0-60mph in 2.5 Seconds!
Acceleration is very addictive.
It’s one of those things that most people may never experience on a very extreme level. Maybe the moment when an airplane starts its stampede down the runway will be familiar to most people.
I myself used to love that bit. What a rush!
And then I got into sportsbikes, and it’s all a bit ‘meh’ when it takes off now!
I even had a go on the ‘fastest accelerating rollercoaster in the Universe’ Rita Queen Of Speed at Alton Towers – and while it was pretty quick it wasn’t anything unusual to what I do commuting to work every day.
I’ve said before many times that unless you’ve been on a sportsbike you can’t even begin to imagine it. The biggest mind-blower is how the damn things will pick up their petticoat and leg it with the slightest provocation. It’s seriously unreal.
I saw a few YouTube videos where people were having a go at filming their 0-60mph times, and as I’ve already uploaded a video showing the top speed my bike does in first gear, I figured I’d have a go at this challenge myself.
First off, I found that it’s not as easy as you might think. I mean, to go out and do this legally, you need a nice flat, uncambered road with masses of visibility behind (so you don’t get splattered), and obviously a speed limit of at least 60mph. Even finding all this you then have to get lucky with traffic.
Then the realisation set in that I’ve never actually practised race starts on a bike before. I know in theory you hold the revs high, drop the clutch, and then flip over backwards and die in a cloud of tyre smoke, flames, and excrement. And almost certainly tear your pinafore.
Hence I just did this as I would pulling away from traffic lights – giving it a big handful and dropping the clutch as quickly as I could whilst trying to keep the front end down.
I’m under no illusions that someone with more skills couldn’t easily beat these times on my own bike. I’m not a racer, the rear (Pirelli Angel ST) tyre wasn’t even spinning up, and the front hardly lifted. Because that’s as far as I wanted to push it on public roads. It is still well within the limits of the bike… Plus I had to roughly time this on a rickety old video editing package, as the ONE time the bloody time stamp on the camera would have been useful, it doesn’t show tenths of a second! ARGH!
Life moves pretty fast when you can pull out 3 second 0-60 runs any time you want.
And do you know what?
You get used to it very quickly, and want it to do it twice that fast!