9. 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa

1999 Suzuki Hayabusa

The 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa is the reason why the Japanese manufacturers have a gentleman’s agreement in place to limit the top speed of their motorcycles to 300 kph (186 mph). To stun the industry so much that you get the four major players to agree on something means you’ve accomplished a major feat.

At the time, the all-new 1999 Hayabusa’s 1299cc four cylinder was capable of pushing the bike to speeds up to 194 mph in stock form, nudging the edge of the magic 200-mph mark. The following year, the gentleman’s agreement was established and has been honored to this day, making the ’99 model the fastest stock motorcycle ever built. Needless to say, the original Hayabusa was a beast. And if you can find an unmolested one today, grab it.