By now, we've all grown a little callous to watching high-strung supercars prance their way around the Nürburgring. Nearly every manufacturer has taken it upon themselves to do battle with the infamous road course, and as a result, YouTube is choked with videos of physics-bending cars doing what they do best. It's a little rarer to get to see a motorcycle take on the torturous course. Bridgestone test rider Tim Röthig recently mounted a Kawasaki ZX-10R, strapped on a Gyrocam and proceeded to wring the life out of a pair of Battlax tires.

Watching Röthig coerce the big liter bike through one of the most challenging road courses on the planet is a hair-raising experience, even from the comfort of our keyboards. While his 7:50-second time falls well short of the current 7:14 record for production cars, the knowledge that even the smallest of mistakes could have introduced both bike and rider to the unforgiving guard rail in a hurry certainly earns Röthig a spot in the pantheon of impressive Nürburgring videos. Hit the jump to check it out.



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      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bet the pricetag on the bike is a fraction of the cars of similar speed.
      avconsumer2
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and that, my friends, is what they mean when they say "ride it like you stole it."
      snsenica
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! The Ninja series is a work of art. My hat is off to anyone who can properly ride that beast. SInce some car-only drivers are perhaps reading this: Don't follow a biker too closely, especially on a local, twisty road. Perhaps you are just maintaining a proper interval; but he is passing through sees it as if he is being chased. Biking is a serious business ; so please be considerate.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snsenica
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          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          What now, it makes reply too?!! When does that spamming over?!!
      Charlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gary Nixon said it best... You don't KNOW how fast you can go till you fall off. On that bike course I don't want to know how fast I could go.
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      That makes a great ad for that camera system.
        Maverick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brex
        Definitely. High quality stuff. Gives a good sense of the actual motion, the road stays steady and the bike and rider move around the frame. Most videos I've seen from fixed tank mounted cameras, just EVERYthing is shaky. Gyro cam is way better. +1 for the stones on this rider too, most of these corner speeds are well into the triple digits, diving in at full lean would take some brass ones.
      Arlen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a greater appreciation for a motorcycle racer now! Yikes, scary fast!
      808EvoX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course its not going to come near the 7:14 time of the Lexus LFA, or most supercars for that matter. Because we all know (I'd hope) that bikes cannot sustain as much lateral grip. It just sounded like you guys were inferring that a bike could challenge a 7:14 on that course.....
      clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      To be able ride like that takes a tremendous amount of skill and balls.I admire guys who can ride like that because I know how hard it is to do it. Rock on brother...
      teknikscian
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Zx-10r is a beast, great video and a great rider. How did they mount that camera? It's like a floating setup.. it was trippin' me out
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @teknikscian
        Gyro stabilized camera. Nothing new under the sun. But I hate it here. I prefer a camera tilting with the bike and visible speedo too.
          PTFunk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          The visible speedo I can agree with, but I really dig the gyrocam here - it give such a sense for the amount of lean he's getting in some of the corners. I know this is evident in stationary cameras as well, but somehow having a constant level horizon as your reference really emphasizes the angle.
        JR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @teknikscian
        http://www.motogp.com/en/videos/2010/Rossi+debuts+Gyroscopic+OnBoard+camera
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I miss my bike :(
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      I once had my Honda V45 magna up to 130 mph on a deserted country road, and lost my nerve when the speedometer continued to climb, and I backed OFF the throttle! This guy's got brass balls!
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn! Awesome video, awesome camera setup, and great riding. Those ZX10's are fast bikes, it looked like he was getting shot out of a pinball machine on some of those straightaways. I've drive the ring before in a purpose built track car and it was sketchy enough (albeit a ton of fun) but I wouldn't dare ride my bike at anywhere near those speeds on that ring.
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