A tug of war always makes for a fun spectacle, but a tug of war with machines is usually even more fun than watching people pulling against each other. Well, this actually manages to combine the two. The tug of war shown here is between two motorcycles, sure, but the rope is actually attached to the riders’ waists! I guess they didn’t want to risk their bike frames getting bent, huh? Or maybe there just wasn’t a good place to tie the ropes to? The motorcycles appear pretty similar in size, so it looks like a fairly even match, which is always a good thing when it comes to tug of war.
Trusting Your Fellow Riders
I’m sure you’ll question the wisdom of putting a rope around your waist tied to another guy on a motorcycle. These guys must be friends to have enough trust to go through with it. One guy could pull the other right off his bike and drag him along if he kept the throttle on. These don’t seem like the kind of guys that are worried about having motorcycle insurance, but at least they are wearing their helmets and are all covered in clothing!
The motorcycle on the left is a Honda, and it’s hard to tell, but I would guess that the one on the right is a Honda as well. It’s probably safe to say that when Soichero Honda established Honda Motor Co. in 1948, he didn’t envision his bikes being used for recreation in this manner. These bikes certainly aren’t the newest models, but they aren’t vintage either. It’s interesting that the Honda’s first motorcycle had a 98 cc motor, and two years later they were able to produce one (known as the Dream E), with a 146 cc engine, which is probably fairly close to the size of these motorcycle engines.
Who Would Win?
CCs measure the engine size, so obviously a bike with more ccs is going to be more powerful. It would be interesting to see a tug of war between Honda’s big boys, like maybe pitting a Gold Wing versus a Valkyrie, which both have whopping 1520 cc engines. Or maybe the CB1300 versus the ST1300, which have the following key specs:
- 16-valve, fuel-injected sc-40 inline 4 engine
- 100 hp @ 7,500 rpm
- 548 pounds
- V4, chain-driven, fuel-injected engine
- 117 hp @ 8,000 rpm
- 630 pounds
In this case, the ST1300 would probably win, but it would still be interesting to watch. (Although tying the ropes to the bikes would be a much better idea.) Maybe this will spawn more tug of war contests between motorcycles like the scenario outlined. Only time will tell.
Machine Tug of War
Of course, compared to your old-fashioned tug of war, doing it with machines is relatively new. It has made this age-old sport more interesting and kind of rejuvenated it, because there’s nothing quite like pitting one machine against another to see which one is more powerful. You can just go by the numbers, but what’s the fun in that? In this case, you’ll probably agree that the tug of war shown here is more comical than anything else. It’s funny to see this guy get pulled off his bike, and you know things could have easily gone much worse.