Motorcycles have had mass appeal to the general public for roughly a century and a half but also a controversial, complicated and constantly evolving topic. This powerful list is intended to be a guide as to what bike brands are currently the most popular in the world.
1. Ducati 1098S
From the moment you start up the Ducati 1098S, you realize it’s not like other bikes: between the chug-a-lug of its torquey twin as it idles and the roar of its rev, this engine screams to the bike’s sporting nature. Ducati 1098S is a beautifully thrilling ride for speed-hungry adrenaline junkies. If you’ve got $20,000 to spend on a sportbike, the Ducati 1098S is a great way to taste the racetrack on public roads.
2. MV Agusta F4 1000 R
The only bike that sounds like Ferrari. Every single piece of it is made perfect! Never Ever will you find a Japanese bike with so much quality parts and eye for details. The under seat exhaust is way better shielded than the Yamaha R1 which is unbearably hot, and the engine doesn’t heat that much either on the new F4. People behind it have always wanted the F4 to be the best, the fastest, and the most desirable object in motorcycling. It has been all of those things at various stages of its lifespan.
3. Yamaha YZF R1
First of all, wow. Other than the mirrors being way too short to be useful, we can’t find any faults with this bike. It’s so far beyond our skill levels, that we couldn’t find anything this bike didn’t do very well. It has a 998-cc liquid cooled, fuel injected engine. The transmission is a six-speed with a slipper clutch. The whole bike weighs 454 pounds with a full tank (4.8 gallons) of gas. Here’s the part that is hard to grasp; it makes a claimed 182 crankshaft horsepower. Yes, it has wonderful brakes and suspension, with titanium parts and a fly by wire throttle, but it can accelerate fast enough to give most riders brain blur.
4. Suzuki GSX-R1000
There’s a number of reasons why these tiny 1000cc inline fours enter your bloodstream so easily. There’s the near-200 bhp power output, of course. They appeal to male riders in the same way as Carmen Electra and personally, they look better than the lap-dancing-to-stay-fit diva on any day. All-new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000. With a more powerful, cleaner-running engine. A more nimble chassis and more responsive suspension. In a more compact and lighter package. Wrapped with an edgy new look. All delivering a renewed invitation for riders worldwide: Own The Racetrack.
5. BMW K 1200S
The K 1200 S was designed as a sports bike and is a completely separate motorcycle within the K family. It is radically new, featuring an unprecedented number of innovations. It is a high-precision sports bike offering unique agility as well as enormous output. Its power to weight ratio is on the level with the competition and almost 50 percent better than the K 1200 RS, thus leaving no wishes unfulfilled with regard to riding performance.
6. Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird
In motorcycling as in boxing, the unexpected moves are sometimes the most effective. HONDA, successful for more several decades with reliable, durable and, well… sensible motorcycles, has unleashed a most unexpected performance vehicle into the hands of sporting enthusiasts the world over. And they are with this missile calling it the Blackbird. Appropriate, really, as the Blackbird most of us think of was a Mac 3 spy plane operated by the US Air Force.
7. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11/ZZ-R1100
Sometime in the early-1990s, a road test report of the Kawasaki ZZR1100 (called the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 in the American market) in the American magazine Cycle World, said that it was like ‘riding the blast wave of an endless explosion.’ And indeed, with a claimed 145 horsepower on tap, the ZZR1100 was capable of doing the quarter mile run in 10.25 seconds and would hit top speeds of close to 280km/h. Of course, even that was not enough for some, who’d fit a turbocharger to the bike for even more performance.
8. Suzuki Hayabusa
A machine like this simply needs no presentation as the name says it all. It was the fastest production bike ever made before Kawasaki gave an answer to it in the form of the ZX-12R back in 2000 and it would still be that today if it wasn’t for the 186mph limitation that followed. Also, this is probably the most highly worked on and modified motorcycle ever as all the outrageous modification that passed through tuners minds would have first found their place on the Busa and then on smaller bikes.
9. MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K
After developing the first turbine-powered outboard sanctioned by the US military and the RetroROCKET, MTT produced not only the first turbine-powered street legal motorcycle but also the most powerful production bike in the world: the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE. Powered by a Rolls Royce-Allison gas turbine engine, the Turbine SUPERBIKE has demonstrated over 320-hp and 425-ft/lbs of torque on the Dyne Jet 200 and has been clocked at a record-breaking 227-mph.
10. Dodge Tomahawk
Into high dollar bikes? Into high speed? Into superbikes? Well, then the Dodge Tomahawk just might be your baby, if you think you can handle it. The most expensive bike in production, the Dodge Tomahawk is the ultimate in motorcycle technology. This beast will cost you $250,000, and since production is limited to a few hundred models, you better place your order YESTERDAY if you even want to see one in real life! This monster is power hungry, no doubt about that. The 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine powering the dual rear wheels gives this radical vehicle a potential top speed of nearly 400 miles per hour – for anyone who wants to test it.