If ‘fast on the straights, slow in the corners’ is your kind of riding, this week’s pick of the (usually quirky) ads might be right up your drag strip, writes Scott Redmond
Drag racing is one of those sports that encourages clever motorcyclists to explore the art of extracting maximum power from their machines. Certain models are obvious starting points for creating the ultimate drag bike, machines like the GSX1100, GSX-R1100 and Hayabusa are the bread and butter of your average paddock at any Santa Pod get together. Two strokes drag racers are a special type of crazy, this is without a doubt the most bonkers drag bike that’s currently for sale on the used bike market.
One TZ750 engine is more than enough for most folk, the water cooled inline four engine was so advanced it took years (and ultimately rule book changes) to give the opposition a chance of beating it at the highest levels of road racing. With over 100bhp on tap it never lacked bite. The thought of a TZ siamese V8 engine that uses the guts of a pair of the iconic two stroke motors in isolation is pretty extreme, to then build a drag bike around it is pretty damn loopy. On paper that V8 two stroke lump alone is good for around 260bhp, the icing on this banzai cake is the option of giving it a shot of nitrous, that our seller assures us would put the power just over 500 crazy horses!
The machine looks fast standing still, the engineering looks involved and executed to a high standard. The eight exhaust silencers look like they’d do very little to silence the crackle of the V8 Frankenstein’s monster of a power plant.
The asking price for this ultimate two stroke sprinter is £13,000. There’s very little offered by way of a warranty, but it does come with some spare jets and a few other bits and bobs.
What to look for when buying a drag bike:
- Always ask if there’s any spares, if they aren’t of any immediate use you can always sell them on again.
- If it’s a converted road bike you should get a V5, if there’s no logbook supplied run a check on the frame number for piece of mind that it isn’t a stolen bike being passed on.
- Ask lots of questions, find out exactly what’s been done to the bike, and who did the work.
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