Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money

The addition of a supercharger to both bikes has made a difference; can you guess which bike is quicker off the line?

Pitting a Harley-Davidson against a Honda CBR1000RR is almost never a good idea. But when you bring superchargers into the equation, things get VERY interesting indeed.

So which one would win between the two? Well, that is exactly what 44Teeth tried to find out when they pit a supercharged Harley-Davidson against a supercharged Honda CBR1000RR in a drag race. Here’s how it went.

The Competitors

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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Both the CBR1000RR and the Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Breakout come from UK-based TTS Performance

Both motorcycles come from U.K.-based TTS Performance, an expert in catering to all kinds of supercharger needs. Apart from being supercharged though, both bikes are mostly stock featuring their stock tires, swingarms, and bodywork.

The CBR1000RR is a 2013 model which uses a 999cc, inline-four cylinder engine putting out 177 horsepower in its stock avatar. This one, however, makes upwards of 250 horsepower on the rear wheel, courtesy of the supercharger and its surrounding components. Not to forget, it packs a full system Akrapovic exhaust as well.

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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The Harley-Davidson makes 80 horsepower in its stock avatar but this one manages over 220 horsepower at the rear wheel

Meanwhile, the Harley-Davidson seen here is the Soft Tail Breakout featuring the company’s Milwaukee Eight V-twin engine pumping 80 horsepower. But again, with the supercharger, intercooler, power commander, straight pipes, and aftermarket cams, this one puts out over 220 horsepower on the rear wheel, which is nothing short of bonkers.

Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR vs Supercharged Harley-Davidson Drag Race

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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You see, as soon as the race begins, it’s actually the Harley-Davidson that gets the jump, courtesy of its long wheelbase, wider tire, and heavier weight

Before we get into it, let me tell you that this wasn’t a timed drag race and more of a fun drag race to see how both these bikes do. Nevertheless, the folks at TTS Performance did take these bikes onto a drag strip and I’ll reveal their times in a bit.

With that out of the way, let’s come to the race. With nearly 30 horsepower more, the ball is clearly in the CBR1000RR’s court, right? Well, wrong.

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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Likewise, this CBR1000RR belts out over 250 horsepower. Clear win for the Honda, right? Well, not really

You see, as soon as the race starts, the Harley-Davidson catapults ahead of the CBR1000RR. The latter does eventually catch up and pass the Harley, but it takes its fair bit of time.

This is primarily because the CBR1000RR weighs quite less than the Harley-Davidson while also packing a shorter wheelbase, which makes it wheelie all the time, thus slowing it down.

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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The CBR1000RR struggles a bit to put its power down but once hooked, it flies past the Harley. Want to know the official quarter-mile times of both bikes? Simply swipe up!

Meanwhile, the Harley operates like a proper drag bike and just does its job (of going fast) faultlessly, every time.

That being said, once the CBR1000RR rider figures out a way to put the power down in a smoother manner, there’s no catching it and all the Harley-Davidson can do is stay behind it.

The Conclusion

Drag Race: Watch A Supercharged Harley-Davidson Give A Supercharged Honda CBR1000RR A Run For Its Money
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Here’s a very interesting drag race between a supercharged Harley-Davidson and a supercharged Honda CBR1000RR by 44Teeth

Judging from this drag race, the Honda CBR1000RR is clearly the winner here. But according to TTS Performance, the Harley-Davidson clocked a quarter-mile time of 9.6 seconds while the Honda CBR1000RR completed the quarter-mile in 9.98 seconds. This was, however, due to all the wheelie-ing and if we’ve learned anything from this drag race, it’s that the CBR1000RR can surely go faster than the Harley when launched properly.

Watch the full video here:

Punya Sharma
Punya Sharma
An avid motorcyclist who's always up for a ride to the canyons or the race track. My riding skills are better than my writing skills. ;)  Read full bio
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