Numbers are one thing, actual performance is another. Power and weight have a lot to do with how fast a motorcycle can make the quarter-mile sprint—but just as crucial can be clutch feel, wheelbase, weight bias, transmission action, and throttle response. We thought since we take a lot of bikes to the strip to see how fast they go, we’d show you what it looks like when they face off.
Even numbers on paper can be a little hard to imagine. What does the difference of 0.2 second look like at 110 mph? This video, and others like it, will give you a visual idea of what it’s like to launch these bikes down the dragstrip (not to mention the sound!). Keep in mind the numbers we’re showing are recorded via GPS tracking with one rider—the video is just to show you what it looks like.
|2018 HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 701|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$11,999|
|MEASURED WEIGHT||362 lb. wet (164kg)|
|FUEL CAPACITY||3.2 gal. (12L)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||32.7 in. (830mm)|
|MEASURED HORSEPOWER||71.0 @ 8200 rpm|
|MEASURED TORQUE||51.0 lb.-ft. @ 6750 rpm|
|2018 YAMAHA XSR700|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$8,499|
|CLAIMED WEIGHT||410 lb. wet (186kg)|
|FUEL CAPACITY||3.7 gal. (14L)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||32.9 in. (835mm)|
|MEASURED HORSEPOWER||67.9 @ 8790 rpm|
|MEASURED TORQUE||47.5 lb.-ft. @ 6490 rpm|