How to make 200cc feel very, very fast

20 April 2015

How to make 200cc feel very, very fast

What makes a motorcycle feel fast? Torque? Well-set up suspension? How about proximity to other things.  On a wide-open airstrip, 150 mph can pass with just a bit of helmet bobbling, while 50 mph blast through a 1/2 lane wide gap through race fans feels like warp-speed.  Here’s proof, direct from a town in Columbia:


These are 200cc two-stroke supermotos, which can’t be making more than 40 bhp.  The on-board footage, however, looks faster than any superbike.  That’s why Enduro racing can be such a thrill, even on a bike with a tiny engine.


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