While burying the speedometer deep into the triple digits in a car is exciting (and something you should only do on a track…obviously…), doing the same thing on a motorcycle ratchets the excitement up exponentially. And going wide-open on a street bike? Even more knuckle-bleaching, as the big-inch engine bellows between your legs and the avalanche of angry air – undiluted by a full fairing – attempts to throw you off the bike and throw the bike off the pavement.
Here are 20 two-wheeled tarmac scorchers guaranteed to thrill.
Casey Stoner extended his MotoGP Championship lead over Jorge Lorenzo after winning this weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway. Even after crashing heavily in qualifying, Jorge Lorenzo was still able to hold onto pole position for Sunday’s race. His lap time of 1’21.202 was only 0.072 seconds faster than Stoner’s best. Continue reading after the break for our recap of Sunday’s race as well as the rest of our coverage from Laguna Seca.
Owning a bike like the Yamaha R1 immediately temps one to throw common sense and rational thought out the window, replaced with sheer adrenaline and a fearless kamikaze attitude. But that doesn’t mean one should give in… That said, most motorcycle riders fall somewhere along the continuum between safe and cautious and sheer insanity. Our comrad in Moscow, featured in this video, is very much in the latter camp.
Lane splitting is common place in cities such as LA (where it is legal), but even the most confident bikers take head during rush hour traffic, waiting patiently for the opportune time to make a go. This guy takes things to a whole ‘nother level of the game, even rolling between outbound and inbound traffic. Toss in a few wheelies for good measure, a couple mirror taps and a wanton disregard for the laws of probability and we have an amazing video. Seeing is believing… Check it out after the jump.