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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-25-2005, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Drag racing motorcycles thread.........

since a few threads have gone to dragracing, might as well start one just for it...who has gone to the track, what kind of times and mainly what was your 60 foot time.....

bike magazines always posts the 1/4 mile times of all the new motorcycles in them..but getting those numbers isnt as easy as it seem, as people that have taken their bikes to the track have found out....

the big difference in dragracing to roadracing, is in dragracing you only have one shot at winning..screw up and youve lost...in roadracing if you mess up a turn, you can make it up somewhere..(unless its the last turn of the race ) in dragracing its a one shot deal and you better get it right..

launching a bike is the hardest part, cutting a good light takes practice also...the rest of the run is easy, anyone can put the throttle to the stops and run it through the gears....

the 60 foot time on your slip , tells you how well you have launched your bike...
heres my imput on 60' times.

2.2 secs.....better go take up roadracing (j/k)

2.0 -2.2....not good, youd be lucky to get a busa in the 10's with that time

1.8-1.9..getting there, at least your in the ballpark

1.7-1.8 very good, u should be running the times your bike is listed at..

under 1.7 people pay you to ride their bikes in big races

so whos gone to the strip, like it hate it...lets hear it.
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I've never been, but I would like to go watch it, the power those bikes make is amazing...but not something I would ever be intrested in doing myself, seems too limited...from what I see you need 3 things to drag...

1 - ballz
2 - money
3 - good timing

seems to me, as long as you get a good launch and can hold on, you are doing OK...i think it would be boring to get all set up to go out for a day and only launch a few times and be done...but who knows, maybe once you experiance a 1/4 mile in like 9 seconds, you get hooked...



Mike - i live my life a quarter mile at a time
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I've never been, but I would like to go watch it, the power those bikes make is amazing...but not something I would ever be intrested in doing myself, seems too limited...from what I see you need 3 things to drag...

1 - ballz
2 - money
3 - good timing

seems to me, as long as you get a good launch and can hold on, you are doing OK...i think it would be boring to get all set up to go out for a day and only launch a few times and be done...but who knows, maybe once you experiance a 1/4 mile in like 9 seconds, you get hooked...



Mike - i live my life a quarter mile at a time
almost every track has a run what ya brung during the week..all its gonna cost ya is the entrance fee..usually 15.00-25.00...wear your leathers, gloves helmets etc and try it out....its fun, takes no balls just practice to do it right , and who knows...you might even like it.

the only down side is, if you have a big litre bike and do track days, your gonna have to do a burn out at the dragstrip, to get some grip on the tires and you really dont want a flat spot on your roadracing tires...but if you have a 750 and below, you usually can get away without doing a burnout since your main problem isnt traction but controlling the front end reaching for the sky on these bikes....
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-25-2005, 11:13 AM
 
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Drag race your pocket bike Mike.
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or how about 9 second snow mobiles with little wheels on the front ski's....that has got to be the most insane thing i ever saw...theres quite a few at new england dragway in new hampshire...the wheels on the ski's in front look like they came off my office chair ....lots of 10 and 11 second snowmobiles...pretty intense ride but good for all year riding i guess.....
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when i was a kid we used to go and watch sled races all the time on a lake nearby. I havn't been in a few years but they still race out there every winter. unbelievable how fast some of thos things are! Whether it's little wheels or skis on the front they don't do much anyway. You pretty much steer with body english
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Thats it..Im moddin out the Kat for the track now !!!
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when i was a kid we used to go and watch sled races all the time on a lake nearby. I havn't been in a few years but they still race out there every winter. unbelievable how fast some of thos things are! Whether it's little wheels or skis on the front they don't do much anyway. You pretty much steer with body english
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Yeah we're just starting to see all the snowmobile drag races on the ice up here in Maine. Havent' caught one yet. Snow cancelled saturdays. I post up when I gets some input.
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Jack, i see what you mean by the little wheels now. Never seen them run on dry land, but i know on ice the skis barely touch the ice the whole run. Thats what i meant by steering with body english.

Do they do that too on land? or do the tend to stay on the ground more?

I'll have to keep my eye open this summer for a couple dry land races and go check one out.
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Jack, i see what you mean by the little wheels now. Never seen them run on dry land, but i know on ice the skis barely touch the ice the whole run. Thats what i meant by steering with body english.

Do they do that too on land? or do the tend to stay on the ground more?

I'll have to keep my eye open this summer for a couple dry land races and go check one out.
it looks like there touching all the way, It looks like there using body english also but i do think it sort of steers like a dragster..i guess the wheels are rated for high speeds but they look so flimsy and these things rip up the 1/4 mile..pretty impressive machines..

ok, enough of the snowmobiles and pocket bikes, who has brought their bike to the dragstrip?????
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never on gravel but ive beat my friend 2004 450r with my 85 YZ 250 that is somethin to be proud about !!! he races at meets too
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1970 on a 1969 500 Kawasaki Mach III 12.8 Don't remember the 60' or if they even had it then.
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I took my Kat 600 to the 1/8 mile track here. Don't have any of the time slips, though. Think best was about 8.3 (it's a Kat, what did you expect?) but have no idea on 60' time.
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on my 1989 gsxr1100 with a stock swingarm, pipe and jetkit and stock motor my best was a 10.3 @131mph with a 1.65 60' time..i use to eat zx11's at the time....not too many gsxr1100's could do that at the track.....

i freshened the motor with 1186 pistons and head work and added a nos kit, and the 4" added to the swingarm. i ran a 9.8 @152mph the bike was a bear to launch and had a tough time with traction and only ran a 1.8 60'...if i could get it to hook up and a better 60' time, it should have ran low 9 seconds, but unfortunatly i blew the motor before i got more runs in at the dragstrip, bike was great on the street though......

was funny that i had a lot of money put into the motor and i needed to use the nos to beat a stock busa with a good rider at the drags...if the rider didnt know what he was doing, i could beat him on the motor alone..but i always had the juice armed

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A guy at my work is the head mechanic for a snowmobile drag team. In the summer they do lawn drags... Somin funny and cool about the whole thing...

But I'm sorry I must agree with Desmo...




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, but unfortunatly i blew the motor before i got more runs in at the dragstrip, bike was great on the street though...... :
This is probably why I don't run my bike at the strip. Every wednesday night in the summer, $30 will get you as many runs as you can at Bandimere 1/4 mile just outside Denver.

Here's (if I did the attachment right) an old Kawasaki that ran 9.86 at 141MPH at 6,000 feet elevation. For more info on Kawasaki triples www.purplehazeracing.com.
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This is probably why I don't run my bike at the strip. Every wednesday night in the summer, $30 will get you as many runs as you can at Bandimere 1/4 mile just outside Denver.

Here's (if I did the attachment right) an old Kawasaki that ran 9.86 at 141MPH at 6,000 feet elevation. For more info on Kawasaki triples www.purplehazeracing.com.
those number correct down pretty good too at sea lever,,very nice runs.....and i blew up the motor on rte 128, not at the drags ..too many juice runs on the highway,,
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Hey Dog!!! Have you seen your doctor lately? Why the Hel! would you move from Mass. to Maine in the winter??
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Hey Dog!!! Have you seen your doctor lately? Why the Hel! would you move from Mass. to Maine in the winter??
cause we got more snow than he does...he must have moved up to maine to get away from all this snow
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