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Trade BRAAPs for Zaps with the Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

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At the 2019 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda released their CR Electric dirt bike concept. It’s taken several names since then, but a promising sign is that it hasn’t gone away yet.

In numerous YouTube videos, you can get a glimpse of the Honda CR Electric dirt bike in action, but we wanted to take a closer look at what to expect. Let’s see how the electric Honda dirt bike stacks up and the performance it offers.

Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

Before we dive into the specs, it makes sense for you to see it run. Here is one of the YouTube videos that show what this electrified dirt bike is capable of.

Future of Electric Dirt Bikes

While the electric dirt bike market isn’t overflowing with enthusiasts, there is a market for these bikes. Honda needs to get into the field while there isn’t a lot of competition to truly make their mark.

Over the next few years, we anticipate many other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and some of the European ones as well will release their best try at an electric dirt bike. We will see Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki release their ideas very soon.

In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that The Big Four announced their plans to work together on producing an electric motorcycle battery. They also plan to collaborate on a standard charging system. With them working together, the consumer ends up winning.

Who will win our attention?

Who will be the first to win the consumer’s loyalty? Likely it will be whoever produces the best equipment first. A few years ago, Kawasaki filed a patent for a swappable battery pack for an electric Ninja. Even Harley is planning a light electric dirt bike according to those in the know.

These are all promising endeavors, but we’re convinced that the future of electric motorcycles will start in electric dirt bikes, not electric road bikes. Why? These bikes have to stand up to the rigors of off-roading: jumps, mud, water, and all manner of impacts with anything from rocks to sticks to other bikes.

Designing an electric powertrain that can withstand all those challenges and still compete with the best gas-powered dirt bikes is a huge challenge, and if an OEM can manage it, road bikes should be a comparative walk in the park.

It’s all up to the market, though. Will motocrossers and trail riders give up their BRAAPS for zaps?

Would you ride an electric dirt bike?

What are your thoughts on the future of electric dirt bikes? Would you ride the Honda CR Electric concept or will you hold out for another option? Let us know your thoughts.

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Suzuki Dirt Bikes: Which Size Type Is Best For You?

Looking for a Suzuki dirt bike but not sure which one is best for you? Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first dirt bike or just want to upgrade, you’re in the right place!

In this article, you’ll learn what dirt bike models Suzuki has available, why each type of bike may or may not work well for you, and how to choose the best dirt bike based on your specific needs – such as size and budget!

Does Suzuki still make dirt bikes?

Yes, they’re still one of the top dirt bike brands still available, but they’re slowly losing ground to the other hardcore companies. They have the least amount of off-road dirt bikes available as of now.

With that said, the dirt bikes that they still make are good quality and reliable. Most of them just aren’t the top performers in their class. I’ll cover the best used Suzuki dirt bikes that are discontinued later in this article.

How to pick the right dirt bike for you

A huge mistake that people make when buying their first dirt bike or if they’re just getting back into riding off-road is choosing the wrong type of dirt bike. They think that a 250cc MX bike is easy to handle because it’s only a 250, but they’re tall and have more power than you’d think.

Or even worse, starting on a 450 if you’re a beginner, which is why you might see quite a few 450’s for sale with only a few hours on them being sold by a 55 year old guy – they whiskey-throttled it once and found that it has way too much power for them!

The 3 main types of Suzuki dirt bikes

If you’re a beginner and you just want to ride off-road, then the best dirt bike for you is a trail bike. They’re the most popular because they’re more affordable, easier to ride, and cheaper to maintain because they’re not as complicated as a high-tech dirt bike.

To legally ride on the road and off-road on the same dirt bike, you’ll need a dual sport motorcycle. They’re also called street-legal dirt bikes, and they’re great if you need a bike that can do just about everything.

However, they are definitely a compromise when it comes to performance and handling – A dual sport is not great at trail riding due to the extra weight, but it’s not quite as stable as a full street bike. If you can live with that, then a dual sport will work great for you!

The 3rd type of Suzuki dirt bike is the motocross bike, and these are only good if you need a race bike. Suzuki MX bikes, like other brands, have much stiffer suspension and snappy power curves for racing on motocross tracks.

In other words, if you’re a beginner, it’s going to be much harder to control a motocross bike if you’re riding on trails because the bumps will feel harsh and you’re more likely to wheelie into a tree and get hurt – which I DON’T want you to do!

You may be wondering why I didn’t mention any Suzuki enduro bikes. Well, that’s because Suzuki doesn’t currently make any off-road enduro motorcycles, unfortunately.

A modern enduro bike is basically a high-performance trail bike, so it’s not the same as an enduro bike from the 70s.

What’s the right size dirt bike for your height?

If you’re short or just want to have the right size dirt bike for your height so that you have more confidence, then it’s important to know which Suzuki dirt bikes will fit you best, or else you’ll be falling every time you come to a stop because you can’t put your foot down.

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This sizing chart below is a good starting point for what size dirt bike you need based on your height or age:

It’s a 3-speed semi-automatic, so you can learn how to shift gears but there’s no clutch to learn. This Suzuki DRZ 50 also comes with a backup kick starter in case the battery goes dead.

It’s a great size for kids ages 3-7 years old, depending on their height and inseam length. If this 50cc dirt bike is too big, then you’ll want to start on a balance bike for kids.

125cc trail bike for teens, girls, and short adults

Moving up to the DRZ125L, this trail bike is a great starter bike for adults, teens, or any short rider that wants to learn how to ride with a clutch. With a 31.7-inch seat height, DRZ 125L big wheel is a good size if you’re 5’0″-5’4″ tall, but it also depends on your inseam length.

The low seat height builds your confidence because you can touch the ground more easily, and the smooth power is forgiving and helps you FOCUS more on learning the fundamental riding techniques rather than worrying about controlling too much power.

With smooth power and a 5-speed manual clutch, it’s easy enough for beginners to ride, and is surprisingly capable in the tight woods if you’re an experienced rider. The suspension is pretty soft, so you’ll bottom it out often if you’re riding aggressively or weigh over 150 lbs.

Suzuki motocross bikes for racing

There used to be quite a few options for Suzuki motocross bikes, but now you only get 3 options. The RM lineup is nice and simple, but it really hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years.

They’re still solid race bikes and are plenty fast if you’re just an average racer. They’re also noticeably cheaper than other brands, which is great if you’re on a budget but still want a brand-new dirt bike that won’t have any problems right away.These are the current Suzuki dirt bikes for motocross racing:

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The RM85 Is an 85cc 2 stroke race bike for kids aged 11-15. it’s made for racing in the mini bike class with 17/14″ wheels, but it can also be turned into a supermini which allows you to run a 112cc engine with 19/16″ wheels tires.

If you’re looking for your first dirt bike, the Suzuki RM 85 is not a good bike to start on because the powerband is snappy and not very forgiving. This makes it harder to learn how to use the clutch, so you’re more likely to stall it or lose control and whiskey-throttle, causing the bike to launch forward or loop out from under you.

The RM still has a carburetor and a kick-start, but so do all of the other 85cc motocross bike brands. It’s basically the same bike as its first year in 2002.

This means it’s easy to find parts and they will be more affordable, but it also means that it still has the same technology as a 2002 RM85. If you’re a competitive racer, you’ll find that the other brand 85cc bikes have gotten faster and better since then.

There’s no RM125 anymore to transition to a full-size MX bike, so the next step up is the RMZ250. It’s a 250F that’s good for racing and not much else.

RMZ250

The RMZ250 is Suzuki’s 250F race bike that has been around since 2004. Even though it’s the next size bigger from the RM85, it’s a big step up in physical bike size as well as power.

The snappy torque, almost twice the horsepower, and 70 lb weight difference is a lot to get used to, which is why I encourage you to transition to a 125 two-stroke first if you’re upgrading from an 85cc race bike.

However, if you just want an play bike for cruising around the field or trails, the RMZ 250 is not the best choice. It’s harder to ride due to the stiff suspension, snappy power, tall seat height, and a lack of an electric start and kickstand.

RMZ450

Moving up to the premier motocross bike, the RMZ450 is the highest performance off-road dirt bike you can buy from Suzuki. It doesn’t have all of the best features compared to other 450 MX bikes, but 99.9% of riders can’t take advantage of the full performance of a stock 450cc dirt bike anyway.

Another advantage is that you can buy a brand new Suzuki RMZ 450 for competitive racing and save thousands over other brands. It’s a good choice if you want a stock bike that’s reliable – as long as you don’t mind having to kickstart it every time.

Suzuki dual sport bikes

A dual sport bike is the bike to choose if you want to do all kinds of riding. You can legally ride on the road and then hop on a trail.

These are Suzuki’s street legal dirt bikes for dual sport riding:

DRZ400

Moving up to the DRZ400, it’s been one of the top all-around dirt bikes for around 20 years. It’s heavy for a dirt bike and it’s not super high-performance, so why is it so popular?

Because it can do just about everything. Gravel roads, committing, casual single-track trail riding, dual sport riding adventures – you name it!

DR650

Are you more into adventure riding and putting on a lot of miles that include road riding? Then the DR650S is your best pick from Suzuki, as it has the power and stability for highway crushing, but is still capable of handling the dirt with the right dual sport tires.

Suzuki enduro bikes for trail riding that are discontinued

Suzuki isn’t well known for their modern enduro bikes because… well, they haven’t made many. In fact, there has only been one high-performance enduro bike made in the last 20 years, and only 2 in the past 30 years.These are the Suzuki enduro bikes that have been made but discontinued:

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RMX250

The RMX250 was an off-road version of the RM250 motocross bike, but there were quite a few major changes that made it more comfortable to trail ride or race off-road with.

It was severely detuned with the power valve, exhaust and engine tuning to meet off-road EPA regulations, which is why it came “corked up” and surprisingly quiet from the factory.

RMX450Z

The only modern enduro bike (high performance trail bike) from Suzuki is the RMX450Z, which is based off of their 450 MX bike.

It’s definitely not a good bike if you’re a beginner or for just casual trail riding. When you need power and want to ride more aggressively, then the RMX450 is a dirt bike to consider.

Top used and cheap Suzuki dirt bikes

Maybe you just want to start out on your first dirt bike with something inexpensive but still reliable from Suzuki. These dirt bikes are your best options for cheap:

DRZ110

Essentially the same dirt bike as the Kawasaki KLX110, the DRZ110 is a kids trail bike, but is also used as an adult pit bike for play riding. It was only made for a few years before being discontinued, but is still a great and reliable Suzuki dirt bike.

DRZ125

The DRZ125 has been around for almost 20 years, and now Suzuki only sells the large wheel model with 19/16” wheels. The small wheel with 17/14” wheels is virtual the same bike (KLX125 too), just with a lower seat height from the smaller wheels, making it a great beginner dirt bike if you’re short. The DRZ 125 is reliable, easy to maintain, and can be bought relatively cheap on the used dirtbike market.

DRZ250

The DRZ250, as I mentioned earlier, may or may not be cheap, depending on your local market. With that said, it’s a good beginner dirt bike for adults, so if you find a good deal on one, it probably won’t last long.

Although the DRZ250 isn’t being sold anymore, it’s still a good dirt bike if you’re a beginner because it has the smooth and reliable air-cooled 4 stroke engine.

DR200

Need a beginner friendly road legal dirt bike with a low seat height? The DR200S is the way to go for learning to ride on the road and yet still be able to do some dirt biking off-road.

It’s a good bike for your lady or if you are just a short rider like me. The power is smooth and very forgiving, and the DR200 engine is very reliable.

DR350/S/SE

While it hasn’t been made since 2001, the DR350 is still a solid and reliable dirt bike. There was a trail bike and dual sport bike options – they both had the same 350cc air-cooled 4 stroke platform.

It makes good, smooth power that is noticeably better than a 250, but still has the 35″ seat height that doesn’t make it ridiculously tall if you’re under 5’10” tall. The 350, 350S, and 350SE are affordable options if you’re looking to get started on a budget with a midsize motorcycle.

How to safely ride off-road

Choosing the right first dirt bike is your first step to becoming a safer rider because you’ll be able to more easily control it.

The next step is learning the proper techniques to quickly build your confidence, and I want to help you get started. Click here to learn these basic techniques.

SUZUKI RM Models/Series Timeline, Specifications Photos

The New RM85 continues to carry on the powerful tradition of racing excellence in the Suzuki motocross family. The reliable two-stroke engine produces smooth power at any rpm with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Just like its larger RM-Z cousins, the RM85 delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders alike.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2017. Present

The 2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 features the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) system for dominant performance launching out of the gate on virtually any kind of track conditions.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2017. Present

The championship-caliber 2017 Suzuki RM-Z250 has been carefully developed to deliver a high level of performance by incorporating a variety of features originally created for Suzuki’s factory race bikes. The competition-proven Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) gives riders the best shot at grabbing the holeshot on a wide variety of track conditions, and the specialized KYB PSF2 Pneumatic Spring fork provides both easy adjustability and outstanding action to give the RM-Z250 more precise handling than ever. The remarkable KYB rear shock and the well-sorted aluminum twin-spar frame ensure the razor-sharp handling Suzuki’s are famous for.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2014. 2015

The RM-Z450 is the ultimate motocrosser, a bike engineered down to the last nut and bolt to deliver high performance. Handling is precise and tackling obstacles is now easier thanks to the Showa Separate Function front Fork (SFF). The RM-Z450 is also equipped with the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) launch mode inspired by the factory team bikes.

The frame is new and so are several components of the cooling system, while a revised gear shift cam is also present. Quick fuel adjustment is also available thanks to two couplers which can be used on the fly.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2014. 2015

Welcome to the real motocross racing world, indulge yourself in riding one of the world’s top quarter-liter racers, the 2015 MY RM-Z250. Surgery-sharp handling is complemented by top-drawer components, such as the Showa Separate Function Fork, redesigned radiator fins and re-routed coolant hoses for better performance in the most demanding of situations.

SUZUKI RM85 2014. 2015

Young motocross champions start off early in their lives, and the 2015 MY RM85 is one of the best bikes to help your kid get acquainted to winning races. Derived from the bigger machines that dominate the dirt tracks, the RM85 offers manageable, scaled performance for the youngsters. Brawny, yet non-intimidating, this 2-stroke bike arrives with a 6-speed transmission, and is therefore addressing people who have gotten well past the absolute newbie status.

Strong suspensions, wheels and frame can really take a beating, so you should not be afraid for the bike when your kid starts enjoying airtime aboard it. The pegs are chromoly and engineered to endure.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2013. 2014

RM-Z450 is one of the benchmarks in the motocross world, and by far Suzuki’s flagship dirt racing machine. A bike engineered for the podium, the 2014 MY RM-Z450 also delivers, thanks to excellent power deployment from idle to the redline. Handling is also top notch, as the RM-Z450 uses the Showa Separate Function Fork Type 2 for its precise performance and lightweight construction.

The RM-Z450 even comes with two couplers which allow riders to choose a richer or a leaner fuel setting compared to stock and adapt the bike to their skills and riding scenario.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2013. 2014

Still one of the bikes to beat in the AMA dirt competitions, the 2014 MY RM-Z250 is a quarter-liter beast which has seen a lot of podiums and is no stranger to the taste of victory. The aluminium frame is now more rigid and provides even sharper handling, aided by the new Showa Separate Function Fork which is lighter and enhances performance both in long straight lines and the sharpest turns.

The radiator was redesigned for better cooling and a rerouted hose helps water flow better and makes maintenance easier. The transmission was also tweaked for smoother transitions and a quick shift feel.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2012. 2013

For 2013, the RM-Z450 receives a lot if improvements, especially for the engine and frame, turning this bike into an even better choice for amateur racing programs. Multiple engine internals have been changed and tweaked, from the piston and its pin to the exhaust system, shift cam and camshafts, frame and suspension.

The bike retains its race-winning character, but it has gotten better, more maneuverable and stable during fast straight lines. With higher performance being the only goal, Suzuki managed to deliver a bike which is an even more serious adversary for the rest of the dirt field.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2012. 2013

The RM-Z250 is a Champion’s quarter-liter machine and for 2013 it receives a lot of enhancements, especially in the engine department, with a penchant for better power in the mid- and top-range zones. The new engine internals are complemented by a revised electric system and new electronic package for better fuel economy and injection, better resistance to mud and water.

The frame was also tweaked for better stability and it now used Showa’s Separate Function Fork, a lighter and better-performing unit for enhanced control.

SUZUKI RM85L 2012. 2013

The bigger the wheels, the easier obstacles are tackled. Suzuki knows this truth of the off-road bike world very well, and delivers the 2013 MY RM85L, a bike equipped with bigger wheels for better terrainability. The L suffix stands for these very larger wheels, and is a great way to allow the RM85 to accommodate taller young riders.

The bigger wheels are the only thing that’s changed from the base RM85 model, so even though the bike may seem a bit bigger, you’re still looking at a 84.7cc liquid-cooled two-stroke carbureted single, with a 6-speed gearbox and adjustable Showa suspensions.

SUZUKI RM85 2012. 2013

The 2013 MY RM85 is waiting for you to uncrate it and hit the dirt. This miniature racer has been developed with technology derived from the big competition machine, and was tailored for perfect compliance with the needs and skills of young riders. With smoothly-delivered punch and strong mid-range grunt, the RM85 is also built like a tank around a steel frame rolling on strong wheels and race-inspired suspensions.

This two-stroke liquid-cooled bike is fed through a Keihin carburetor and sports digital ignition for precise operation even at high revs. Cue a 6-speed transmission, adjustable Showa suspensions and strong brakes for unrivaled performance.

SUZUKI RM85L 2011. 2012

The 2012 MY RM85L is almost the same bike as the one without the L suffix. That is, it has the same engine, transmission and top-spec suspensions, but the wheels are a tad larger. The bike still meets the demands of any beginning motocross racer, and makes things even better thanks to the bigger wheels. The larger front rim diameter helps riders tackle obstacles more easily, granting faster passage over tough sections of the track.

On the tech side the RM85 and RM85L are identical, the same punchy 2-stroke miniature monsters which help kids turn into champs.

SUZUKI RM85 2011. 2012

A bike for the youngest racers, the 2012 MY RM85 introduces top-shelf performance to have the kids used to the fight for the 1st place and provide them with the right machine for the podium. The RM85 is built with the experience Suzuki got from the off-road racing and incorporates a lot of technology derived from the bigger bikes.

This two-stroke bike is punchy and may seem a bit intimidating at first, but it has been engineered to provide youngsters with performance tailored to their physique and skills. Designed to perform, the RM85 is equipped with Showa suspensions, and an inverted fork, has top-spec chassis construction and is technically ready to race from the crate.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2011. 2012

The RM-Z250 is the middleweight motocross bike of choice for many riders, because it packs lightweight construction, plenty of punch from its injected engine and excellent handling for the most demanding situations. The bike is a nifty choice for both seasoned racers and weekend warriors, as its character can be forgiving or vile, as need be.

The 2012 model year brings revised ECU settings for a more linear acceleration and an updated transmission for a more predictable power-to-wheel deployment.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2011. 2012

The RM-Z450 is one of the most respected names in motocross, as this machine triumphed on multiple occasions in the MX1, AMA Supercross and other competitions. The 2012 model year brings several upgrades and updates, as follows:

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- Meets 94db AMA FIM (115 dB/A) race regulation while keeping smooth engine output.

- Compression ration has been increased from 12.2 to 12.5 for higher output. – Intake Exhaust cam timing has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise (94db).

- ECU settings have been updated for more linear acceleration and improved over-rev.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2010. 2011

Since the quarter-liter RM-Z was updated for 2011, its bigger sibling, the RM-Z450 could not be left as it was. Suzuki introduced the same upgrades for the bigger off-road machine, and it is now compliant with the stricter AMA noise regulations (94 dB). The intake and exhaust timing have been revised, as well as the exhaust pipe, to provide the improved power and a better feel of the engine.

The ECU settings have been updated too, and riders can easily select between two mapping using the corresponding couplers. The compression ratio has been increased from 12.2:1 up to 12.5:1 for higher output.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2010. 2011

The 2011 model year RM-Z250 introduces a lot of tweaks destined to make the bike more reliable and offer a more rewarding riding experience. The bike does not sport major changes, but the bevy of upgrades are indeed making it different from the previous model. The intake and exhaust timing has been revised for a better engine feeling, while the exhaust pipe was updated to meet AMA noise regulations (94 dB). The ECU settings were obviously updated accordingly, and the radiator hose routing was improved for better cooling.

Starting and shifting has been improved, with a FOCUS on the redesigned kick starter lever and the 3rd and 4th gear. The wiring harness routing and the fuel line cap are also on the upgrades list.

SUZUKI RMX450Z 2009. 2010

The 2010 MY RMX450Z is the result of Suzuki adapting a successful motocross bike to the requirements of trail riding. This machine is basically the championship-winning RM-Z450 equipped with high-spec parts and aiming at delivering exceptional performance, but everything was tweaked for better compliance with the new riding scenarios.

Wider primary and final ratios are in place, electric starting, new suspension geometry and redesigned combustion chamber are also part of the game. Add in trail-specific upgrades such as the bash plate and a stronger frame and you’ve got a monster machine all for yourself.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2009. 2010

After the magic 2007 moment when Suzuki introduced the first-ever fuel-injected motocross machine, it;s time to add even more upgrades to the amazing RM-Z450. The 2010 MY RM-Z450 received a host of engine modifications in the shape of a new cylinder head, piston, crankshaft, throttle body, cam shafts and valve springs.

The frame is also revised, with extra rigidity, while the spring and damping rates for the suspensions have also been tweaked anew. A new radiator and multiple electrical upgrades including the ECU are part of the new motocross beast.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2009. 2010

In 2010, Suzuki launched the RM-Z250, a motocross motorcycle that followed the RM-Z450 and featured for the first time a fuel injection system that resulted in better startability, faster throttle response, faster acceleration, and better power characteristics at all rpm ranges.

The model featured three types of fuel map modes, Leaner, Normal, and Richer, that were selectable by replacing the provided fuel couplers, which allowed the bike performance to be adjusted for a wide range of courses.

The aluminum frame and swingarm were optimized for better balance and enhanced handling and track feel, while the suspension and brakes were also upgraded, which qualified the bike as a championship-winning machine.

The 249cc four-stroke single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine featured titanium valves, an aluminum alloy cylinder, Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) cylinder coating, and Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS). The power output of 45 HP at 11,500 rpm and 29 Nm (21 lb-ft) of torque with a peak at 9,000 rpm was transferred to the rear wheel through a five-speed manual transmission.

The 2010 Suzuki RM-Z250 came with features such as carefully designed footpeg brackets that prevented mud clogging, a textured seat for a comfortable position, Renthal tapered aluminum handlebars, and a handlebar pad that reduced the vibrations.

The new livery of the bike was completed with eye-catching red, black, and white graphics.

SUZUKI RM85 2009. 2010

A sweet ride for the youngest off-road racers, the 2010 MY RM85 introduces a new livery which is once more inspired from the looks of top-class big-bore competition machines. On the tech side, this liquid-cooled 2-stroke singe packs enough punch for being thrilling and comes with a manual 6-speed transmission which provides the right power-to-wheel deployment for any scenario. Multiple parts are derived from the bigger bikes and offer enhanced performance despite the diminutive displacement of the machine.

SUZUKI RM85 2008. 2009

The 2009 MY RM85 is the entry-point competition-ready bike destined for the young riders. Equipped with a high-revving 2-stroke single, the RM85 is capable of delivering quite a punch. And with a smooth-predictable 6-speed transmission, your kids will be flying over the ramps in no time.

Rigid, sporty and tough as nails, the frame of the RM85 was designed to get the kids used to the racing feel and stimulate their appetite for aggressive riding. If your kinds start riding the RM85, don;t be surprised to hear them asking for a larger, more powerful bike in one year or two.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2008. 2009

The 2009 MY brings solid upgrades for the middleweight RM-Z machine. The RM-Z250 receives a new chassis with a ton of design tweaks for better rigidity and lighter mass, new adjustable Showa suspensions and gold-trimmed accents for a true factory look. On the engine side, the RM-Z250 sees a new Keihin FCR73MX carburetor, new porting, a new internal muffler design, a new piston profile and a hot starter relocated according to Ricky Carmichael’s own design.

The seat was also improved for better grip, while the pegs were redesigned to prevent mud from caking up, and the rotors now boast a race-inspired shape for better cooling and mud rejection.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2008. 2009

One of the biggest upgrades for the RM-Z450 model is definitely the fuel injection system, a new technology which allows Suzuki engineers to squeeze even more performance from this already top-notch off-road machine. The RM-Z450 retains the chassis, suspensions and brakes developed with Ricky Carmichael, and this means sharp handling and precise braking. The adjustable Showa suspensions will provide smooth damping for any rider, while offering race-grade ground tracking.

SUZUKI RM250 PAUL EDMONDSON REPLICA 2007. 2008

Developed and built in the UK by the four-time World Champion, the limited run machine has been put together with the aim of being the ‘ultimate’ out of the showroom two-stroke enduro weapon. Power delivery has been altered with a DEP expansion chamber and a carburettor spacer to the motocross RM250 motorcycles.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2007. 2008

The 2008 model year RM-Z450 receives a host of upgrades and they affect almost the entire bike. From the relocated levers to the racing rotors, to the new gripper seat and the all-new frame, the RM-Z450 has been tweaked quite a lot. The engine is also new, with a new-generation injection system, new airbox and redesigned combustion chamber and piston.

The RM-Z450 was ready to race even before, only now it has an extra edge for winning, too.

SUZUKI RM250 2007. 2008

The 2008 RM250 is the epitome of power and racing spirit in the world of motocross competition bikes. Suzuki delivers a mean beast which can take almost any rider by surprise, as the brute power and explosive torque this two-stroke quarter-liter liquid-cooled single are something to be reckoned with.

This bike is a tough-as-nails engineering marvel and can also take a beating. The strong chassis is complemented by racing-grade Showa suspensions with enhanced adjustability, while the pegs and bars are also complying with the rigors of hard riding. Cue powerful hydraulic brakes, precise cornering and a narrow, easy-to-flip profile for the ultimate ride.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2007. 2008

The 2008 MY RM-Z250 bids you welcome in the world of real quarter-liter competition machines. This bike has a 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine which is capable to deliver explosive power when reined by bold riders. Taller and significantly more aggressive, the RM-Z250 is not exactly a bike for beginners, despite its quarter-liter displacement which might trick some into believing this is a tame machine.

2008 brings new pegs with a redesigned shape to prevent mud build-up, a new, more adherent seat, and a completely revisited chassis for the new engine.

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SUZUKI RM125 2007. 2008

The long history of the Suzuki RM125 model is the perfect testimony telling the successful story of this small-displacement bike. The RM125 is the natural step up for the young Suzuki riders who are done with the entry-point RM85 or its larger-wheeled RM85L sibling.

The RM125 brings extra power and torque for more aggressive, faster rides, tweaked suspensions with solid adjustability and a completely new level of overall performance. And thanks to the 2-stroke design, the 2008 MY Suzuki RM125 can also deliver a much more explosive power deployment than you’d expect.

SUZUKI RM85L 2007. 2008

Some kids are just growing up faster than others and Suzuki knows this very well. This is why a bike like the RM85L is also part of the entry-point motocross line-up, to provide a solution for the eternal outgrowing problem. Suzuki simply loaded larger wheels on this 2-stroker, increasing the ground clearance and adding to the ease of tackling obstacles.

The engine remains unchanged, so your kids will be able to ride in the same class, regardless of their height. Packing the same technologies derived form the big competition bikes, the RM85L will give your kids the first glimpse of what winning is like.

SUZUKI RM85 2007. 2008

Loaded with technology derived straight from Suzuki’s championship-winning motocross machinery, the 20008 MY RM85 is a glorious entry-point bike for young riders. Lightweight and sporting excellent handling thanks to its compact design, the RM85 is a very neat educational platform which is also teaching kids to win.

The RM85 retains the proven 6-speed manual transmission for exceptionally-accurate power deployment according to the riding scenario, while the Showa suspensions introduce race-grade adjustability for a positive feel and premium damping. If you want to see your kid grow into a Champion, this two-stroke machine is one of the things you both need.

SUZUKI RM-Z 450 Carmichael Replica 2007

In 2006, the RM-Z450 was the first four stroke ever to win the AMA Supercross Championship. In order to celebrate the success, Suzuki has created the 2007 RM-Z450 Ricky Carmichael Replica.

SUZUKI RM85L 2006. 2007

The 2007 MY RM85L is Suzuki’s solution for riders who outgrow their small-displacement bikes, but do so only in terms of dimensions. The L suffix introduces larger wheels for a completely changed stance, better ground clearance and more compliance with taller riders. On the tech side, this is about all that’s changed form the base version of the RM85, but it looks like enough.

This way, taller kids will not be forced to take the step to larger-displacement bikes, and will be able to keep within the limits of this class.

SUZUKI RM85 2006. 2007

By far a bike of choice for the young riders in the mini-class, the Suzuki RM85 delivers solid sport performance in a diminutive package that is both exhilarating to ride and non-intimidating. In fact the RM85 is a great educational platform which will help youngsters hone their skills prior to jumping to bigger machines.

The RM85 packs plenty of punch in its liquid-cooled 2-stroke 85cc single, while a 6-speed transmission provides full control over power and torque delivery for every scenario.

SUZUKI RM125 2006. 2007

The 2007 MY RM125 is a great way to have the young riders accustomed to the intricacies of real-world racing in the dirt. The bike is derived from championship-winning machines, and is loaded with race-ready components, despite its diminutive dimensions and displacement. Anyway, with the 2-stroke engine, the power of the RM125 can be truly explosive when a heavy hand operates the throttle.

New for 2007 are the seat, with its textured side panels which offer better grip, the lighter fork protectors and the revised graphics which introduce a more aggressive look derived from the works machinery.

SUZUKI RM250 2006. 2007

The 2007MY brings several updates for the Suzuki RM250. This quarter-liter dirt racer receives a redesigned seat with textured side panels for better grip, redesigned exhaust ports, revised engine placement inside the chassis, while the suspensions have also been tweaked and made lighter.

This quarter-liter 2-stroke is now more maneuverable thanks to the optimized mass distribution and you’ll be able to get more from the 5-speed transmission whether you’ll be riding fast and jumping mounds or drifting around corners.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 Carmichael Replica 2006. 2007

Feel like adding a bit of Ricky Carmichael sparkle to your off-road riding? Here’s the 2007 MY RM-Z450 Carmichael Replica, a bike engineered for dirt competitions, and which stands as the building base for the works real deal. You’ll not only get Suzuki’s premium consumer-oriented dirt beast, but you’ll also enjoy the livery of the bike Carmichael rode to glory on so many occasions.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2006. 2007

In 2007, at Moto-industry hotspot Pole Position Raceway in Corona, California, Suzuki hold a private media event where they introduced the RM-Z250, a motocross motorcycle engineered to win, with newly developed features.

The 2007 model shared the improvements with its bigger sibling, so the ride provided a better overall experience thanks to the updated engine, chassis, suspension, and redesigned swingarm.

The 250cc engine that came at the center of the bike featured revised combustion chambers and achieved a boost of torque and power in the mid-high rpm range. The 2007 Suzuki RM-Z250 had its heartbeat set by a 249cc four-stroke single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a power output of 44 HP at 11,000 rpm and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) of torque with a peak at 8,500 rpm.

The model featured a chassis composed of a rigid twin-beam aluminum frame, and for enhanced suspension performance, the bike adopted KYB rear shocks. Also, the bike came with some trick features, such as oversized Renthal handlebars and a seat with much more grip, as well as redesigned ergonomics which created a more comfortable riding position that reduces fatigue.

For suspension, the bike packed a cartridge-type telescopic Showa fork on the front with 300 mm of wheel travel and a fully adjustable suspension with 310 mm of wheel travel on the rear wheel.

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2006. 2007

In 2007, Suzuki launched the RM-Z450, a two-stroke motorcycle suited for motocross racing where RM letters stand for Racing Model. The 2007 model received several updates in the engine department and chassis with improved low-to-mid range power deployment, while the Showa suspension was tweaked for an optimal response.

The 449cc engine updates consisted of a redesigned combustion chamber for a larger output, re-shaped intake ports, revised carburetor settings, optimized 3D-mapped ignition, and an exhaust pipe extended by 85 mm, all of which resulted in a low-to-mid range power output.

In the chassis department, the 2007 model received an updated twin-spar aluminum frame with thicker lower tubes and thinner tank rails, which created a perfect balance of rigidity and flexibility and increased cornering and straight-line performance. For improved traction and straight-line stability, the swingarm was revised by messing with the height and width of the main beam.

Both front and rear suspension got new settings, with the front and rear rotors redesigned for weight reduction. For better airflow to the air box, the side covers were vented, and for the visual aspect, the 2007 Suzuki RM-Z450 received aggressive graphics and a gripper seat.

The 449cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a power output of 58 HP at 8,800 rpm and 45 Nm (33 lb-ft) of torque at 7,600 rpm combined with a four-speed manual transmission and 100 kg (220 lbs) of weight, the bike registered a top speed of 113 kph (70 mph).

SUZUKI RM-Z450 2005. 2006

The 2006 MY RM-Z450 is the flagship dirt racing bike in Suzuki’s range, one of the meanest machines in the lot, by all means. The new model year introduces plenty of changes, with multiple engine tweaks and more chassis-related updates aimed at providing impeccable performance.

From revisions to relocated parts and redesigned assemblies, the RM-Z450 is and almost entirely new machine, however with one thing remaining unchanged. If you’re looking for a zero-compromise bike which can take on any track and any kind of dirt, and you;re not afraid to have your skills and stout character put to the test, the RM-Z450 is the only thing you’ll ever need.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2005. 2006

if it’s got a Z it’s a 4-stroke racing beast, so the name of the 2006 MY RM-Z250 is rather self-explanatory. You’re putting your money on a race-engineered machine which is built like tank. A tank that travels very fast, jumps and lands like a dream and which is one of your best allies to help you cross the finish line first.

Every part of the RM-Z250 has been carefully engineered and tested to deliver flawless performance and it will take more than one or two bumps to wreck it.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 Ricky Carmichael Limited Edition 2005. 2006

The 2006 MY RM-Z250 Ricky Carmichael Limited Edition is one bike only few lucky riders will get, as we’re talking about a small run bike with a special livery you just can’t find anywhere. The bike celebrates Ricky Carmichael’s AMA Supercross title, but it brings more than colors to the dirt game.

Like the other quarter-liter 2-stroker, the RM-Z250 Ricky Carmichael Limited Edition received a lot of engine, frame and braking system updates, with revised porting, exhaust ccrankshaft, clutch and a new ignition map.

SUZUKI RM250 2005. 2006

The 2006 MY RM250 is a two-stroke quarter-liter dirt racing machine which has been used by Ricky Carmichael and he proved that it is indeed a champ’s bike. Quick throttle response, amazing power and torque for riding hard and excellent damping capabilities, even when landing really tall jumps.

The engine and the frame of the bike have both been massively updated and provide more performance and reliability. The brakes and bars have also been updated for this model year. Maybe you won’t become the next Carmichael, but at least you can give life your best shot.

SUZUKI RM125 2005. 2006

The 2006 MY RM125 has received several tweaks for improved performance. This is one of Suzuki’s highly-popular dirt racing machines, so it is natural that the house of Hamamatsu loads it with the best features and parts from the top shelf. The RM125 has a bigger piston ring knock pin, a narrower reed valve intake passage, a reshaped intake reed valve air guide, a narrower crankshaft, a new exhaust chamber shape and a revised ignition map.

The chassis is also new, including an updated swingarm and new, revisited braking system, with new rotors and brake pad material.

SUZUKI RM85L 2005. 2006

If your kid is growing taller but is still not ready to take the next step up the displacement ladder, you need not worry. Suzuki still manufactures an L version of the RM85, loaded with bigger wheels and sporting longer suspension travel, a taller seat and of course better ground clearance.

The engine remains the revered 85cc 2-stroke mill, with plenty of punch and grit for aggressive off-road riding. Taller riders will enjoy better ergonomics, while remaining within the power specs of the 85cc class and being able to hone is their skills even better before jumping on the 125ers, the first real-deal dirt racing monsters.

SUZUKI RM85 2005. 2006

The 2006 RM85 carries on the racing heritage of its predecessors and is a tremendously fun and dependable platform for the young off-road racers. Built with a ton of works-derived technologies and parts, the RM85 is engineered for hard riding and withstanding the rigors and abuse race track life comes with. Every piece of the bike is more durable than you’d normally expect from a civil bike, and the multiple setup possibilities offer extended versatility for a wide range of riders.

This 2-stroke machine packs more punch than meets the eye and is fitted with a 6-speed transmission for the optimal power deployment, while the exhaust system integrates the latest technology borrowed from the bigger bikes.

SUZUKI RM125 2004. 2005

The first thing you should remember when throwing a leg over a RM-series bike is that these machines mean business. They are engineered for top performance and it’s not seldom when you see them on the podium. Don’t be fooled by the small displacement of the 2005 MY RM125, as the 2-stroke engine is punchier than you’d expect maybe, and a jerk of the throttle could easily send you into a wheelie.

Because of the high-performance goal Suzuki had for the RM125, the engine is liqud-cooled, but this doesn’t seem to add too much bulk, as the bike is still very light, as any racing machine should be. Add in adjustable suspensions, 21-19 wheels and powerful disc brakes and be ready for pro-class fun.

SUZUKI RM85L 2003. 2004

The 2004 MY RM85 is a neat bike for young riders, but in case your kid is taller than the rest, this bike could be less than satisfactory. Still, this doesn’t mean you have to change the bike, as Suzuki’s L version of the RM85 is already here. The RM85L is equipped with bigger wheels which offer better ergonomics to taller riders, as well as a longer suspension travel.

The engine remains the same punchy 85cc 2-stroke mill mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and offering the same premium MX racing experience as the big bikes, only at a smaller scale. Great as a beginner’s race bike, the RM85L is also a wonderful choice for weekend fun in the wild.

SUZUKI RM85 2003. 2004

The 2004 MY Suzuki RM85 is a great entry point 2-stroke motocross machine which offers a high-performance platform in a non-intimidating trim, allowing young riders to hone in their skills prior to hopping on the big bikes.

The bike received a lot of minor tweaks for better ergonomics and reliability, while the suspensions offer racing-type performance with countless setup possibilities. The smaller rims offer better balance and a more reassuring feel to shorter riders, as well.

SUZUKI RM125 2003. 2004

The 2004 MY RM125 is a small-displacement 2-stroke beast engineered to deliver top-notch performance for beginners. Small, lightweight, nimble and yet punchy to the max, the RM125 shares the upgrades with its quarter-liter sister. This means a new piston, redesigned exhaust ports and valves and plenty of other improvements in the frame, suspensions, brakes and ergonomics departments.

While the 2004 model year looks very similar to the previous versions, the changes will make a solid difference on the track. If an eighth-liter machine is next on your shopping list, you’ll have no regrets getting this one.

SUZUKI RM-Z250 2003. 2004

In 2004, Suzuki launched the RM-Z250, their first-ever four-stroke motocross motorcycle developed jointly with Kawasaki Heavy industries and featured a brand new 250cc DOHC engine.

Suzuki used its technologies and long experience in motocross manufacturing with this engine to achieve competitive performance for racing.

A good starting point in the development of a performance racing machine is weight, so the engine featured lightweight materials such as magnesium, aluminum, and titanium.

Other parts included in the weight-reduction process were the frame made of slim double-main chromium molybdenum steel tubes, a newly designed rear suspension linkage system, and specially designed rims and tires.

The 2004 Suzuki RM-Z250 had its heartbeat set by a 249cc four-stroke single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a power output of 43 HP at 11,000 rpm and 29 Nm (21 lb-ft) of torque available at 8,500 rpm and equipped with a five-speed manual transmission.

For suspension, the bike packed a Kayaba telescopic fork with 300 mm wheel travel on the front and a Kayaba link-type with a fully adjustable spring preload and 310 mm wheel travel on the rear. The wire-spoked wheels featured a single disc with a hydraulic caliper on both the front and rear, acting as braking power.

On the 2022 motorcycle market, the 2004 Suzuki RM-Z250 was for sale starting from 2,000.

SUZUKI RM250 2003. 2004

The 2004 MY RM250 has received several revisions aimed at improving the power delivery. A lighter flat-top piston, redesigned exhaust ports, and piston rings have been used, and the carburetor was rejetted, also. At the same time the fork grew thicker, with new shocks and a new rear linkage for better progressive action.

Ergonomics have been tweaked, alongside the brakes, and the bike got a stronger frame and better clutch cable adjustment.

SUZUKI RM60 2003. Present

The RM60 is a new entry-level machine designed for young riders just starting in Motocross. The liquid-cooled 60cc reed-valve engine is tuned to produce a wide, friendly powerband with emphasis on low-to-midrange power.

SUZUKI RM100 2003. Present

The first Moto-Cross machine from Suzuki to bear the name RM100 was launched back in 1978, and followed the standard format set out by the successful RM (racing model) models of that time. The 98cc piston and reed valve engine was air-cooled and produced a high 19.5hp @ 10,500 rpm. The machine though was closer to a 125 in dimensions and weight weighing 87kg.

SUZUKI RM85 2002. Present

Born in 2002, the RM85 was created for the smaller motocross enthusiasts. This machine replaced the RM80, both sharing the disc brakes, the liquid-cooled single cylinder two-stroke engine, and the rigid aluminum cradle frame.

SUZUKI RM250 2001. 2002

This is the last big change for the Suzuki RM250. It gets a new frame and bodywork, new engine cases with an external water pump and a new power valve. At this point, the Suzuki is very close to the top of its game. So is Yamaha, and the two companies battle back and forth for the honor of top bike. Honda’s 01 CR is in the hunt, too, but then takes a step backward in 2002.

SUZUKI RM80 1998. 2002

The 1998 Suzuki RM80 is an off-road motocross. The bikes all have roughly 80 cc of engine displacement and light frames. The new engine design provides with a mutch more performance thanks to Power Reed intake system combining piston valve and reed valve.

SUZUKI RM80 1987. 1997

The Suzuki RM80 now has Full Floater rear suspension system far unmatched stabaility and a wide range of adjustability. A remote reservoir gas/oil shokc is used, mounted low to keep the bike`s center of gravity close to the ground.

SUZUKI RM125 1987. 2007

My Suzuki RM 125 is manufactured by the Japanese Suzuki Motocross bike that can get the shields. The new 125cc have a redesigned cylinder that is a hybrid, retro design with a new exhaust valve. The RM 125 is usually light yellow motorcycle. This bike has gained popularity of the high-efficiency motor with a maximum power of 38 HP (28 kW) at 11.250 rpm.

SUZUKI RM500 1983. 1985

The succesfull RM series of motocross models was introduced in 1975, the RM500, presented in 1983 being the largest of that time. The ’83 RM500 is an increased ’82 RM465.

SUZUKI RM125 1979. 1986

The 1979 Suzuki RM125 is a very solid package. The little yellow zinger has good bottom-end snap and decent midrange pull. The motor makes decent power from the lower end of the powerband to the middle. Like most 125s, the RM puts out the most power from mid-to-top.

SUZUKI RM400 1978. 1980

The RM (standing for racing motorcycles) series of Moto-Cross machines were launched in 1975, replacing the old TM models. The range ran from 50cc right up to 400cc, and were very successful off the back of Suzuki’s World championship winning works machinery. By 1981 the models adopted liquid-cooling and the Full Floater swing-arm, a giant evolutionary leap in the handling stakes, giving Suzuki a real edge against the competition at that time. Manufactured from 1978 to 1980, the machine had an air cooled, single cylinder two-stroke engine with a displacement of 402cc and a 6.7:1 compression ratio.

SUZUKI RM100 1978. 1979

The reliable two-stroke engine produces smooth power at any rpm with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Just like its larger RM-Z cousins, the RM100 delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders alike. The letters RM stand for Racing Model and the motorcycles produced with this prefix in their model names are suited to use in motocross racing.

SUZUKI RM80 1978. 1986

The Suzuki RM80 is an off-road motocross-type motorcycle produced by the Japanese Suzuki Corporation from 1977 to 2001. The bikes all have roughly 80 cc of engine displacement and light frames.

The Fastest Motorcycles In The World

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Reaching breakneck speeds on two wheels isn’t for the timid. Neither is holding the top title of the world’s fastest motorcycle. The bikes competing for this claim are champions in their own right, pushing the limits of peak performance and receiving immortal status in return.

While some stick to traditional high-performance gasoline engines, others turn to modern electric motors with instant torque, while one breaks all barriers with a Rolls Royce Allison turbine engine. There’s no lack of creativity behind the fastest motorcycles in the world.

The bikes on this list didn’t get here by accident. It takes dedication to be anywhere near the top running of the world’s fastest motorcycle or fastest cars. A lucky few nailed their legendary status instantly, but most toiled for years before discovering the secret to top speed.

One thing is certain: If you want to go for a ride on the fastest motorcycle in the world, you better hold on tight and watch what’s ahead.

BMW S1000RR: 188 mph

Since 2009, the BMW S1000RR has been pushing the boundaries of performance. Everything from the lightweight frame to the low-drag design is purpose-built to create the ultimate riding experience.

The S1000RR’s 205-horsepower inline-4 engine provides exceptional acceleration throughout the entire power curve, allowing it to find a top speed of 188 mph. Fast enough to win multiple Isle of Man TT races and bring bragging rights to any track it graces.

Manufacturer: BMW
Top speed: 188 mph / 303 km/h
Horsepower: 205 HP
Torque: 83 ft lbs
Website: https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com

MV Agusta F4 R 312: 194 mph

For a company like MV Agusta, there’s no such thing as good enough. Perfection is the goal, and it’s an endless pursuit of an ever-moving target.

After the unbridled success of the MV Agusta F4 CC and its closely-related F4 1000 R sibling, the brand continued to fine-tune the beastly machine. In late 2007, the MV Agusta F4 R 312 was released, taking its name from the impressive 312 km/h top speed.

Manufacturer: MV Agusta
Top speed: 194 mph / 312 km/h
Horsepower: 183 HP
Torque: 85 ft lbs
Website: https://www.mvagusta.com

Suzuki GSX1300 R Hayabusa: 194 mph

With abundant power and all-around performance, the Hayabusa’s introduction to the market in 1999 was a monumental occasion with a record-setting top speed of 194 mph.

Somehow Suzuki managed to control the 197 horsepower engine and make one of the fastest motorcycles in the world enjoyable to ride regularly. Who says you can’t have it all?

Manufacturer: Suzuki
Top speed: 194 mph / 312 km/h
Horsepower: 197 HP
Torque: 114 ft lbs
Website: https://www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au

MV Agusta F4CC: 195 mph

Sparing no expense, the MV Agusta F4CC is an exclusive piece of motorcycle history. Claudio Castiglioni, the Managing Director of MV Agusta, set out to create a hand-built masterpiece to contend for a world no 1 bike. The world’s fastest bike price or investment was of no concern.

All 100 units produced incorporate carbon fiber fairings, titanium exhaust, and more than 90% tailor-made components. Fine adjustments are scattered throughout the engine, including changes to the geometry of the connecting rods and larger intake valves.

The MV Agusta F4CC is one of the top 10 fastest bikes in the world. While its 120,000 price tag is not cheap, the Bugatti price list makes it seem tolerable in comparison.

Manufacturer: MV Agusta
Top speed: 195 mph / 314 km/h
Horsepower: 200 HP
Torque: 92 ft lbs
Website: https://www.mvagusta.com

Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory: 199 mph

Aprilia’s flagship motorcycle is no slouch. As one of the fastest sportbikes in the world, the RSV4 1100 Factory features a powerful V-4 producing 217 horsepower. A dual-beam aluminum chassis connect to Öhlins fork front suspension to provide premium road handling.

The Aprilia has braking power covered with 4-piston Brembo calipers, floating stainless-steel rotors, and sintered pads. It reached the podium 9 times in its first full season of World Superbike racing.

Manufacturer: Aprilia
Top speed: 199 mph / 320 km/h
Horsepower: 217 HP
Torque: 90 ft lbs
Website: https://www.aprilia.com

Ducati Panigale V4 R: 199 mph

Ducati’s name is well-known to anyone familiar with the fastest production motorcycles. When the redesigned Ducati Panigale V4R achieved a top speed of 199 mph, Ducati once again showcased its ability to blend style, sophistication, and performance.

Although the V4R is reserved for track-only use, Ducati also produces a similar street-legal version of the Panigale: the Ducati Superleggera V4. Its claim to fame is an unbeatable power/weight ratio of 1.54 HP/kg. Adhering to the gentlemen’s agreement to limit mass-produced street-legal motorcycles to 300 km/h, the Ducati Superleggera V4 top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph (299 km/h).

Manufacturer: Ducati
Top speed: 199 mph / 320 km/h
Horsepower: 221 HP
Torque: 83 ft lbs
Website: https://www.ducati.com

Damon Hypersport Premier: 200 mph

The best electric cars and motorcycles are sure to become more popular with their instant torque, ever-increasing ranges, and attractive builds. The Damon Hypersport Premier meets those baseline features with a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3 seconds, a 200-mile range, and bold styling.

Damon takes the Hypersport Pro a step ahead as one of the fastest bikes in the world, top speed in km/h of 321 (200 mph). This daredevil attitude is balanced with innovative safety including predictive artificial intelligence to help anticipate and avoid trouble.

Manufacturer: Damon
Top speed: 200 mph / 321 km/h
Horsepower: 200 HP
Torque: 200 ft lbs
Website: https://damon.com

Ducati 1199 Panigale R: 202 mph

While the Panigale name continues on current Ducati models, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R is a different bike from the past. Its two-cylinder engine has titanium rods, finely-tuned engine mapping, and a super-light flywheel, combining to push out 202 horsepower and a top speed of 202 mph.

High-performance handling is accomplished through an adjustable swingarm and Öhlins suspension. Landing on the list of the world’s fastest bike top 5, it lives up to everything you expect from Ducati.

Manufacturer: Ducati
Top speed: 202 mph / 325 km/h
Horsepower: 202 HP
Torque: 100 ft lbs
Website: https://www.ducati.com

Lightning LS-218: 218 mph

If any doubts remain about electric motorcycles, the Lightning LS-218 should conquer them, starting with its top speed of 218 mph and 0 to 60 mph in a minuscule 2.2 seconds.

The LS-218 offers an Öhline fully-adjustable front suspension, Bremo 4-piston calipers, and a Billet aluminum adjustable swingarm. The IPW liquid-cooled 150kw motor recharges in just 30 minutes with a DC fast charger. You can see why it holds a spot on our list of the best electric motorcycles.

Manufacturer: Lightning
Top speed: 218 mph / 351 km/h
Horsepower: 200 HP
Torque: 105 ft lbs
Website: https://lightningmotorcycle.com

Kawasaki Ninja H2R: 240 mph

The race-only Kawasaki Ninja H2R will catapult you up to 240 mph. Those looking for a street-legal version can purchase the Kawasaki Ninja H2 instead, which has a still-impressive top speed of 209 mph.

This Ninja motorcycle is a pinnacle engineering achievement with a lightweight trellis frame, fully-adjustable suspension, and a full suite of rider-focused support, including traction control, anti-lock brakes, engine brake control, and launch control.

Manufacturer: Kawasaki
Top speed: 240 mph / 386 km/h
Horsepower: 305 HP
Torque: 122 ft lbs
Website: https://www.kawasaki.com

MTT 420-RR: 273 mph

Marine Turbine Technologies knows how to achieve top speed on a motorcycle. The 420-RR is their latest design and pushes the top speed to an astonishing 273 mph, overshooting their predecessor MTT Y2K bike’s top speed of 250 mph.

The MTT 420-RR features a 420-horsepower Rolls Royce Allison turbine engine and aerodynamic carbon-fiber fairings. With production limited to five bikes per year, getting your hands on the fastest bike in the world isn’t easy.

In response to riding his own MTT superbike, Jay Leno told Popular Mechanics, “It’s like the hand of God pushing you in the back… I’ve ridden a lot of fast bikes but nothing pulls like this.”

Manufacturer: Marine Turbine Technologies
Top speed: 273 mph / 439 km/h
Horsepower: 420 HP
Torque: ~500 ft lbs
Website: https://www.marineturbine.com

Honorable Mention: Dodge Tomahawk: 300 mph (est.)

In 2003, the world witnessed the unveiling of a concept like no other, the Dodge Tomahawk. By stuffing the Dodge Viper’s 8.3L V10 engine on a platform that rides like a motorcycle, the carmaker might have created one of the fastest motorcycles in the world.

But there’s more to the story than this. Not only did this monstrosity have four wheels, but its top speed was also never proven. It’s reported that nine Dodge Tomahawk replicas were produced and sold for 555,000 each, likely used more for art decoration than street or track use. It is indeed not a street-legal motorcycle to ride.

Finding evidence that any Tomahawk has been ridden faster than 100 mph seems to be impossible. Should it be on this list? Can it truly go 300 mph? The world may never know.

Manufacturer: Dodge
Top speed: est. 300 mph (483 km/h)
Horsepower: 500 HP
Torque: ~525 ft lbs

The world’s fastest motorcycles summary

Creating one of the top 10 fastest bikes in the world can be done in a variety of ways. Popular racetrack names like Ducati and Kawasaki stick to their bread and butter, while electric newcomers like Lightning and Damon challenge tradition.

Grabbing the ultimate spot as the world’s fastest bike, however, takes something special. Marine Turbine Technologies discovered the secret by applying a turbine engine on a two-wheel monster. The result has been nothing short of spectacular.

The 11 fastest motorcycles in the world are:

  • MTT 420-RR: 273 mph
  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R: 240 mph
  • Lightning LS-218: 218 mph
  • Ducati 1199 Panigale R: 202 mph
  • Damon Hypersport Premier: 200 mph
  • Ducati Panigale V4 R: 199 mph
  • Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory: 199 mph
  • MV Agusta F4CC: 195 mph
  • Suzuki GSX1300 R Hayabusa: 194 mph
  • MV Agusta F4 R 312: 194 mph
  • BMW S1000RR: 188 mph

Frequently asked questions about the world’s fastest motorcycle

The turbine-powered MTT 420-RR is currently the fastest bike in the world with a top speed of 273 mph (439 km/h). Check our list of the fastest bikes in the world to see the full ranking.

Featuring a 449cc 4-stroke engine and a rugged steel frame, the KTM 450 SX-F is the fastest dirt bike in the world with a top speed of 123 mph (198 km/h).

Rocky Robinson holds the claim to fame as the fastest bike rider in the world, setting a motorcycle land speed record of 376 mph (605 km/h) in 2010.

The MTT 420-RR is street-legal, allowing it to also claim the fastest street bike in the world title with its top speed of 273 mph (439 km/h).

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