- Feb 22, 2016
I have no horse in this race, I don't care either way. I would prefer that neither of them comes barreling down on me, they should both be following the rules of the road.erm ... I feel sick and filthy for just having researched this, but a Harley Electra Glide's top speed is 120mph / 190km/h
- it has a max lean angle of only 30 degrees (i.e. it can't turn for shyte)
- it weighs over 400kg (i.e. it can't stop for shyte)
- it places the rider in that stupid backward leaning position (i.e. the rider can't see shyte, nor physically react to shyte)
A Harley is many things (all of them negative), but "safer" definitely isn't one of them.
A typical modern superbike has a lean angle of over 50 degrees, weighs less than half a Harley and puts the rider leaning forward where he/she can see everything and has his/her centre of gravity placed optimally to change direction when he/she wishes. It will turn quicker and harder and stop faster than a Harley going at the same speed. Hell it can go a fair amount faster and STILL turn quicker and stop faster than a Harley.
Would you prefer a 400kg Harley barreling down on you at 190km/h or a superbike coming at you at 200km/h? I know which I'd prefer.