Most powerful single cylinder motorcycles

Top 3 most powerful single cylinder bikes ever made. Updated September 2020.

Motorcycle engine, in its most basic form, consists of only one cylinder and piston. Single cylinder engines are more compact and lightweight than twins, triples or quads.

All mopeds, small displacement motorcycles and purposeful off-road bikes, have single cylinder engines. The differences lay in the type of internal combustion cycle (2-stroke or 4-stroke) and other basic characteristics common for all engines, regardless of cylinder count.

Single cylinder engines are most limited in maximum RPM they can achieve, as they require larger bore or stroke to generate sufficient power with only one piston. This reduces maximum power, but keeps high low RPM torque.

For basic commuter bikes, mopeds or off-road bikes, this lost power is offset by greatly reduced weight, engine dimensions, as well as complexity and expense of having more moving parts.

# make & model Power (hp)▼ Image
1. 1990 Suzuki DR650 RS 46 Photo of 1990 Suzuki DR650 RS
2. 1989 Suzuki RMX 250 44 Photo of 1989 Suzuki RMX 250
3. 2015 Mahindra Mojo 27 Photo of 2015 Mahindra Mojo

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 09/30/2020, last addition - Mahindra Mojo.