Top 10 Races To See Before You Die

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8. NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, NC

Four Wide Nationals

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!

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7 Comments

  1. Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Isle of Man, by a mile.

    • Oslo Norway
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Good over all list too…Man, the TV thing just doesn’t do a mile track justice. Hockey and dirt track miles seem to suffer this fate. A mile race on the dirt in person is a must see deal…

      • fastfreddie
        Posted February 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

        Agree with the hockey part.Maybe you’re right about the dirt track part too,wouldn’t rule it out…

  2. fastfreddie
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    If they were still doing Spa franchorchamps on motoGP,I’d still place it second to IoM.But it would have been a great second:)

    Great list

    Edit:Should be needless to say,but check out TT3D:closer to the edge.It’s documovie from IoM which comes also not 3D :D

  3. Billdokie
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I was hoping #1 would be the Isle of Man! I’m going to make it over soon and bring a bike. They say you can ride the course. The Videos are Unreal!

    • TroySiahaan
      Posted February 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Have fun! Yes, there should be opportunities to ride the course. Quite jealous. I’d love to go back.

    • fastfreddie
      Posted February 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      If you go there,I would recommend riding around the track very early in the morning (around 5am) rather than mad sunday.Do mad sunday,but be careful then as there are alot of nutters there then.

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