Special Feature: Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

A 200-mph Kawasaki ZX-10R-powered German Superbike for the street.

Special Feature: Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

The world needs another Open-class sportbike, right? Give it a catchy name—let's say "Asphaltfighters Stormbringer." Power it with a souped-up Kawasaki ZX-10R engine, then bill it as "world's fastest streetbike" with a top speed of 200 mph, able to accelerate from 0–186 mph in 13.9 seconds. Should your velocity ambition not extend so far, this superlative machine also accelerates from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The fuel-injected, dohc, 16-valve, 1000cc inline-Four makes "only" 220 hp at 13,500 rpm, so it was boosted (a whiff of nitrous?) to 280 hp "for short periods of time only above 112 mph." The computer is a "freely programmable" Bikerbox item, and the basic ZX-10R engine is reworked with altered porting and combustion chambers, forged pistons, plus unnamed internal wizardry by German "engine guru" Sepp Buchner.

These bespoke tailored missiles are the work of Warm Up Zweiradtechnik (www.warm-up-zweiradtechnik.de) of Aalen, Germany. Since we know dies for engine castings and chassis beams are not economic for low production runs, it's clear that what's going on here is application of Europe's finest accessories to a hotted-up production model, using advanced tuning techniques. Think of it as the two-wheel analogy to a Sauber Mercedes. A large-screen TV rear-view system is molded into the top of the gas tank. Your current speed is projected in large figures via WAECO heads-up display. What else would you expect for $86,250

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer

Asphaltfighters Stormbringer