For motorcycles meant to deliver thrills off paved roads, reaching blistering high speeds may seem like an afterthought. Jumps, skids, and climbs provide enough excitement for most dirt bike riders. However, you have to arrive at the patch of earth first, so you might as well entertain yourself on the commute.
If that’s where your head is at, we have a list of two-wheelers you’re going to enjoy. Dirt bikes with off-road capabilities can manage speeds over 100 miles per hour with the right rider, conditions, and level of sanity. Here are the 12 fastest dirt bikes in the world.
Note: To keep our list focused on the dirt, we kept it to supermoto and dual-sport bikes weighing less than 450 pounds.
12. Honda CRF 450R
Top speed: 87 mph
Many dirt bike enthusiasts say the Honda CRF 450R can beat any other dirt bike in a race with the right rider in control. Honda’s all-new model for 2017 brought new transmission ratios, shorter exhausts, narrower valves, and a few ounces in weight savings. The result is a bike made to win races with agility and superior handling. The 449cc liquid-cooled engine provides the power when there is a straight shot for riders. Racers have hit 87 mph riding this rugged Honda.
11. Yamaha WR 250R
Top speed: 89 mph
Weighing in at 295 pounds wet, the Yamaha WR250R has more heft than you might expect at first glance. Nonetheless, the 250cc engine provides enough oomph to get the road-worthy version up to a top speed of 88.8 miles per hour (as tested by Motorcycle News). For sprints to 60 miles per hour, the WR250R takes 8.71 seconds to hit the mark.
10. Suzuki DR-Z400SM
Top speed: 94 mph
Some say you should not take Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM to the dirt with those massive rotors. However, an experienced rider will have a blast with a good set of knobby tires and a little caution. In terms of speed, you will never have any issue with this model’s acceleration (4.54 to 60 miles per hour) or peak (94 miles per hour). For a true off-road machine, consider buying a second set of rugged wheels for the DR-Z400SM.
9. Honda XR650L
Top speed: 98 mph
If you want a dual-sport classic at a great price, it would be hard to top the value of a Honda XR650L. Its reputation as one of the best off-road models that can handle the streets stands after a long run. Meanwhile, this bike has lost nothing in terms of performance over the years. The XR650L can reach a top speed of 98 miles per hour. Acceleration on tarmac is adequate, requiring 5.83 seconds to 60 miles per hour.
8. Kawasaki KLR650
Top speed: 98 mph
Like a few other bikes on our list, the Kawasaki KLR 650 skews more to the street side of things, but its off-road capabilities are solid. The redesign between 2006 and 2008 earned rave reviews, and as competitors entered the scene it remained an excellent value (it’s still a perennial best-seller). In terms of speed, it can hit 98 miles per hour in its fastest editions (i.e., 2006 models) and still reach speeds in the mid-90s in later models. It hits 60 miles per hour in 6.04 seconds from a stop.
7. Husqvarna FE 501 S
Top speed: 101.5 mph
With 58 horsepower from the 510cc engine, the 2016 Husqvarna FE 501 street model delivers plenty of power for anyone hunting for a dual-sport machine. Combined with the weight savings delivered in this model, this bike can match the top speed of 650 editions from before the manufacturer’s KTM era. In fact, the 501 dirt model broke 100 in informal testing. Street models will match the 101.5 miles per hour once clocked on the TR650 by Motorcycle News. Sprinting to 60 takes about 4.5 seconds.
6. MuZ Baghira
Top speed: 102 mph
Since its disappearance in 2007, the MuZ Baghira has endured as one of the classics of the dual-sport segment. For a bike considered more street than trail-worthy, it takes a while (5.22 seconds) to hit 60 miles per hour. However, its power output sent it to impressive top speeds, once topping 102 miles per hour in tests. Exhilaration on- and off-road was always Baghira’s biggest selling point, and those who can track one down used can get it cheap.
5. BMW G650 XChallenge
Top speed: 104 mph
What if you could top 100 miles per hour with ease, then cut into the dirt just as easily in a Bimmer? From 2006-09, BMW offered riders the answer in the form of the G650 XChallenge. A more off-road ready version of the XCountry from the same period, XChallenge ran off the tarmac without hesitation. On the road, it was a decent burner, taking 4.78 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and peaking at 104.
4. ATK Intimidator
Top speed: 110 mph
Whether packing the Maico 620 or 700 engine, the limited edition ATK Intimidator has long 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.
3. Beta 450RS
Top speed: 110.9 mph
It may be street legal in all 50 states, but the Beta 450 RS is a pure dirt bike. Weighing in at 283 pounds wet, the Italian-built gem peaked near 111 miles per hour in 2011. This model is all about maximizing the power-to-weight ratio, and the performance specs bear that out. Getting to 60 miles per hour takes 5.25 seconds, but the fun only begins there. Fold up the mirrors and attack the trail with all the power you could want.
2. Aprilia RXV 5.5
Top speed: 113 mph
Though listed at 303 pounds with fluids in their tanks, the Aprilia RXV 5.5 had the reputation of a bike that feels much lighter. The 549cc engine offered 55 horsepower in that small frame and, while only the supermoto version was street-legal, this bike was among the fastest in the class. Testers pushed the street model to 113 miles per hour with a sprint to 60 lasting just 4.16 seconds. Much heavier Dorsoduro models delivered only marginally better performance.
1. KTM 450 SX-F
Top speed: 123 mph
KTM always produced bikes challenging for fastest two-wheeler on the planet. In the dirt bike category, the 450 SX-F was a Motocross Champion under rider Ryan Dungey. The 449cc engine is used to power a bike weighing just 237 pounds. Equipped with the right rider, KTM 450 bikes will win races among any sprinting dirt bikes. With a top speed of 123 mph, nothing under 450 pounds can compare, so feel free to “drop the hammer.”