Have you ever considered drag racing your bike ?
Maybe you’ve attended a few Whoop Arse Wednesdays for some social laps to compare time slips with your mates.
This is a great way to safely test your machine and yourself in a legal and low pressure environment.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to take it to the next level and step up to fair dinkum, proper drag racing, then you should read on because I’m going to give you a rundown on just how easy it is to get started in racing.
1, You don’t need a drag bike to race in Modified (Mod) Bike.
Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to spend a fortune to race, and win, if you want to go drag racing on a bike. You certainly don’t need a specialised race bike to get started.
In fact, what you have in the shed might already get you on the track.
If you and your bike can run under the class cut off of 11.99 seconds, then you are fast enough and can be competitive.
For example, local racer Paul McNamara used a bone stock Kawasaki ZX12R to win three WA Modified Bike track championships in recent years. On top of this, Paul took home the 2015/16 Rider of the Year award for being the most successful racer at the Perth Motorplex from all three bike classes for that season.
Bryan Finn, two time (and current) back to back Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) National Modified Bike Champion also took out both titles on what is essentially a stock Honda CB1300.
Sure, you can spend as much as you like on your race bike, but the handicap system in Modified Bike means you can compete against all budgets, even on a stock bike just like Paul and Bryan.