For years, there was no point to making a list of the fastest motorcycles. Bike makers agreed to limit speeds at 186 miles per hour in order to escape the wrath of safety regulators from Japan to both sides of the Atlantic. As a result, only a few manufacturers pushed the limits while the rest offered minor upgrades or track-only extras to increase a bike’s power.
Then BMW blew up the agreement (circa 2010), and superbike manufacturers stopped being conservative. Within a few years, they were hitting top speeds that embarrassed the old limits, with several topping 200 miles per hour. Even an electric bike company delivered an emissions-free motorcycle that competed for the world’s top speed. In other words, all bets are off in 2017. Here are the 10 fastest motorcycles on the road.
10. Aprilia RSV4 RF
Top speed: 185 mph
There’s no reason to question the capabilities of a five-time World Superbike Championship winner. The Aprilia RSV4 received an upgrade in muscle for its most recent model, setting the power at 201 horses and 85 pound-feet of torque. With a dry weight of 397 pounds, there’s a lethal amount of power on tap. Reviewers who blasted down the track in a factory RSV4 reported no trouble hitting the mark of 185 mph, and this one is even faster.