Just because you can't ride a motorcycle doesn't mean you can't appreciate them. Chris Harris is one of those guys who can't ride, but admits to being fascinated by motorcycles. So to that end, he brought his pal Ben Cope from visordown.com to Santa Pod drag strip with a Ducati 1199 Panigale to face it off against a Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Some numbers to ponder. The Porsche has six cylinders, 620 horsepower, and a traditional manual transmission. The Ducati packs just two cylinders, but doesn't give up any enthusiasm to the Porsche, with an astounding 192 hp from its V-Twin. You might think the bike would spank the Porsche, but consider this: both vehicles proved tricky to launch.

So, which extreme machine is quicker? Scroll down to watch the video.


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      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      God god that Porsche sounds utterly monstrous.
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a new Chris Harris fan. The Pagani vid was awesome as was the ZL1 vs GT500 vid, he's witty and has passion for cars. I watched his Road Testament segment on technology in sports cars and you could tell he's a full on car geek. Better than 95% of the inane horseshit auto journalists out there.
      Jeffrey Coe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really hard for most any car (especially without AWD) to beat a bike. The power to weight ratio is just to skewed. A rider that really knows his bike, and knows how to put the power to the rear wheel without bringing the front end up will destroy most any car out there. At least they made it half way comparable with two machines that are a handful to drive.
        TexRob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeffrey Coe
        A really good bike drag racer can get his weight up on the tank and really push their weight forward. His 60 foot time was not very good. I've seen non-extended 60 foot times almost half a second better. Not faulting him, getting good at dragging bikes takes a lot of practice.
          Jeffrey Coe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TexRob
          Agreed. Doesn't help that the 1200 cc's that bike has with a V-twin produces massive amounts of torque.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeffrey Coe
        Well said.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think if you put the bike up against a new GTR, that would be interesting.... The GT2 RS is hard to drive period, neither is it made for drag racing.
        Julie Lux-Bellmyer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Put a Panigale in the hands of a rider that knows how to drag race and it will beat any production car out there, period. It's capable of times in the mid to high nines.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      nvedamuthu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chris Harris is a completely annoying tool.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh boy. I am waiting on all the "derp-derp, those two suck! That guy needs to learn how to drive, and that other one can't ride for sh!t." comments that I am sure are coming.
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two road racing vehicles and they drive them in a straight line. I just don't get it.
        SpacemanSpiff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Even road racing vehicles accelerate in a straight line part of the time. Drag racing is a legitimate measure of one aspect of a vehicle's performance, just like a skid pad test. It's really not that hard to understand.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Did you not see the part where they said they were going to do more installments of these 2 vehicles competing?
        SpacemanSpiff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Also, it's fun.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      Top Gear > Fifth Gear > Chris Harris > Top Gear USA [> = greater than]
      Chase
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, and Chris Harris is short
      Chase
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW vs VW
      • 2 Years Ago
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