Long before shows like “American Chopper” and “Orange County Choppers” hit the airwaves these beastly bikes have captivated fans of speed, engineering and the open road.
Ever since the first bicycle was invented people have been striving to up the design and increase its speed. And when the first motorcycle arrived in 1885 the next bar was set. Now we’ve got bikes capable of speeds greater than the fastest sports cars!
So without further ado, check out some of the fastest motorcycles on the planet!
5 Fastest Choppers on the Planet:
1. Dodge Tomahawk
With a v-10 Viper engine, 500 horsepower and 525-pounds of torque, this isn’t just the fastest chopper on the planet but faster than the fastest car on the planet, the Bugatti Veyron. However, the fact that it’s not street legal in the US and there’s very limited production puts this bike in a gray area between concept and production.
2. Suzuki Hayabusa
The 1340cc, 197-hp, 4-cylinder, engine on this 6-speed Japanese powerhouse gives this motorcycle a top speed of 248mph! And it doesn’t hurt that this machine looks like a mechanized falcon, which is what Haybusa means in Japanese.
3. MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
This bike is the first motorcycle in the world to actually use a turbine engine, taken from a Rolls Royce Allison. The turbine gives this bad boy 425 pounds of torque and 320hp, allowing riders speeds of up to 227 mph.
4. Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird
Honda has done it again with their motorcycles! Speeds of up to 190mph can be achieved on this 1137-cc, 4-cylinder crotch rocket. You’ll think you’re riding the famed Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
5. Yamaha YZF R1
Another speed demon from Japan, this chopper features a liquid-cooled, parallel 4-cylinder engine with 20 valves and a 6-speed transmission. All of which allow this behemoth to get its rider up to speeds of 186mph!
These bikes were all designed to push the envelopes of speed and design while still being practical and available to the general public (with the exception of the Tomahawk). And even if you can’t get your hands on some of these incredible machines, as certain countries have limitations which make shipping a motorcycle overseas less practical, you can, hopefully, imagine yourself peeling across the pavement at these tremendous speeds.
On the other hand, if you’re now set on bringing one of these bikes to your door, here are some quick tips for shipping motorcycles overseas.