In an indication of just how crazy the Isle of Man TT really is, New Zealander Bruce Anstey set a new top speed record when he was clocked at 206mph on the mile-long Sulby Straight during practice for the Superbike-class race. Anstey was aboard a race-modified Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Just for reference, 206mph is basically the same as the highest speeds that have ever been recorded from World Superbike machines, and extremely close to that of MotoGP prototypes
Max Biaggi did 335-ish km/h last year on the Aprilia, and a few weeks ago Tom Sykes did 339 km/h (211 mph) on the Kawasaki on Monza straight. On intermediate (not full slicks) tyres. That's much faster then the F1 car in the same place.
It's realistic to expect Pedrosa to top 350 km/h on Mugello straight this year.
Anyway, it's soooo much more awesome to do it 'over the hill' at the TT.
It's so great to hear the familiar engine note.
"Super Twin" class is raced this year. Around 20 ER6 bikes and a few Suzukis.
Everybody seems to like the class and it's attracting great riders.
Even Jeremmy McWiliams (MotoGP legend) came out of retirement to ride a Kawasaki at the NorthWest200 a few weeks ago. He came second!
Here is the bike.
Different forks, swingarm, shock, exhaust, clip ons, modified seat and instrument panel, some water pump modification (another radiator?), steering dampener...
Does anyone see anything else?
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