faffi Posted September 9, 2011 Report Share Posted September 9, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUVy2EK5Aow&feature=related Over at another forum, there are a few pretty decent riders. One of them was working down towards a 1:40 lap around Phillip Island on his GSX-R 1000 when he fell off at 200 kph, and several of them are lapping in the 1:39-1:46 bracket. Well, according to them, even the most frantic street pace rates as slow, not even able to get under 2 minutes around PI. Their definition of slow is no front end slides and only a random rear end slide. And again, by their definition, the chaps in the video are slow.For me, following the discussion, have been a revelation. When I was young and starting out, Freddie Spencer competed on a CB750F based Superbike, Eddie Lawson was still on a Z1 and things didn't look all that terribly fast. Once I began dragging engine covers on the road I figured I could match their pace, more or less. Or even that of Joey Dunlop around the IoM. Because wasn't I fast?! Unfortunately, no. As the years went by, the faster I was and I began to understand that the gap between throwing sparks on public roads and racing fast was pretty substantial. How substatial, however, only became clear to me recently; accepting that I would not be able to cut a 2-minute lap around PI is one thing. Understanding that even mad street riders miles faster than me, with their desperate road pace, would not cut a 2 min lap was mind blowing.Could I have kept up with these Japanese kids? Not likely. I don't care if they're called slow; they look fast to me Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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