Viewing post #659148 by NEILMUIR1
|Dear AnnaZ, I have never been on a drag strip as we only have one Drag strip in this country! Harley's do have big engines in them 1200-1300-1400 cc whereas the two strokes I used to race are 250cc, 350cc and a maximum of 500cc. However when Kenny Roberts your American world champion was Racing at Spa Francochamps (Belgium) in the 500cc Grand Prix he broke the speed record on the straight before you get to the hairpin bend at 212 mph in the wet! The two strokes are very light and very fast, but the engines do not last long! Most of us here learn at an early age on MotoX bikes or Dirt bikes, then go onto to 125cc and work up on the Road or Racing bikes. It is best to learn on the mud first as if you go to a Race/Road track and it rains they do not stop a race in the UK, you Race in the wet no matter what the conditions. Overseas they tend not to Race in the rain, unless it is a Grand Prix or MotoGP as it is called now.
Never believe anyone that tells you the straw bales they put on the side of the tracks are there for the safety of the riders. When you hit one of them at 140 mph it hurts!
The Ducati 999 I occasionally get to have a ride on now is Race tuned and that does 190+ mph and that is considered slow now as some of the 600 cc bikes can do 180mph straight out of the showroom.