# Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - KTM

KTM 690 Supermoto is designed around an engine that is an 654 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder,. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 102 mm x 80 mm, and has a compression ratio of 11.8:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 62 horsepower. When this output is compared against the motorcycle's weight in kilograms of 154, which converts out to 338.8 pounds, the pounds per horsepower can now be precisely measured in a determination which is a very accurate reflection of this particular motorcycle's total performance on the street or track. In the case of this bike, the power to weight ratio is 5.46. That figure equates out to a Murdercycle Rating of "D": MENACE which means that this motorcycle should never be operated on public highways but would be suitable for a privateer racetrack rider.

KTM 950 Supermoto R is a motorcycle that has an engine which is an 942 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder,. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 100 mm x 60 mm, providing a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The powerplant creates a total of 96 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 191, a mass that equals 420.2 pounds, the actual ratio of this motorcycle's actual performance while being ridden can be determined with a high degree of accuracy. The pounds per horsepower determines what the power to weight ratio is, and in this bike's case, that figure is 4.38. That final calculation gives this motorcycle a Murdercycle Rating of "C": EXCESSIVE which means that it should only be operated on a racetrack by at least amateur racers who already have gained a measure of experience, and never on a public highway.

KTM 990 Supermoto has an engine that is an 999 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder,. The motor's bore and stroke is 101 mm x 62.4 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 114 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 191, a weight that is equivalent to 420.2 pounds, the calculation can now be executed which shows the power to weight ratio as expressed as pounds of the motorcycle's dry weight which is driven by each horsepower. This bike's pounds per horsepower result is 3.69. With that power to weight figure, this motorcycle can now be determined to have a Murdercycle Rating of "C": EXCESSIVE which means that it should only be operated on a racetrack by at least amateur racers who already have gained a measure of experience, and never on a public highway.

KTM RC8 features a motor engineered as a 1148 cc, liquid cooled, 75° v-twin. The engine features a bore and stroke of 103 mm x 69 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 12.5:1. The engine cranks out a total of 152 horsepower. When this amount of horses is balanced with the dry weight in kilograms of 184, a total dry weight which is equal to 404.8 pounds, we end up with a calculation of pounds per horsepower, which is an industry standard manner of determining the overall real world power of the vehicle. In this motorcycle's case, the power to weight ratio is 2.66. With that figure determined, it can now be concluded that this bike has a Murdercycle Rating of "B": HIGH-DANGER which means that no one other than a motorcycle racer with at least a year or so of experience should ride it, and then only on a race or test track.

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papamike69 8 years ago

Good stuff.

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks!

peminatautomotive 7 years ago from malaysia

good hub. very informative.

Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks!