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    Harley Chopper vs Honda Sport Bike in a drag race

    WARNING: I do not condone drag racing on the street.

    This is an oldie but goldie. It shows that one should never underestimate an old crappy-looking bike and also one should never underestimate the man who rides it. They say that racing is 90% rider and 10% bike. Let's see . . .

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    I have seen this many times. The sportbike rider has no clue how to launch, the Harley doesn't have enough power to lift the extended front fork so he can just nail it and go. Plus the race was maybe one city block long. Make it two blocks and the sportbike would catch up and blow on by.
    It was a poor race by any standard. Two motorcycles, neither used in the fashion they were designed. The sportbike is built to run at high speeds, not drag race, no torque, only high RPM HP. The Harley is a cruiser, tons of low RPM torque, no high RPM HP. I have raced Harleys with my sportbike a few times. They might get me on the launch but when they are shifting into second gear I am rolling on by.

    Somewhere I have video of my 2003 RI running under 10 second quarter mile at the local track. That Harley chopper sure won't run anything close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I have seen this many times. The sportbike rider has no clue how to launch, the Harley doesn't have enough power to lift the extended front fork so he can just nail it and go. Plus the race was maybe one city block long. Make it two blocks and the sportbike would catch up and blow on by.
    It was a poor race by any standard. Two motorcycles, neither used in the fashion they were designed. The sportbike is built to run at high speeds, not drag race, no torque, only high RPM HP. The Harley is a cruiser, tons of low RPM torque, no high RPM HP. I have raced Harleys with my sportbike a few times. They might get me on the launch but when they are shifting into second gear I am rolling on by.

    Somewhere I have video of my 2003 RI running under 10 second quarter mile at the local track. That Harley chopper sure won't run anything close.
    You can hear it. All lots of low end torque for the first 100 feet.
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    I should have made myself more clear (smileys?) in my opening post. I posted this as a tongue-in-cheek joke. I didn't intend for it to be a serious discussion of drag racing. And I definitely don't condone it for the streets -- I should have put that disclaimer in too. (Fixed)
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