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  • Offline Tazmool

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    Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    on: Jun 26, 2017, 10.18 pm
    Jun 26, 2017, 10.18 pm
    Hello everyone,

    A group of friends invited myself and another friend of mine for a drag race event at a nearby town,
    The CT DCT being my only bike, I figured what the heck, lets see what it can do in the 1/4 mile   :305:

    Now, I did nothing to prepare the bike for any fast runs.
    The bike is 100% stock, plus it has extras installed (you know, for ballast!)

    Aluminium belly pan
    Givi Luggage rack and luggage
    Corbin Smuggler trunk on the rear seat
    Garmin GPS
    Sidestand foot enlarger
    Tire repair kit, compressor, tool kit etc
    Full tank of gas

    My saddle bags were literally packed full for the trip.
    The bike was exactly in the same state at it is every day when I'm touring around.
    I also weigh 190lbs + full leathers & riding gear.

    The bike is a 2016 CT, with 4500km on the odometer, its on its 2nd oil change, running 91 Octane gas, its 30C degrees out (86F)

    Out of the 8 guys that went, only two of us actually raced, and the strip happened to have some sort of event going on.  We were the only two bikes participating and got stuck into a Bikes+Sleds category (which was not good as we soon foundout)
    The bike I'm racing against is a 2016 Kawasaki 1000 Ninja (Z1000) it is also bone stock, but has nothing extra installed, other than a scott-oiler auto chain oiler.  The rider is also lighter than me, textile gear, and taller.
    I am in the Right Lane (closest lane)

    We only got to do 3 passes, for the 3rd and final pass we switched ourselves to the T.T. (test and tune) category and got actual 1/4 mile times, not 1/8 mile like in the Bikes+Sleds category)
    All 3 timing slips are at the bottom.

    Now onto the event:

    This is the 2nd pass, and first one I recorded (I forgot to start the darn camera on the 1st pass)
    The bike is in Manual mode, Traction control OFF.

    Onboard Video:

    Spectator Video:

    3rd and final pass,
    Bike is in Sport #2 mode, Traction control OFF

    Onboard video:

    Spectator video:

    So the only timed 1/4 mile pass results:
    13.24 seconds @ 102mph

    Z1000 Ninja:
    12.20 seconds @ 118mph

    The ninja whipped the VFR on every pass, but it was still a fun day.
    There was a KLR650 in our group, I think I could have taken that bike  :084:
    good thing we were not racing for pinks!   :008:

    This was my first ever drag racing event that I participated at, and it was a lot of fun, despite only getting 3 passes in.  Next time around we'll go for a test and tune day, where there is only one class of vehicles, and just a big merry go round (ie no waiting for other classes to finish)

    My CT observations:
    The bike is incredibly easy to launch and is very consistent, all you have to do is concentrate on your reaction times (my best being 0.16s) literally just twist and go!
    The bike also does not wheelie, at all.... not even close.....
    Manual mode is a little quicker than Sport #2 mode
    The surface was incredibly sticky, no need for a burn out, there was no wheel slip or hop.
    The bike is kinda slow too....  I love it, but I do wish it had a little bit more go juice  :038:

    I think to improve the times, and get into the 12s space, I think I could remove all luggage, all tools, all accessories run a 1/4 tank of fuel, and work on my reaction times even more (practice!)
    But honestly, who cares!  :034:

    All in all it was a fun day for everyone there, and we got some good memories.
    There will be another drag race event in the future, this is just too fun not to do!

    If anyone is interested, the timing slips are here as well, for all 3 passes.  The first two are 1/8mile timed, the 3rd is 1/4 mile timed.  VFR is in lane #2.


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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 2017, 05.55 am
    Jun 27, 2017, 05.55 am
    Ha ha, well done, that time wasn't too shabby :)

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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #2 on: Jun 27, 2017, 06.53 am
    Jun 27, 2017, 06.53 am
    'Horses for courses' and having stated that you did very well. As long as you enjoyed it that's the main thing.

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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #3 on: Jun 27, 2017, 08.58 am
    Jun 27, 2017, 08.58 am
    That's great Tazmool, excellent times given the gear onboard  :047:  one thing, do I recall that X/Ts in N/America are about 100 bhp compared to 128 for Euro versions ?

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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #4 on: Jun 27, 2017, 05.35 pm
    Jun 27, 2017, 05.35 pm
    They give a different spec for HP due to the point measured.  The motor output is the same as over the pond.   I would like to see the same race with an unloaded bike.  The VFR is not that slow and I think that ninja may have been launched a bit conservatively.  Looked like fun!

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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #5 on: Jun 27, 2017, 10.11 pm
    Jun 27, 2017, 10.11 pm
    Excellent.  Well done.

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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #6 on: Jun 27, 2017, 10.18 pm
    Jun 27, 2017, 10.18 pm
    No matter what the times etc were, that looks like great fun!!! :152: :062: :152:

    Anywhere in the uk where you can do it or similar?
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    Re: Took my VFR1200X DCT to the Drag Strip!
    Reply #7 on: Jun 27, 2017, 10.21 pm
    Jun 27, 2017, 10.21 pm
    Not too shabby for a fat old girl .... :152:
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