It may sound like an F16 lining up to do a “Jet Fighter vs Motorcycle” race, but this is actually a combination of the machine we’re all passionate about and the military aircraft. This does indeed prepare for a drag run as power out of the corners is an aspect way above the manageable level of the chassis.
Why would people do that?...because they are defining the term “adrenaline junkie” by doing it and, of course, because they can.
Which better way to compare a Suzuki Hayabusa with a Kawasaki ZX14 then on a straight line? And which better place to do that then at the O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis?
The Hayabusa was going for a good run, but it seems that previous burnouts for worming out that rear tire worn it too much, ending up blowing. It is amazing that the rider was still conscious after such a crash and I can understand why it didn’t got up its feet.
There’s nothing sweeter than spending a weekend enjoying drag racing and when it comes to the rumble of those massive V-Twin motors powering Harley-Davidson drag motorcycles, the crowd is absolutely astonished. It is exactly the scenario from this month’s Harley Drag Race in Cecil County Maryland.
It is funny how this guy knows all the performance data of its drag electric motorcycle, but when it comes to doing a burnout – which is something ordinary for somebody who races on a straight line – it blows us away and ends up going to the hospital unconscious. I’d rather not see this, but it is a good lesson for all of you out there who think that electric motorcycles aren’t as powerful as the ones fed with petrol.
It is nice to see the sponsors on that cap, but wouldn’t a helmet do any better?
It seems that being environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up to all of those fun weekend incursions on the drag track (even though the one in this case is made of dirt).
Electric engines may not offer the same grunt as the ones fueled by methanol do, but it seems that they get the job done and participants open the throttle to the maximum lap after lap and there is great response to the strong request even though you may have to help the bike with your foot from time to time.
The KillaCycle is currently the fastest electric drag motorcycle in the world. It can go from 0-60MPH in 1.4 seconds and tops out the quarter mile in 8.7 seconds @ 145MPH! Now that’s fast. And best of all, it’s nearly silent.
The bike relies on 880 Lithium Ion batteries, producing a total of 374V at 1350A, for a total of about 350HP. The batteries are made by A123 Systems and use the latest in high performance battery technology. The secret to the A123 batteries is an active material particle size that’s much smaller than first generation Lithium Ion technologies. This results in a battery that has much faster kinetics, a higher power output, lower impedance and a wide temperature range.