In real world road conditions, every rider knows that motorcycles are faster than cars. It's not just a power to weight thing either, we're able to exploit our size advantage to: a) move to the outside of corners for better vision, allowing more speed with more safety and b) move through traffic safely and efficiently in a way no car ever could. Car drivers just don't get it, trotting out on-paper performance numbers for impossibly expensive cars that are occasionally better than those of their two-wheeled counterparts. But now we have them definitively beaten. The 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa is quicker than the fastest car in the world.
Frightened of expensive insurance rates and draconian legislation, most motorcycle manufacturers don’t release official performance data or even power figures. So until now, we didn’t know how fast the new Hayabusa was. England’s BIKE magazine hooked up a GPS data logger, took a stock 2008 Hayabusa to an airstrip and recorded the numbers; here they are compared to official data on the Bugatti Veyron.
182bhp (measured at rear wheel) – Suzuki Hayabusa
1,001bhp (measured at crank) – Bugatti Veyron