Friday, February 09, 2007

“GSX-Rs are for moped riders…”


He'll accelerate to almost 400km/h in less than six seconds...

“GSX-Rs are for moped riders. My bike will run the quarter mile in 5.809 seconds, crossing the line at 392km/h. It pulls 3G in acceleration – the same as a space shuttle. Some guys black out. It’ll drain blood from your head fast enough to make you faint.”

If you think MotoGP riders are tough (which of course they are…), meet Larry McBride, multi-time motorcycle drag racing champion from the US. His Top Fuel Dragster is powered by a supercharged 1400cc inline-four that makes more than 1200 horsepower. That power is transferred to the rear tyre – a 31-inch slick – via a two-speed gearbox, the bike weighs about 450 kilos, and talking to Performance Bikes magazine, McBride said that “A modern performance bike feels like a restricted moped compared to this.” Which isn’t surprising when you consider that while McBride’s Dragster weighs about twice as much as most litre-class superbikes, it’s also seven times as powerful. Cool!



Also see:
Twenty Years of the Suzuki GSX-R
2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
KTM Nitroduke: The world's most powerful KTM!
Drag Race: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Kawasaki ZZR1400

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

2 different types of sport & 2 different types of RUSH!!!
With drag racing u only get a rush for a few seconds but with SBK or motogp will lets but it this way (ppl will c u in a different prospective)!!!

Anonymous said...

exactly, I bet this "tuff guy" wouldn't be able to follow me through my favourite set of twisties on my Gsxr600. Drag bikes are for people too scared to take a corner!

garron said...

anyone can say anything...until it costs them something.until you've a ridden a bike powerful enough to cause people to black out you are flattering yourself if you think going through a few curves makes you a superhero.I know for a fact that many of us are topping out at around 200 mph these days,very few are clearing 240, but only a handful are doing it it in the quarter mile...and getting stopped again.I also know that those who have the most bark have the least bike.i've ridden it all,but power is power.

garron said...

I'm not being arrogant or anything,it's just that I think we all know that there's not a tire made(not to mention a rider or a machine)that could take that kind of power into a corner and back out again.at this level,it's all we can do to just keep it in a straight line,hang on and get it stopped again.it doesn't need to be that heavy-that's just to make it manageable and compliant.can you even imagine what this motor would do in any street or track bike if it could last out a full hour's ride?can you imagine what it would do to you?take one of the biggest,baddest turbo 'busa motors around that you can find,DOUBLE THAT and you begin to have some idea.forget the chassis-consider the motor.as far as the costume-well,anyone who can ride that kind of power on a regular basis may just have what it takes to actually try out for "superhero" but whatever you ride,ride well and REMEMBER: we're still only human after all...and Life has no re-set button and there's no rewind,either.This is NOT a video game.

Shamster said...

Hey Mr.Larry McBride, multi-time motorcycle drag racing champion from the US ......
Try taking that thing through a twisty road. Leave alone the motogp bikes... The GSXRs, R1s, Fireblades & Ninjas will kick your "behind" all the way!!
Btw.. Any old gutty rider CAN handle a dragster!! But not all dragster boys have the capability to ride bikes fast through the twisties!!!

Anonymous said...

well i think shamster said it all... Larry McBride may can handle the straight drag but id love 2 see him on the twisties on my GSX-R1000. he would have a mouthful of dirt and slashed in the first turn

Anonymous said...

What you makes you think he doesn't ride
curves....
also?
Do you really think that's the only bike he has or rides?
Open your eyes.

Anonymous said...

HP to HP,the bike he rides is to a stock GSXR what a GSXR is to a moped.
I think people run their mouths because they can't ride a bike.
Probably 12 year olds that don't have one anyway....

Anonymous said...

i used to be in the dragbike industry and if anyof you think you cand just "hop" on one of these and ride it under full throttle down the track while keeping it going straight,i would dearly love to see this.the front wheel doesn't touch the ground at allfrom start to finish.so how do you steer it?you hang off it in the direction you want to go,while keeping the throttle pinned and hanging on.don't kid yourselves...these are some of the fiercest accelerating things on the planet.there is more drag racing than going in a straight line.as for larry riding corners,i know him,and don't be so sure he can't do that.he's more well rounded than you think.

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