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Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Harley Davidson Under 1.3 Litres

Updated on November 30, 2008

 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster is designed with an engine configured as a 883 cc, air cooled, v-twin. The motor's bore and stroke is 76.2 mm x 96.8 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 8.9:1. The engine generates a strong 50 horsepower. When this maximum power generation is divided by the vehicle's dry weight in kilograms of 255, which in American units converts out to be 561 pounds, we can now calculate the ratio of pounds per horsepower, a fairly standard calculation in the motor vehicle world which will allow you to determine the motorcycle's actual performance on the street. In the case of this bike, its power to weight ratio is 11.22. Therefore, this motorcycle has earned a Murdercycle Rating of "G": OVER-POWERED which means that even a rider with a couple of years of street experience on a smaller displacement motorcycle should exercise caution as this bike is powerful enough to get them into trouble.

Harley Davidson XL 883R Sportster bears an engine which is an 883 cc, air cooled, v-twin. The engine features a bore and stroke of 76.2 mm x 96.8 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 8.9:1. The engine is rated for a maximum of 50 horsepower. When that total amount of power at maximum levels is divided by the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 263, which in Imperial measure equals 578.6 pounds, it is now possible to determine the ratio of pounds per horsepower, which is a good way to estimate the motorcycle's actual performance in everyday use. This bike's power to weight ratio is 11.57. This motorcycle is thereby generating a power to weight ratio which gives it a Murdercycle Rating of "H": BORDERLINE which means that if a rider has had at least one year of experience on a smaller motorcycle or scooter, this may be a proper motorcycle to step up to.

Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom has an engine that is set up as an 1202 cc, air cooled, v-twin. The engine has a bore and stroke measuring 88.8 mm x 96.8 mm, and has a compression ratio of 10:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 70 horsepower. When this output is compared against the motorcycle's weight in kilograms of 261, which equates to 574.2 pounds, the calculation of pounds per horsepower is now possible: a measurement that is generally utilized to determine the motorcycle's overall performance. In this case, the power to weight ratio is 8.2. Therefore, it can be concluded that this bike has a Murdercycle Rating of "F": HIGH-RISK which means that this bike is too powerful for public highways and that any non-professional rider operating it is taking a high degree of risk.

Harley Davidson XL 1200 R Sportster Roadster is designed around an engine that is an 1202 cc, air cooled, v-twin. The motor has a bore and stroke of 88.8 mm x 96.8 mm, providing a compression ratio of 9.7:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 70 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 253, which equals 556.6 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 7.95. This final analysis shows that this motorcycle has a Murdercycle Rating of "F": HIGH-RISK which means that this bike is too powerful for public highways and that any non-professional rider operating it is taking a high degree of risk.

Harley Davidson VRSCAW 105th Anniversary has an engine that is an 1250 cc, liquid cooled, 60° v-twin. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 105 mm x 72 mm, providing a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 121 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 288, a weight that is equivalent to 633.6 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 5.24. With that power to weight figure, this motorcycle can now be determined to have 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.

Harley Davidson VRSCD Night Rod features a motor engineered as a 1250 cc, liquid cooled, 60° v-twin. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 105 mm x 72 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine cranks out a total of 125 horsepower. When a calculation is performed where that amount of horsepower is divided against the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 288, a total dry weight which is equal to 633.6 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 5.07. With that figure determined, it can now be concluded that this bike has 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. 

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah... I'm a FORMER Harleyer... so I do have to agree! :)

    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have only read this hub on Harley Davidson so far.

      I think the biggest risk to riding these tractors with two wheels is that they handle like a block of flats!

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