Without a whole lot of fanfare, MV Agusta has slipped out their new F4R312 and made the rather bold claim it’s now the new world’s fastest production motorcycle. The 312 in the name represents 312 km/h, or 194 mph which beats all of the other speed limited machines, ZX-14 included. What does the big Kawasaki do without restrictions? There are varying accounts but since the bike in the showroom will not go that fast, MV Agusta may indeed have the crown, though I have not heard of any independent tests confirming those numbers.
What does it really mean? As I’ve noted before, various supercars routinely break 200mph in stock form, the Bugatti runs somewhere around 250 mph, so why motorcycles must be limited to the arbitrary 300km/h or 186 mph number makes little sense, especially when 186 is not a lot different in the realm of real or perceived danger than 196 or 206 or any other number plucked from the air. Yes, motorcycles are more dangerous at high speeds than cars but they’re a bit risky at low speeds, too, the differing treatment is bureaucracy at work. If MV Agusta sells an unrestricted bike will the other companies follow or ignore the challenge? I imagine it might depend on whether anyone can duplicate the claimed numbers on a stock F4R312. Time (and speed) will tell.
Link: MV Agusta