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Troy Corser Flogs 1935 BMW at Goodwood (Great Video)


Two-time WSB World champ Troy Corser participated in some vintage racing at the Goodwood Revival earlier this month, and we found some great video of him extracting every millimeter of performance from a pre-WW2 BMW boxer on the Goodwood track. In the right circumstances, a good rider on a slow bike is faster than a mediocre rider on a fast bike. Watching Troy Corser in this video, we don’t doubt he could dominate a track-day full of modern superbikes riden by average riders.  Have a look.

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  1. Mike says:

    That was absolutely amazing to watch!!!

  2. Motorhead says:

    the man stays loose and relaxed in times of peril while he squeezes every bit friction from the tires, and every bit of stiffness from a noodle frame. amazing.

  3. took says:

    this is a bike from b4 electrincs, ladiez and gents.
    for da sped,
    if Honorauble hailwood walked out wen agostini walked in, but timetravel a hayden shows ’em how far da b*tch kan slyde andor lean…
    google the kinkiki challenge to valentino at daytona, brohoz. veronica in da hous w google tarot litl twin stars lalakiki.
    if NORM G or grego [?] think this is jiberrish, go to tyra dot com, look 4 her youtube chnl, join da discussion page. pirelli not allowed yet. dunlop a no brainer, 4 now. lovs

  4. Norm G. says:

    re: “great video of him extracting every millimeter of performance from a pre-WW2 BMW boxer on the Goodwood track”

    otherwise known as “Caning The Tits”.

  5. oldjohn1951 says:

    BMW should build the bike instead of the expensive silliness they now make.

  6. James Geske says:

    Just like everyone else said, AWESOME. Made me smile and made my wife and kids watch it too. AWESOME

  7. Dan says:

    THIS should be shown to all new/aspiring riders so that when they say later on that they “need” the Liter-bike they will know, deep down: It’s the singer, not the song.

  8. stinkywheels says:

    What a great video! I kept thinking, that’s the only 80 year old bike that could take that kind of riding and survive! Finally it gave up, kinda, still made the pits. Those Brit bikes would’ve shaken themselves to bits. What a HOSS of a rider. I bet he never loses the touch.

    • Scotty says:

      Oh I dunno – here in classic racing you regularly see em flogged ay high pace. They do well, if well prepared. Many years ago I saw a KTT Velo showing up a lot of newer bikes.

  9. Mack says:

    Infinitely more interesting than the indistinguishable racers of today. Google Honda 160 racing for more fun. Nascar has the same canned car problem, seeing classics from 1971 or earlier when stock cars were really stock cars would be so much more interesting.

  10. Cyclemotorist says:

    I believe that is a 500 cc boxer. Sure sounds nice and goes even better.

  11. ROXX says:

    THAT was so worth watching! Thanks for posting this. Made my day.
    81 year old BMW shows some fangs.
    Troy was just amazing!

  12. Pushr0d says:

    He lost the bike the next day whilst passing, when he hit a puddle. There’s good video of it, but I don’t recall the site.

  13. Curly says:

    This must be some sort of CG video trickery as everyone knows you have to have at least 165hp, USD forks and a 190 rear tire just to go fast on the street these days or be ashamed of your pitiful bike. To go as fast as Corser at Goodwood just can’t be real. Seriously, you can tell he was loving every moment of that ride until the right cylinder went.

  14. PatrickD says:

    There were a couple of those bikes at the Calssic TT event on the Isle of Man last month. They were being really well ridden and hassling race bikes 50 years younger. Some people would be (rightly) cautious about flogging classic race bikes, but these really caught the eye.
    Looking at the brakes and forks, a high corner speed might simply be inevitable!

  15. took says:

    a rose is a rose is a rose.
    troy corser is troy corser is troy corser.

  16. Scott says:

    If you find yourself going slow at track days, and you think it’s because you need a better bike…

    Eh… Maybe it’s just you.

    • redbirds says:


    • JVB says:

      Denial … fueling new bike sales for decades!

      • guu says:

        Denial about what? How is a track day rider supposed to get Corser’s skill and speed? Troy Corser is in the top 0,0something of all riders of all times.

        There is no shame if a track day rider is slower than Corser, he should be, and no shame in aspiring for a better bike. And I’m pretty sure Corser the racer wouldn’t turn down a faster bike even if there were racers that were even faster than him.

        • todd says:

          “Faster bike”. It’s a myth. Getting a more powerful bike won’t make a rider any faster unles he’s, like Corser, already better than the bike. I’ve never met The Fastest Rider on any bike. There’s always someone faster so that means you need to keep practicing to get better on the bike you have before trading “up” will be of ANY benefit.

          • guu says:

            Of course it will make. If you can twist the throttle to the stop then a more powerful bike will get you to the end of the straight faster. This holds true no matter what your entry speed or breaking point is relative to other riders.

            Better suspension (incl. set-up), tires, brakes etc. will make any bike and rider faster and safer.

            By your logic only MotoGP “aliens” should be riding anything other than a moped, as they would always find a way to get more out of a bike then lesser riders.

  17. Tim C says:

    I’m pretty sure you can see the frame flexing. Dang!

  18. Butch says:

    Outstanding video.
    Troy was riding the wheels off that thing.

  19. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    that is in-fricken sane!

  20. Shaunock says:

    The Saturday race was pretty special. Seeing those ancient machines on the edge on a wet track was amazing.

  21. notarollingroadblock says:

    Impressive! And maybe more fun than your standard WSB race?

  22. mechanicus says:

    Wonder if they use rub strips or something on the heads?

  23. xLaYN says:

    I wonder if there is any work on the suspension.
    Admirable speed on such a package (under the assumption that original suspension on those skinny tires are being used).

    Edit: and brakes…

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