Jason DiSalvo and Elena Myers take to the track to see who’s best.
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Conquering the Nurgurgring In Under 8 Minutes + Gyro Cam Video!
With a nickname like The Green Hell, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is nearly 13 miles of terror wrapped up in a historic race track. Famous for its sheer length, close confines, and the fact it is open to the public most the year, the Nurburgring has a dual reputation as a great testing facility and a widow maker – certain reports estimate as many as 12 deaths a year here.
To lap here in under 10 minutes is considered a fast lap. In this video, rider Tim Rothig pilots his Kawasaki ZX-10R around the track in under eight minutes! His skill is on full display here, and is made even more dramatic by the gyro cam he has mounted on the tank. This allows the horizon to remain centered even as the motorcycle is banking over for turns. Impressive indeed.
Also impressive is the sheer speed Rothig is able to extract from the ZX-10. As anyone who has ridden a literbike around a racetrack can tell you, it’s difficult to stretch the legs of a literbike around most tracks. The Nurburgring doesn’t have that problem. Watch and listen as Rothig makes the Kawasaki scream.
Kawasaki reported a net profit of 33.7 billion yen (US$441.9 million) for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 2011, but its motorcycle and engine division continues to operate at a loss. The motorcycle and engine division, which also includes ATVs, UTVs, personal watercraft and power products, operated at a loss of 4.58 billion yen (US$60.1 […]