I'm not a motorcycle racer I just like to cruise around, occasionally getting my Sportster 1200 up in the 80 MPH range when I'm on the open highway. Today I was at light when this young kid pulled up next to me in some sort of sporty looking Hyundai. He had the typical head tilt while holding the steering wheel with one hand and eating an egg sandwich with the other. I knew he wanted to race me, but like I said a don't do that. Anyway as the light turned green he floored the gas and I just took off as I normally do. Needless to say he was out of sight in a hurry. It seemed to me that if I did want to race him that by time I would have gotten past first gear he still would have been long gone. So my question is... Is a car with automatic transmission faster out of the gate than a motorcycle. Maybe I'm short changing my Sportster 1200 or maybe I'm just short changing my riding ability to beat that Hyundai but I couldn't see me beating that little white car out of the gate. I know there are guys and gals out there that have the answer to this question. Mind you I'm just curious because at my age racing a bike is not an option.