11 American Sportbikes Built for Speed Demons 


Indian Sport Chief 

Muscle meets modernity in this bruiser. The 116 cubic inch, air-cooled V-twin engine churns out 121 horsepower, while the aggressive stance and sharp handling beg for canyon carving. 


Victory Octane 

This discontinued gem remains a legend. Its 1200cc, liquid-cooled engine delivers 104 horsepower, and the lightweight chassis dances through corners like a dream. Snag a used one if you can.


Harley-Davidson Streetfighter 975 

Don't underestimate this scrappy brawler. The 975cc, liquid-cooled V-twin punches above its weight with 112 horsepower, and the hooligan-inspired design turns heads wherever it goes. 


Buell 1190SX 

A cult classic, the 1190SX boasts a unique, fuel-injected 1190cc, liquid-cooled engine pumping out a whopping 175 horsepower. Its unconventional looks and raw power make it a true adrenaline machine. 


Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190RX 

The spiritual successor to the 1190SX, the EBR 1190RX refines the formula. It retains the 175 horsepower engine but sheds weight and sharpens handling, making it a track-focused monster. 


Zero SR/F 

Embrace the electric revolution! The SR/F boasts a 140kW electric motor churning out 190 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque instantly. It's silent, powerful, and a glimpse into the future of American speed. 


Lightning LS-218 

Another electric powerhouse, the LS-218 boasts a staggering 200 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. This American muscle car on two wheels rockets from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds, redefining electric performance. 


Curtiss Warhawk One 

This handcrafted beauty blends classic design with cutting-edge electric technology. Its massive battery pack delivers 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, all wrapped in a timeless aesthetic.


Indian FTR 1200 

This unique offering from Indian combines flat-track inspiration with sportbike performance. Its 1203cc V-twin engine delivers 122 horsepower, while its upright riding position and aggressive styling offer a different take on the traditional sportbike formula.  


Motus MST 

While sadly no longer in production, the Motus MST deserves a mention for its unique design and impressive performance. Its MV4 1650cc, 90-degree V4 engine pumped out a healthy 165 horsepower, making it a powerful and comfortable sport-touring option. 


Brammo Empulse RR 

Though discontinued, the Brammo Empulse RR pioneered electric sportbikes in the US market. Its electric motor delivered 54 horsepower and 66 lb-ft of torque, offering instant acceleration and a glimpse into the future of American performance.