to buy a motorbike to ride one. With motorcycle gifts offered by many driving experience companies you can enjoy thrilling motorcycle rides on track days or road tours at a fraction of the cost of owning a superbike. Motorbike driving experiences make riding a motorcycle affordable and enjoyable with no commitment - it’s just you and the bike!