A friend ( 215lbs+ ) and I were coming back from dinner on Friday night and we were discussing different methods on launching a car. I practiced once and it was clean. Then I pulled up to a light and there's a bike in the right lane with me in the left. I looked over to my friend and stated that it's not going to be pretty as if I practice my launch again by reving, that the bike would think I'm trying to race him. I decided to proceed anyways.
I'm watching the lights and I notice the bike starting to move forward about 1/2 a car length. Light turns green and I jump 1.5-2 cars ahead of him. I redline 1st and the bike is still behind. I redline 2nd and I see him starting to catch up. I redline 3rd and he's right behind me but lets me get infront of him because there was a car coming up in my lane. We pull up to the next light and the guy comes up besides us. He stated ... "What do you have in that thing?" I reply "276/290" and apologize as I wasn't trying to "run" aganist him but trying to do practice launches. We started exchanging ideas about our rides and that's when I learned he was riding a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 1000. I asked if he wanted to run again and he said sure. Light goes green and I redline 1st but he's next to me as I didn't get a good launch. As I go through 2nd, he pulls 2+ car lengths on me and we both shut down by the end of 3rd. We catch the next light and we wave each other off.
I learned that I NEED to launch to even has a chance aganist a bike; I need to stop worrying about slipping so much. I figured the bike wasn't expected the STI to pull much so didn't go all out on the first run and a second delay is a huge difference since we're in the mid/low 4s 0-60 and the run stopped by 70ish. I'm surprised I that didn't lose by more during the 2nd run. It's all good.