Motorcycle versus car drag race videos tend to be at least somewhat pointless. The huge disparity in power to weight ratios makes nearly every one of them a foregone conclusion. But this is a slightly different take on the whole thing. For one, the car is a Bugatti Veyron, a car that’s a bit faster than most. In addition it’s a half-mile race instead of a quarter-mile, and the two vehicles are taking off from 50mph rolling starts. This puts the two closer to reaching their top speeds, where the Bugatti has the advantage.

Except that the bike is a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, an absolute beast of a machine with 300 supercharged horsepower all wrapped in carbon fiber. The bike has a theoretical top speed of 250-260mph (still not quite as fast as the Bugatti, but pretty close) although nobody has actually taken one there yet. The H2R is technically a track bike, and not street legal, meaning that something like an Ariel Atom would have been a more appropriate match, but why nitpick when you could just sit back and enjoy a crazy fast drag race.

Why it matters

As the name implies, the H2R is the racing version of Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2 motorcycle. So new, in fact, that this is the first time that the H2R has ever been “raced” on American soil. Its newness is also the reason it hasn’t yet broken the production motorcycle top-speed record of 200mph set by the Suzuki Hayabusa, but look for that in the near future. This is, we assume, why a race was set up that would be genuinely difficult for most motorcycles. Any car short of a Veyron and it wouldn’t have been so clear just how fast the H2R really is.

Bugatti Veyron

2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport High Resolution Exterior
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