Two very different applications for Suzuki's fabulous Hayabusa engine, one very cool pic
This week's Pic Of The Week celebrates the classic speed junky question of which is quicker: car or bike?
PH2's Jon Urry chose to answer the question by pitting a Suzuki Hayabusa against Radical SR3 RS. The beauty of this wee comparison is that they share the same high-revving Suzuki engine - levelling the playing field slightly. The results are somewhat unsurprising; the bike dominated the straights, while the slick-shod Radical was superior on the brakes and through corners. Both, in their own way, are hugely impressive machines.
And whether you enjoy your kicks on four or two wheels, we think you will appreciate the commitment shown by both the guys in this snapshot of their day at Bruntingthorpe.
i thought radicals where fast in a straight line, the bike destroyed it as thou it was parked???
I'd like to know the comparative lap times for the two (especially if the radical did any laps without a passenger)
As the video graphically shows in the later section the bike was holding up the radical but I'm not sure the corner speed would make up for the domination the bike had down the straights
I did a track day back end of last year with some very fast track toy road cars, the radicals where racing there at the weekend and a lot had come to practise before the race. The radicals where pissing past everything like it was parked so gawd knows how fast that bike is.
I'm not sure the corner speed would make up for the domination the bike had down the straights
Evidently the braking and cornering of the car DOES make up for the domination of the bike on the straights - this is demonstrated by the fact that despite the healthy lead built on the straight, the car always caught the bike in the corner. (i.e. it made the gap back up in one braking zone)
I think if the bike would lap faster than the car then over the course of the video you'd have seen it pull away into the distance and disappear. However it didn't do that.
If the car was faster over a full lap then it would stay in touch with the bike, rather than fall off the back of it. The car would have pulled into the lead if the bike didn't hold it up in the corners. (I.e. the bike was never held up, but couldn't pull away enough that it wasn't caught back up under brakes each time. The car was held up.)
I think the video demonstrates that this car, with this driver was lapping that particular track on that day, faster than that bike with that rider.