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I did some timed standing quarter mile runs at the Geelong Revival a few weeks ago.

Thought people might find the times interesting (I struggled to find many times to compare against).

Times were as follows:

Day 1:
14.0377, 13.4042, 13.4022, 13.3972

Day 2:
13.4532, 13.2663, 13.3856, 13.3231
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Bike was awesome although spent the evening dreaming how to make it faster...
 

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I did some timed standing quarter mile runs at the Geelong Revival a few weeks ago.

Thought people might find the times interesting (I struggled to find many times to compare against).

Times were as follows:

Day 1:
14.0377, 13.4042, 13.4022, 13.3972

Day 2:
13.4532, 13.2663, 13.3856, 13.3231
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Bike was awesome although spent the evening dreaming how to make it faster...
It looks like that was a lot of fun! Are you doing a burnout in that pic?


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It looks like that was a lot of fun! Are you doing a burnout in that pic?


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It was great fun, less than 2 mins of cumulative run time over 2 days but a huge amount if adrenaline and focus. The start was quite slippery so lightly smoked the tyres off the line each time. Reckon it woukd have gone sub 13 with a bit more grip.
 

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Proud to say mine does the 1/4 mile in 25 seconds minimum every time.
Works good.... lasts a long time!
 

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I think the Thunderbird is a a gorgeous bike -- really like the looks of that huge parallel/vertical twin. I've almost bought one a time or two but they're just too damn heavy at 750 lbs. I've had 700-750 lb bikes before: 3 H-D Softails, a Honda Valkyie, and a Honda CTX1300. In my later years I've put a weight limit on any bike I own at 550-600 lbs -- and preferably under 500 lbs. That's heavy enough for me.

But they sure are nice looking. :)(y)
 

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They are heavy but hide it well when riding as the weight is low. Wouldnt like to have to pick one up if it dropped though. One of my projects is to take a load of weight out.
 

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The Valk doesn't fall that far over. I dropped mine way more than once. At 192K she didn't burn oil and had the original clutch even though I pulled a 22 cu. ft. trailer around 40K of it's life.
Salt took out the frame and electrical connections.

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The Dart flyscreen just changes the entire attitude of the bike. I've got my Storm fitted with one, also.

Alas, I don't drag-race the bike, so no idea how quickly I can reach a quarter mile. All I know is, I let all the car drivers see what the taillight looks like... and that's enough!
 

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ive run a 13.1 at 96mph with a 1.61 60ft in central texas on a crap track. pulled the front wheel up on launch and then it touched down and came up again on the 1-2 and thats with a full tank of gas and my 270lb ass on it.. ive also run a 13.2 @ 100mph with a 1.9 60. if i got down to 200lbs again and went with no gas itd be in the 12s easy.
 

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What a bummer though that some Hardleys are faster !
Compare
2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
0-60 mph 4.2Quarter mile 13.0Compare
2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout
0-60 mph 4.6Quarter mile 13.0Compare
2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom
0-60 mph 4.2Quarter mile 12.9Compare
2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S
0-60 mph 3.9Quarter mile 12.7Compare
2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200
0-60 mph 4.0Quarter mile 12.4Compare
2007 Harley-Davidson FXDSE Screamin' Eagle Dyna
0-60 mph 4.2Quarter mile 12.3Compare
2010 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle
0-60 mph 3.7Quarter mile 11.7Compare
2001 Harley-Davidson V-Rod
0-60 mph 3.5Quarter mile 11.4Compare

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When you guys start comparing 1/4 mile numbers on your cruisers it's usually time to either trade for an R3 or change platforms to liter size naked bikes.
 

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I think it's interesting to know the times turned by a stock bike in the quarter-mile and its top-end speed. It doesn't mean I want to go to the races with my bike -- just nice to know. Those two performance items used to be a part of reviews when I was (much) younger. And yes, they were executed by 140-lb pros with perfectly tuned bikes -- but it gave an idea as to where your bike fit in in the scheme of things . . .

I remember the 1969 Kawasaki Mach III (H1), a 500cc two-stroke triple, being advertised back then as being capable of a 12.4 sec quarter-mile. I never knew anyone that achieved that time at the strip. The best I was able to wring from my 1970 was a 13.5 sec quarter.
 

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idk, Initially I really needed my Triumph cruiser to be able to leave those snobby hd riders in the dust, now I understand thats just not what these bikes are designed for and because these bikes are hi torque low rpm motors they'll always feel faster than they really are so why destroy the illusion?

I do completely agree with practicing launching and improving riding skills though. After looking at standing 1/4 mile times for bikes I know I couldn't do it.
 

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No illusion Steve. Their forte is cruising without shifting a lot and their 60 to 100mph acceleration in the top 2 gears ! Get's me off every time I do it !

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