“Top 10 Fastest Motorcycles in the World – 2022 Edition”

Time flies, and so does speed. Since our last compilation in 2020, the motorcycle world has witnessed the arrival of new powerhouses like the Suzuki Hayabusa, BMW M1000RR, and the revamped Norton V4 SV. The debate over the fastest production bike is more relevant than ever, with contenders ranging from traditional heavyweights to cutting-edge electric superbikes.

Disclaimer: Pinpointing the absolute fastest production motorcycle remains elusive due to manufacturers’ reluctance to disclose top speed figures. Instead, our focus is on power-to-weight ratios, a crucial indicator of acceleration and potential top speed.

  1. Kawasaki Ninja H2/R
  • Claimed Peak Power: 322 bhp
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 193 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.585 bhp/kg

The reigning champion retains its title as the fastest production motorcycle globally. With an impressive power-to-weight ratio and a track-only ‘R’ version pushing boundaries, the Kawasaki Ninja H2/R remains the pinnacle of speed.

2. Ducati Panigale V4 R

  • Claimed Peak Power: 237 bhp
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 172 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.378 bhp/kg

Ducati’s WSB-homologation special, the Panigale V4 R, secures the second spot. With its MotoGP-inspired V4 engine, lightweight chassis, and advanced aerodynamics, it’s a force to be reckoned with on both the track and the road.

3. Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

  • Claimed Peak Power: 217 bhp
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 177 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.226 bhp/kg

Aprilia’s RSV4 1100 Factory, born from a lineage of power-packed sportsters, claims the third position. Its compact design, potent engine, and advanced electronics make it a standout choice for enthusiasts.

4. MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nürburgring

  • Claimed Peak Power: 215 bhp
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 177 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.214 bhp/kg

The MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nürburgring enters the scene with an intriguing combination of power and aesthetics. While untested, MV Agusta promises an extreme experience with its lightweight frame and robust engine.

5. BMW M1000RR

  • Claimed Peak Power: 212 bhp
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 175 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.211 bhp/kg

BMW’s M1000RR, a tuned and lightened version of its S1000RR, secures the fifth spot. While not a significant leap from its predecessor, the ‘M’ performance moniker adds an extra layer of refinement.

6. Honda Fireblade SP

  • Claimed Peak Power: 215 bhp
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 180 kg (approx.)
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.194 bhp/kg

Honda’s flagship superbike, the Fireblade SP, holds its ground with a potent engine and a design focused on track domination. The absence of official dry weight figures adds a touch of uncertainty.

7. MV Agusta Rush

  • Claimed Peak Power: 212 bhp
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 186 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 1.140 bhp/kg

MV Agusta’s limited edition Rush, based on the Brutale 1000, makes a bold entry with distinctive styling and formidable power. Limited to 300 units, it promises an exhilarating ride.

8. Norton V4 SV

  • Claimed Peak Power: 185 bhp
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 193 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 0.958 bhp/kg

Norton’s V4 SV takes a step forward from its controversial predecessor, offering a refined experience. Despite not claiming the top speed, Norton emphasizes luxury and performance.

9. Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

  • Claimed Peak Power: 187.4 bhp
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 221 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 0.874 bhp/kg

The legendary Hayabusa returns with a new look and modern features. While not the fastest, it retains its reputation for impressive acceleration and a thrilling riding experience.

10. Energica Ego+ RS

  • Claimed Peak Power: 171 bhp
  • Estimated Weight: 260 kg
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 0.656 bhp/kg

Representing the growing electric bike segment, the Energica Ego+ RS impresses with rapid acceleration. However, its weight and limited top speed highlight current challenges in the electric bike market.

In conclusion, the quest for the fastest motorcycle continues, showcasing a blend of traditional and innovative engineering. The rankings reflect a dynamic landscape where power, weight, and advanced technologies converge to define the ultimate riding experience.

[Original article by Phil West on Bennetts.co.uk: “What is the fastest motorcycle in the world?”]

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