Originally Posted by toolman
In high end A bike will never beat a car, The big bikes run the mid 8's and you can build a car for less that will stomp that. The drag cooeficiency kills bikes at high speed.
Umm ok. See my other post about being misinformed about bikes.
Most bikes are racing bikes and are set up for speeds below 160mph because most tracks are not big enough to get higher than that. A 1000CC bike will rip the hell out of most cars top end, but it is not geared past 180.. ask me how I know what the revlimter will get you in 6th gear on an R1. A hayabusa though can do over 200mph (but is factory limited now).
The other thing. A bike can do an 8 and still run a track. A car that runs 8's cant. Ohh and I can get a new bike in the 8's for a lot less than anyone can get ANY new car into the 8s.
I don't know where you are getting your info and bias against bikes from, but you should go take a MSF course and ride a little bit. They are great machines, a real blast. While the are fast, they aren't built for the 1/4, they are built to turn. And while there are cars that can beat bikes, they are cars that are purpose built racers.
But all of that is beside the point anyways. We bike guys ride bikes because we want to go out and have fun. To hit corners and feel blazing acceleration. To be free and feel one with the machine. I could have a car that ran 3's in the 1/4 and I would still rather be riding my bike. There is just nothing like it.