Watch this epic drag race between a mountain bike and a street bike: which one wins?


There are a lot of options in the motorbike to meet your personal needs. Do you need a bike that can go anywhere on paved roads? Buy a street bike. Do you need to be able to do offroad and other places a street bike can’t? Buy a mountain bike.

However, these two classes of bikes accelerate, handle and even stop completely differently. So if you are looking for a really fast bike that accelerates quickly you might want to weigh your options as shown in this drag racing video.

Dirt bike vs street bike drag race

As we can see, this drag race was a bit of a rash. I don’t know the specific models of each bike, but according to the description in the YouTube video, the street bike was a Kawasaki and the mountain bike was a Suzuki. Aside from the makes and models, there is no doubt that the street bike completely blew up the wheels of the mountain bike from the start.

However, judging by the comments on the video, most viewers were hopeful that mountain biking was somehow changed and the tables would be turned. But it was not. Although I bet the rider still said to the other rider at the end, “I almost got you!”

How fast is a mountain bike?

Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha) during MXGP 2021 – Motocross of Nations, 2021, MXoN on September 26, 2021, in Mantua, Italy. | Nderim Kaceli / LiveMedia / NurPhoto via Getty Images

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While the video above is not a good testament to the acceleration ability of some dirt bikes, I did wonder how fast some dirt bikes are on asphalt. According to Bike trekThere are many mountain bikes on the market today that can reach speeds well over 100 mph, which is fast considering they are intended for dirt roads. However, there are also many that struggle to hit over 80 mph.

When it comes to fast off-road motorcycles, the Muz Baghira can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.22 seconds while the KTM 450 SX-F can also reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds. The latter is one of fastest dirt bikes that you can currently purchase. Of course, this mainly depends on the size (or small size) of the motorbike engine.

For example, a 50cc off-road motorcycle can probably go up to 40mph, while a 125cc bike can go up to around 55-60mph. But if you want to go faster, you’ll need a 450cc bike, which can hit around 90mph.

If you really need speed, buy a street bike

2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 driving on the street

2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Yamaha

We can talk about the size and speed of off-road motorcycles all day, but if you really want to go fast on the streets, buy a street bike. Even a small street bike like the Honda CB300R can go from 0 to 100 km / h in about 6 seconds and it is only a 300cc motorcycle. But if you need top speed, you can get a bike like the Yamaha YZF-R1, which is a 1000cc bike that can get you to 100mph in about 3 seconds.

It’s insanely fast and it shows just like the video above that if you want to go fast on the streets buy a street bike. But if you want to be able to cross gravel and dirt roads then stick with a mountain bike.

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