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Dragging a knee on a Honda Gold Wing – Click above to watch the video after the jump

It's not at all uncommon to see Honda two-wheelers at a local track day event. After all, the Japanese company is the world's largest manufacturer of motorcycles, and its VFR, CB and CBR line of sport bikes have become synonymous with reliable performance. It's just as likely that you'll encounter one of Honda's motorcycles, in most cases a Gold Wing, when touring across the United States.

Naturally, it's significantly less common to see a CBR criss-crossing the country, and, perhaps even more so, a Gold Wing on the track. But that's not to say it can't be done. In fact, Honda's luxo-barge is well known to be a nice ride through the twistier bits that often connect those long, barren straightaways to the more sparsely populated cities across America.

That said, a rider scraping up his (or her, of course) knee pucks aboard a Honda Gold Wing isn't the kind of thing you expect to see every day. And that makes the video pasted after the break all the more impressive. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves.

[Source: Bikerpunks.com]



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        • 4 Years Ago
        That is badass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is there any way to tell that this video wasn't sped up to make it more impressive than it is? I guess I'm just jaded by all the home video "fraud" floating around the net these days..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Deal's Gap (The Dragon) is barely a road to start with, and is treated more like a racetrack. The commies at THP and Blount County Sheriffs Dept. think otherwise, but their bias is landing them in court more and more. I know guys that would drag up race bikes on slicks and try to bust into the 7min range with them. It is a very neat place to go on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the summer if you are ever in East TN.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That takes skill...damn...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What isn't mentioned - and makes it even more impressive IMHO - is that he had to set down his coffee mug and fold up his newspaper before each curve. =D
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I used to be an unemployed bum wasting gas on the Dragon, there was a guy up there who owned a Yellow 'Wing and went by "Yellow Wolf". Had multiple video cameras on his bike and would ride behind you and video your run on the Tail for $100 or so. I never saw a rider he could not keep up with, and for those who have never been there, that place attracts some very very fast people. Haven't seen him in quite a while, but then again the Dragon isn't as busy as it once was with THP ruining all the fun up there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mmmm...you DID see the video that Monte posted the link to, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmmm, no I didn't, but do now though. Yes, that's the guy I mentioned. I only briefly glanced at the comments before I posted that, sorry for the dupe :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      My dad used to ride Goldwings and he took me to a bike rally. There were a bunch of Goldwings all riding in formation. It was crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Monte...

      7 minutes? wow that number keeps getting smaller and smaller every time someone talks about it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Goldies are well balanced from that wide, fat motor.

      We had similar experiences @ TMS during LoneStar bike rallies. You could take anything on the track, and even choppers were being run. The trick was to run above 80 (below 65 you slid off the banks), and never let up on the throttle in the corners (bike then stood up and headed for the rail).
      • 4 Years Ago
      He looks like he's riding a rhinoceros at full gallop, trying to get it to change directions by yanking on its horns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs Moar Wheelies
      • 4 Years Ago
      anyone that rides a big bagger AND does track days will tell you that dragging a knee on a bagger (Goldwing, ultra classic, BMW RT) actually takes LESS skill than dragging a knee on say..an R1 or CBR

      cool video though, dont mean to take away from the cool factor of it..its just that this video has been circulating a lot lately and some are getting carried away about whats actually involved
      • 4 Years Ago
      This video is in no way modified (ie: speed modification). This actually occured a couple of years ago and perhaps many times since. the MAN riding is actually tony of tonys track days (see the banner in the video). He runs the track days up at the NHMS and he takes this bike out to show riders that it is not what you ride but how you ride it. most riders never will reach the limits of their machine and tony brings this out to show them that. it is a really cool vid to show new riders who go out and buy a 1000cc sport bike and think that they are now nikki haden.
        • 4 Years Ago
        my bad. i thought the rider was tony. either way kudos to the rider
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right that the video was not speed edited at all(it's my video, I should know :D ).

        However, to give credit where credit is due, the rider is actually John Colandrea, he teaches the Lee Parks Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic in Troy, NY, and also at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in conjunction with Tony's Track Days events. John riding his Goldwing on the track is always an entertaining sight...especially when he turns the stereo up and you can hear him from the stands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He is actually super slow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. As a rider, I'm not really getting this post. I've seen older GLs go much, much faster.
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