a Terry Kizer tuned Mr. Turbo ZX-11 went 252 or something over a decade ago for test in Motorcyclist magazine.
NLR systems has a Hayabusa that pulls over 600hp
for years, there have been stories of ZX-11s and Hayabusa with over 500hp at the rear wheel.
so if its taken over a decade to go from a 252mph ZX-11 to a 260mph Hayabusa, when that there are more powerful hayabusas around, I get the feeling that nobody was trying hard enough.
perhaps that 252mph ZX-11 wasn't an official run so nobody bothered chasing it. But frankly, with that bike in my mind and with all the 500hp hayabusas around, I am impressed with this 260mph bike, but I am not buying that its as big a deal as MO is telling us.
Its about a bloody time somebody produces a a bone stock cruiser with a decent engine. Doesn´t have to go around corners fast, or go 200 MPH, but must be able to cruise nicely and when twisting the handle must be able to give that ABSOLUTE VERTIGO FEELING
ah, I got so absorbed by the "fastest open wheel motorcycle" thing, I dazed for the "one mile" thing.
still, even as a 1 mile thing, I think its mostly because no one was really trying. In my view the performance community has been so focused on dyno numbers (bikes that aren't even ridable running in contests), and on 1/4 mile performance, that nobody's invested the time and resources to focus on this thing. Since 475whp is not nearly at the leading edge of what these bikes are putting down, my guess is, anyone with the interest could have done this.
my suspicion is unchanged, which is that this is not something that other people were all desperately trying for and these guys succeeded where others didn't. I think just enough people weren't trying.
Vrod is a fast cruiser only if you think cruising is a 8000 rpm thing. But real cruising at some 3000-5000 rpm delivers wheeny 35-65 hp on the rear wheel. That is not fast. Rocket III gives 80-120 hp in the same rev range, that is fast but not vertigo.
"Bidness" takes me to Charlotte & Mooresville a bit more often than I'd like - fine up there, but the drive from here to there and back is just miserable. But I digress....you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a race shop, keweeel fab shop, etc., in most industrial areas up there. Mighty fine area to be stuck a-workin'.
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