Countless hours have been won and lost chatting - or arguing - about the top ten fastest bikes, the classics, the not-so-classics, and the “if only we won the lottery” bikes. Well, we thought we’d pull together a top ten of the top ten. From the most futuristic to the fastest female, to the most terrifying bike out of hell, you won’t have seen anything quite like this list of lists before but it will definitely give you something to talk about with your friends and family that’s for sure.
1. Most Futuristic Motorcycle
The TRON lightcycle surely has to come top of the list for being the most futuristic? It’s not supposed to even exist in real life, only inside an arcade game, but a fully-functional movie-replica was built and sold at auction for $77,000!
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2. The Fastest Female Motorcycle Rider
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Eva Håkansson set a world record in 2014 for being the fastest female motorcycle rider, by riding her electric bike - yes, electric - KillaJoule at a speed of 270.224 mph. Did we also mention she spent five years designing and building it too? Go Eva!
3. The Mightiest Motorcycle
With a whopping 8.3L engine, the Dodge Tomahawk, although not road-legal is probably the main contender for the prize of being the widest, heaviest and all round biggest beast not-on-the-street.
4. Most Popular State For Motorcyclists
Ever wondered which state has the most registered motorcycles in the US? Well wonder no more. Thanks to Motorcycleroads.com and their very informative infographic we now know California has the most registered motorcycles compared to other US states with a whooping 801,803! In second place is Florida with 574,176, followed by Texas with 438,551. The Golden State also features an impressive eight times in "The top 100 most popular motorcycle roads" by Motorcycleroads.com. Blessed with over 1,100 miles of Pacific Coast shoreline, countless miles of canyon and twisted mountain road riding, it's easy to understand why.
5. Most tangled in barbed-wire motorcycle
No prizes for guessing this one! It simply has to be Steve McQueen leaping into the barbed-wire fence riding a Triumph TR6 Trophy in the the Great Escape. There goes your no claims discount Steve!
6. Most Rebellious "Motorcycle"
Photo - "Innocenti-lambretta-125" by Tprof
It couldn’t be anything else could it? The humble scooter, in this case the Lambretta, is the symbol of British youth culture in the 1960s and was the favourite transport of the fashion-conscious Mods (Modernists). It hit the silver screen when Phil Daniels (aka Jimmy) road one past the Palace Pier in Brighton in the film “Quadrophenia” way back in 1979.
7. Most Expensive Motorcycle Sold at Auction
Photo - "Harley-Davidson Museum Easy Rider Captain America Bike" by Danemroberts
The winner of this award is the Captain America chopper from the film Easy Rider - which surely also wins the award for being the most laidback motorcycle in our list? It was sold in Los Angeles in October 2014 for a whopping £840,000 (approximately $1.35 million).
8. Most Heroic Motorcycle
Photo - "Batpod" by Gavatron
OK, it’s technically called the “Batpod” but who’s checking? It’s still a bike if it has two wheels with 20” tyres! Ridden by Batman in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, this has got to be on every kid’s Christmas list, although mum and dad would have to disable the grappling hooks, cannons and machine guns of course.
9. Most Terrifying Motorcycle!
As far as we’re concerned it has to be Ghost Rider’s skeletal, flame-engulfed chopper! You’d certainly skip a heartbeat if you saw this tearing along the motorway that’s for sure. We’re guessing getting an insurance quote would be something of a challenge when they find out your soul belongs to the devil.
10. The Fastest Motorcycle By Acceleration
Photo - "Zastava Yugo 55 vs Motorcycle - Flickr - jns001" by János Tamás - Zastava Yugo 55 vs Motorcycle.
And what top ten would be complete without a mention of the fastest bike? The R1000 sport bike from Suzuki's GSX-R series is the current record holder - by acceleration - and once recorded a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.35 seconds!
This post was put together in association with our friends over at Bikesure Insurance!