The boys over at Hot Rod magazine have a nice little competition to find the quickest street machine. The problem with these kinds of competitions is usually enforcing what qualifies, but in their case street legal is only the beginning, you have to be able to actually survive a long road trip from drag strip to drag strip and compete with the parts you carry in or tow behind your car. That’s a neat idea. How about motorcycles, is anyone doing this?
Even stock bikes are pretty darned quick these days, quite a few can get into the nines. Not long ago we talked about the Hayabusa that was uncrated brand new, and seven hours later, made a pass in the eights. Still streetable, too, as far as I could tell.
These days you see a lot of guys on the street with extended swingarms, turbos, nitrous, big bore kits, just about everything needed to go fast, but could they survive a long road trip, too? Single purpose, limited use bikes might be quick but not really good for that two hundred mile trip to the next strip where you face off against the clock, only to do it again the next day.
Cars and trucks are doing this more often, Gale Banks has his world speed record diesel pickup. He towed his own parts to Bonneville, swapped a few parts like tires, ran 222mph, packed up and drove home. Now that’s a fast street machine. What could a bike do?
Terry Kizer, Mr. Turbo, has a nice bunch of turbo kits and he was making big numbers on the ZX-11 in the early 90’s and Sport Rider had one up to 215mph and it was a street bike. I don’t remember what the ETs were but they were pretty impressive, too. Think what 10 years of technical improvement should produce.
One caution though, how would you do this safely? An extreme performance motorcycle would make ridiculous numbers, both ET and top speed so the riders would have to be up to it. Building the bike is one thing, riding something that fast is another matter. Would be a neat competition though, don’t you think?