Back in the day, long before I was but a glimmer in my parents’ eyes, single-cylinder motorcycles ruled the roost when it came to road racing. If you wanted to go fast or be top dog, then you hopped on a Single. Any number of manufacturers were building them because popping out one cylinder was much easier than pumping out multi-cylindered machines, but the early history of road racing belonged to British Singles.

In this Top 10, we celebrate one-lunged racing machines with an assortment of models. Britain, clearly, has the most representation on this list, but other locales that have contributed to racing make an appearance, too. Yes, we realize Singles are alive and well in off-road racing, but for the purposes of this list we’re going to stick with blacktop. With that, here we go.