Street racing

    What is Street racing?

    Street racing on motorbikes was evolved in the most natural way possible. Probably it all began with two guys on sportbikes who met on a red light and dared challenge each other to a race down the curved road, leading to the next town. “Race you to the next town, loser buys beer”. After a couple of weeks they were joined by another friend, then two more. After some time people from the two towns began to come and watch those guys flying thru the streets.

    Street racing can happen everywhere, it can be underground, or can be an official race.

    Now because just riding fast on the highway will get you bored after a short period of time we will cover the organized and legal side of this sport.

    Only one international championship exists at the present- “International Road Racing Championship” (IRRC). Most races are held within Europe where the majority of the circuits are in Ireland.

    The most famous road race is held at the Isle of Man which probably has the most tracks per inhabitant.

    The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race was first held on Tuesday 28 May 1907 and was called the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy. Till this day, the island had hosted the bravest riders on the plant.

    The categories are much similar to the track racing Superbike and Supersport.

    In street racing most races are held against the clock but there are some direct races that are even more insane. To give you the feeling of the speeds we are talking about here- The track record at The Isle of man stands on 17:12.30 with an average speed of 131mph (211km/h) set by John McGuinness in 2009 on his Honda CBR1000RR.

     

    What’s extreme about it?

    Isn’t it obvious? Flying on a screaming motorbike at 200mph (320km/h) on a one lane road which is curving between the city streets, trying to shave another tenth of a second from you’re opponent lap time…

    There is a difference between having a sport bike, riding fast on a public road and street racing. Riding as a part of a race when you are pushed to the limit of yourself and your machine.

    First you will be thrilled just from the monsters power that your bike can produce especially if you have a 1000cc beast. But surprisingly you’ll get used to it very quickly and it won’t give you the buzz anymore. Then you will be flushed with adrenalin from going on high speeds, this trill  is the first to disappear. You have a powerful brain and it can adapt very quickly to high speeds, after that you won’t be excited by this anymore, you even catch yourself taking off the hand from the handle bar to scratch your neck at speeds above 140mph. Then you’ll take your machine to a curved road and start dragging your knee down the asphalt. It will slow you down but look very cool in pictures. This will bore you after one month tops. Then you’ll start leaning over even more and more, reaching the foot pegs.

    All of this progress will fly by you extremely fast and you will find yourself thinking about a shopping list and about the fact that you just ran out of cornflakes while scratching your foot peg and your knee down the asphalt in over 100mph turns. And you will begin looking for the next rush which is going faster and faster.
    Eventually you cross the limits, whether it is yours, the bikes or the limits of the road and crash. Crashing on the public road will probably get you seriously injured or even killed. So, the best advice for a long, stable adrenaline rush and stying alive is to learn how to go fast on the race track and only after getting experience in track racing and proving to yourself that you can ride fast and safe in racing conditions.

    Only then you should apply for street racing.

    Otherwise you really are the suicide bastard the gray corpses say you are…

     

    How dangerous is it?

    Street racing is one of the most dangerous extreme sport on the face of the planet. The error margin is tiny and the price for a mistake is very high.

    In street racing the chance of dying is high if you make a mistake and crash, mostly because the nature of the tracks that go through tight and full of obstacles city streets. Still, this is not a suicide like people will try telling you. When you get up to the level to go into street racing your skills will be sufficient to control the bike perfectly on those speeds and reduce the danger level significantly.

     

    How to start?

    First, a word of advice. If you never rode a motorcycle before you should really consider of looking your adrenaline rush in some other place because surviving this very much depends on your experience. If you have been riding for a while you should first buy a sport bike. Best to start with the 600cc families. Then after getting some confidents apply the local race track and build up your speed, use a lap timer so you can race against your own time.

    This process will take a couple of years, don’t look for shortcuts, because the most dangerous thing is to cross your limits in a situation that is over your head. For example- understanding that you are coming too fast on a curve at 160mph on the public race track when right at the end of the road stands a well designed building.

    The way to reduce the chances to that kind of thing to happen in street racing is to get experience, to make such mistakes on the race track were you can fall to the safe areas around the race track itself. Are you getting this? Become a flawless, cold and fearless machine before you ever try to go in to street racing or multiply your chances of severe injury and death by thousands.

     

    Usful links- Schools and track days

    MSVT Bike Track Days- http://www.clubmsv.co.uk/bike-home.aspx

    Xtreme Motorcycle Rental- http://www.xtrememotorcyclerental.com/track.htm

    CLASS Motorcycle School- http://www.classrides.com/

    California Motorcycle Riding School- http://www.superbikeschool.com/

    Moto Series- Track days & schools- http://motoseries.com/

    Usful links- Official organizations and events

    Isle of Man TT officail website- http://www.iomtt.com/