Motorcycle brands always push the limits of engineering and when technological advances on their design and performance take a leap forward, they usually originate from the racetrack. Racing is what pushes the development of better and faster motorcycles and it is their experience on the track that translates into the modern motorcycles we know today. However, certain distinctions between racing machines and street-legal motorcycles could sometimes be a really fine line. If you’re in the market for motorcycles that win races on Sunday and sell on Monday, we give you the top 5 fastest sportbikes you can own and are actually street legal — or have street-legal counterparts, in no particular order.
Aprilia RSV4 RR1000
Before Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo became big names in MotoGP, they started their careers racing 250cc Aprilia motorcycles winning Grand Prix Races in Italy. The RSV4 RR1000 is a motorcycle that’s bred by victories. It’s powered by a 999.6 cc liquid-cooled, four-cylinder 65-degree V4 engine. It churns out 201 hp at 13,000 RPM with 115 Nm of torque at 10,500 RPM and is capable of hitting 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. In the straights, the RSV4 can reach top speeds of up to 290 km/h, that’s if you have the proper skills and courage for it. You can own this exotic Italian piece of machinery for P1,850,000.
Since the model debuted in 1998, the YZF-R1 saw constant improvement for each new generation that came out, thanks to the championship victories brought by two of their most successful racers, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Their experiences in the track led to the current generation of the YZF-R1. Powered by a 998 cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel 4-cylinder engine, it’s capable of churning out 200 hp and 112 Nm of torque. The YZF-R1 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds, just about 0.1 seconds faster than Rossi and Lorenzo’s old team’s RSV4. In the straights, the Yamaha YZF-R1 is capable of reaching speeds topping at 299 km/h, which is a little more than the RSV4. You can buy this MotoGP-inspired winning machine for P1,099,000.
BMW HP4 Race 1000
BMW prides itself on introducing the HP4 Race 1000 as the first stock motorcycle in the world to have a full carbon chassis and rims shedding a considerable amount of weight to only 146 kg. The HP4 is powered by a 999 cc 4-cylinder engine churning out a hefty 215 hp and 120 Nm of torque that’s capable of propelling the motorcycle to accelerate from 0-100 at only 2.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 348 km/h. The only catch is, it has a very limited production run of only up to 750 units, and it’s not even street-legal. This track exclusive racing motorcycle is priced at P6,300,000 if you’re lucky enough to have one available in the showroom. For the “less fortunate” ones, you can get a more “tamed” version of a sportbike with the S1000RR for P1,380,000, which is the flagship supersport motorcycle of BMW which can still give you a top speed of 303 km/h and it is street-legal.
Ducati Superleggera V4
The Ducati Superleggera V4 is based on the same Panigale V4 that Chaz Davies and Scott Redding use in the World Superbike Championship. However, the Superleggera uses different types of carbon, titanium, and aluminum for the lightest components for an incredible power to weight ratio of 1.54 hp/kg. Its Desmodici Stradale 90-degree V4 engine is capable of churning out 224 hp and 116 Nm of torque. If fitted with a Ducati racing kit and Akrapovic exhaust system, its power figures would go up to 234 hp and shed almost 7kg of its weight to only 152.2 kg. The Superleggera V4 is capable of reaching top speeds of up to 306 kph and its carbon fiber winglets on its fairings are there to make sure the motorcycle gets enough downforce at high speeds.
However, if money isn’t a problem, getting a hold of this motorcycle would still need a little bit of luck as Ducati only produced a very limited number of Superleggera V4’s to only 5,000 units. If you do belong to the lucky ones, they would cost you P8,000,000.
Kawasaki Ninja H2
Kawasaki is one of the Japanese motorcycle brands that have the most sportbikes within their lineup. In 2010, the Kawasaki team of Frenchmen Gregory Leblanc, Olivier Four, and Julien Da Costa won one of the most grueling endurance races, The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kawasaki happens to produce one of the fastest production bikes in the world, the Kawasaki Ninja H2. Considered by Kawasaki as part of its line of “hypersport motorcycles”, the Ninja H2 is powered by a supercharged 998 cc with a two-speed centrifugal inline-4 DOHC engine that’s capable of churning up 197 hp and 134 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds. In a straight, the Ninja H2 can reach a top speed of up to 331 km/h making it the fastest street-legal motorcycle in the world that you can own. The Ninja H2 can be yours for P1,500,000 for the ABS base variant and P1,640,000 for the carbon variant.
However, if you’re feeling lucky, its track exclusive limited and lighter version, the Ninja H2R, can go even faster and reach a top speed of 400 km/h. That currently makes it the fastest motorcycle in the world. However, they already stopped taking orders from their website. So we guess you’re out of luck.