Do you have a need for speed? Yeah us too! This past weekend the Shark Kage™ crew geared up to go sling some mud in the desert and celebrate our long weekend with a camping trip! One of our guys had a couple of dirt bikes loaded up onto the worktable of our aluminum truck ramps and the thought occurred to me… What are the 5 fastest dirt bikes out there right now? This is what I found!
Estimated Speed: 87 MPH
Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Weight: 243 lbs
From Honda.com “There’s big news for 2015: an all-new Engine Mode Select button lets you choose between three settings (Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive), just by pushing a handlebar-mounted button. It’s an industry first for MX bikes, and it’s going to make tuning your bike for changing track conditions a snap. With our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool, it’s easily adjustable to specific track conditions and refines your settings in place of the smooth and aggressive settings on the engine mode selector.
Next, the CRF450R’s revolutionary KYB Air Fork features new high-speed/low-speed compression and rebound damping, letting you dial in the CRF450R’s suspension in much quicker. The new exhaust port header design and compact dual exhaust further enhance mass centralization. And the new head design provides more top end power and over-rev.
Plus, there’s stronger transmission gears, a new piston, more flywheel mass, a new rear shock that’s easier to adjust and a new 260mm front brake lets you haul down all that speed with more stopping power. The list just keeps going on.”
Estimated Speed: 89 MPH
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head
Weight: 247.1 lbs
From Kawasaki.com “It’s no secret that Monster Energy Kawasaki has been dominating the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series, with Ryan Villopoto piloting his Monster Energy® Kawasaki KX450F-based race bike to four consecutive AMA Supercross Championships in 2011 through 2014. Villopoto’s skills are undeniable, but the race-ready Kawasaki KX450F allows the legendary racer to brake later, carve deeper and accelerate harder thanks to a technology package and powerful yet tractable motor unrivaled by any production motocross bike. 2015 sees the KX450F rise to another level with greater rider adjustability along with chassis, suspension and brake upgrades aimed at maximizing performance for a variety of riders in most every condition. This ensures it is now easier than ever to access the performance of the KX450F and tailor it to fit the rider’s needs.”
ATK 700 Intimidator
Estimated Speed: 110 MPH
Engine Type: 2-Stroke Single
Weight: 238 lbs
From CheatSheet.com “Whether packing the Maico 620 or 700 engine, the limited edition ATK Intimidator has always been in the running for fastest dirt bike in the world. The 700 houses a 685cc two-stroke engine capable of 78 hp for a bike with a dry weight of just 238 pounds. Compared to the fastest dirt bikes that have ever been tested, an ATK Intimidator would have a clear edge with the right modifications. Racers have pushed the 700 Intimidator to speeds over 110 mph. It seems like only a matter of time before that gets pushed above the record mark. Its year may come in 2014.”
KTM 450 SX-F
Estimated Speed: 123 MPH
Engine Type: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
From KTM.com “If maximum power is required, there is no other way but the 450 SX-F. This model has proven itself in the main championships around the world over the years. Thanks to its compact SOHC (single overhead camshaft) engine that delivers explosive but controllable power, it is the weapon of choice for the US KTM Factory Team and Ryan Dungey winning the AMA Supercross championship 2015.”
BMW 1200 GS Adventure
Estimated Speed: 125 MPH
Engine Type: Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
Weight: 573 lbs
From BMWMotorcycles.com “You like extreme and long tours? On rough roads, over stony tracks out in the wild, too? Tarmac, offroad, stones and sand: These are the challenges the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is longing to master with its easy and agile handling. A machine for those who want to test their limits and go beyond them. Or to put it briefly: A motorcycle for riders who are seeking real adventure and don’t want to miss out on a great deal of riding pleasure in the process.
Conquer any type of terrain on an adventure bike that meets all your practical needs. Two standard-fitted ride modes – “Rain” and “Road” – are available at the press of a button and offer two completely different, finely tuned riding experiences. It’s like having two motorcycles in one. Further riding modes are also available as an option. 7.9 gallons in the fuel tank combined with the engine’s optimized fuel efficiency really make you “unstoppable” on and off the road making unwanted stops a thing of the past. In addition the standard level of equipment was improved, e.g. to include an on-board computer. This enables perfect navigation and provides the rider with useful data such as fuel level, average speed and fuel consumption. This travel adventure machine is rounded off by a newly integrated compartment above the tank which allows you to keep small items within reach at all times.
The R 1200 GS Adventure responds dynamically in any situation thanks to the legendary 92 lb-ft of flat-twin torque and 125 bhp delivered by the new, air/liquid-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine.”
Now imagine showing off one of these lifestyle toys to your friends. You would probably like to get the bike on the back of your truck and transport it to a tradeshow or track to use it and what else should you use to do that? You can rely on Shark Kage™ loading ramps to safely load your precious dirt bike on the back of your truck. Check out how it works on the video below.