Top 20 fastest production motorcycles from the past decade (Part I)
Motorcycles are amazingly two wheel machines. It can provide an astonishing thrill combined with fuel economy, and a free pass ticket for the traffic jams. The past decade was a prolific period of this kind of two-wheelers, and that’s why we decide to create the “Top 20 fastest production motorcycles”. Today you will find the bikes that occupy places from 20 to 11 in our top. Enjoy reading.
20. 2007 Martin Conquest 1200R
This bike was developed as an answer for Alan Martin’s son’s problem. After he was involved in a terrific accident, his son was left in wheelchair, and that’s why we had the chance to see this amazing motorcycle. It features a unique exterior design borrowed from a BMW R1200. Because the driver couldn’t use its feet to switch gears, Martin developed an F1-inspired butonshift attached to the left-hand bar. Beneath the Martin Conquest 1200R is a 1.150 cc 2 cylinder engine. It can develop 83 horsepower at 6.750 rpm and a maximum torque of 97.6 Nm at 5.250 rpm. According to the manufacturer, the Martin Conquest 1200R had a top speed of 100 mph.
19. 2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Nightrod
For many years, Harley-Davidson developed uber-cruisers powered by gigantic V-twin engines. But in 2001, Buell subsidiary decided to create a unique motorcycle. Its name: VRSCA V-Rod. But six years after that, the Milwaukee manufacturer unveiled the VRSCDX Nightrod. It features a V2 1.130 cc engine with a compression ratio of 11.3:1. It can develop 121 horsepower at 8.400 rpm and 108 Nm peak of torque at 7.000 rpm. Under these conditions, the Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Nightrod is having a top speed of 140 mph. More than that, the bike features black wheels, black frame, black machine-slotted wheels and black motor (only the brushed shotgun end cans) and 49 mm custom forks. According to some owners, this bike won’t go like hell in corners but it still handles extremely well for a big cruiser.
18. 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa
This very famous bike was first seen as a concept in 2002. Buoyed by the public feedback to the unusual design, Ivano Beggio, company president, announced that the concept will go into the assembly line. The Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa uses a V2 Cylinder 1.225 cc with a compression ratio of 11.6:1. It can deliver 128 horsepower at 8.000 rpm and 110 Nm peak of torque at 6.200 rpm. The maximum speed was clocked at 155 mph and it had a dry weight of 192 kilograms. Unfortunately, this bike was not road legal. It only could be used on tracks and competitions. But Moto Guzzi president also developed a road going version which never saw the green light.
17. 2004 Aprilia RSV-R Nera
The 2004 Aprilia RSV-R Nera is a bike with futuristic and aggressive styling. According to the Italian manufacturer, the design was heavily influenced by F117 Stealth Fighter. The RSV-R Nera was produced in a worldwide limited edition of just 200 individually numbered units. Described as a “motorcycle for the elite” it was powered by a 997 cc four stroke longitudinal 60 degrees v=twin engine. More than that, the motor featured molybdenum disulphide coated pistons and a pair of lightweight magnesium head covers. It can offer 141 horsepower at 10.000 rpm and 107 Nm peak of torque at 7.750 rpm. As a result, the 2004 Aprilia RSV-R Nera had a top speed of 160 mph.
Furthermore, the Italian bike featured Ohlins suspension and a braking system signed by Brembo. The RSV-R Nera was a part of the Aprilia Dream Series and each buyer received a collection of goodies just to remind them how special they are.
16. 2005 Bimota SB8K Santamonica
We want you to remind that a 2005 Bimota SB8K Santamonica bike was a very expensive bike. At almost 33.500 Euros you could fill your garage with a Honda Fireblade, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and an Aprilia RSV1000R and still have enough money to buy an entire bike suit. The 2005 Bimota SB8K Santamonica is powered by a 996 cc V2 engine with a compression ratio of 11.3:1. It can offer 142 horsepower at 9.750 rpm and 105.5 Nm peak of torque at 8.750 rpm. More than that, the Italian bike had a weight of 175 kilograms. Under these conditions, the bike had a top speed of 165 mph. Not so much compared to other bikes that cost more than 30.000 Euros. On the outside, you can see a full Ohlins suspension, six spoke gold OZ wheels and braking discs signed by Brembo.
15. 2004 Mondial Piega Evo
The Mondial bike manufacturer was founded in Bologna, Italy in 1929 by aristocratic Boselli family as a producer of commercial vehicles. But after the WWII, Giuseppe Boselli met Alfonso Drusiani and decided to develop motorbikes. Its first products were successful ones. In few years, Boselli motorcycles managed to won ten World Championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes. But the Piega Evo is a special bike. It is a road-going version of the SP-1 racer. It features a revised mapping for more power and a lot of exterior modifications. The 2004 Mondial Piega Evo is powered by a 999 cc V2 engine with a compression ratio of 10.8:1. It can deliver 140 horsepower at 9.800 rpm and 100 Nm peak of torque at 8.000 rpm. Under these conditions, the top speed of the Italian bike is clocked at 165 mph. Furthermore, the motorcycle featured Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes while the bodywork was sculpted by Carbon Dream company.
14. 2005 Petronas FP1
Carl Fogarty is a motorcycle legend. He set a lap record of the Isle of Man TT track and won fifty-nine superbike races, four World Championships. After its driver career, he wanted to develop its own bike and this is how Foggy Petronas Racing was born. Its first project was named FP1 and was create to compete in the World Superbike Championship. The 2005 Petronas FP1 was powered by a Suter-developed 899 cc reverse parallel triple engine that was able to deliver 127 horsepower at 10.000 rpm and 92 Nm peak of torque at 9.700 rpm. This amount of power was enough to launch the Petronas FP1 to a top speed of 165 mph. In order to achieve the FIM license, Petronas had do produce at least 150 road-legal units. Sadly neither the road or race versions of the FP1 have been allowed to reach their full potential. After five years of trying, Foggy Petronas Racing closed its doors at the end of the 2006 World Superbike season.
13. 2006 Triumph Daytona 995i
Just like any other British bike, the Triumph Daytona 995i was exciting and full of muscles. The Triumph board wanted to create a special bike which was very close to the traditional ideals of native bike building but it didn’t seem to hit the spot. After the launch in 2006, the Daytona 995i was described as a competent superbike capable of offering its rider an exciting and exhilarating experience on the open road or on the track. The 2006 Triumph Daytona 995i was powered by a 995 cc reverse parallel triple engine which offered 149 horsepower at 10.700 rpm and 100 Nm peak of torque at 8.200 rpm. This amount of power was enough to launch the Daytona 995i to a top speed of 170 mph.
12. 2007 Benelli Tornado TRE1130
Benelli is another great name in the motorcycles business that has fought hard for its own survival. The company was founded in 1911 by Signora Teresa Benelli. In 1930s the Benelli products managed to win several important races including the Isle of Man TT. Innovation returned to the factory in 2002 with the launch of the TNT streetbike and the unique Tornado. The latter one was powered by an 1130 cc engine. It could offer 163 horsepower at 10.500 rpm and 124 Nm peak of torque at 8.000 rpm. Under these conditions, the bike was able to achieve a top speed of 175 mph. Furthermore, the 2007 Benelli Tornado TRE1130 featured an aggressive and sporty look with its air intakes and the vertically stacked headlights.
11. 2006 BMW K1200R
With the 2006 BMW K1200R we reached to the end of the first part of our top 20 fastest production motorcycles from the past decade. According to owners this was the ideal bike for an extended European tour but not the most inspiring option for attacking the alpine passes. The 2006 BMW K1200R was powered by a 1.157 cc DOHC transverse inline four cylinder unit. It was able to deliver 167 horsepower at 10.250 rpm and 130 Nm peak of torque at 8.250 rpm. As a result, the German bike was able to reach a top speed of 175 mph while the sprint from stand still to 100 km/h was done in around 2.8 seconds. Pretty impressive I could say. But the innovation doesn’t end here. The Bavarian bike featured a unique suspension system while the rear featured a new, lighter, stronger, single-sided version of the Evo-Paralever shaft drive. As if all of this is not enough, the K1200R featured the ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) system which allowed the driver to alter suspension settings with just a push of a button.