8. NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, NC
The numbers: 350-plus horsepower, sub seven-second quarter mile times, four lanes. If you’ve never seen motorcycle drag racing, the exhibition of pure, unadulterated horsepower is a sight to behold. Suzuki long ruled the roost with GS-based engines, until Harley/Buell came along –helped by a favorable V-twin rules change that allowed them to build monster billet air pumps and race them as “Buells” and “Harleys”. In 2014, the rules change yet again to help bring some parity back to the Twin vs. four-banger wars.
Whatever the rules, watching these jockeys trying to wrestle a purpose-built rocket down the quarter-mile is awesome, and the pissed-off roar each engine makes at full song is something a Youtube video can’t quite convey. And of course, the only thing better than watching two dragsters roaring down the quarter…is four!