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Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Honda 650cc to 995cc

Updated on November 30, 2008

 Honda DN-01 is a motorcycle that has an engine which is an 680 cc, liquid cooled, 52° v-twin. The motor's bore and stroke is 81 mm x 66 mm, providing a compression ratio of 10:1. The powerplant creates a total of 61 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 269, which equates to 591.8 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 9.7. This figure means that this motorcycle has 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.

Honda NT700V Deauville is designed with an engine configured as a 680.2 cc, liquid cooled, 52° v-twin. The motor has a bore and stroke of 81 mm x 66 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 10:1. The engine generates a strong 64 horsepower. When that total amount of power at maximum levels is divided by the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 236, a mass that equals 519.2 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 8.11. Those figures provide 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.

Honda VT 750 Shadow is designed around an engine that is an 745 cc, liquid cooled, 52° v-twin. The motor's bore and stroke is 79 mm x 76 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 9.6:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 45 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 256, which in American units converts out to be 563.2 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 12.52. That figure equates out to 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.

Honda CB 750 features a motor engineered as a 747 cc, air cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor's bore and stroke is 67 mm x 53 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 9.3:1. The engine cranks out a total of 75 horsepower. If you take that amount of power and equate it with the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 217, a weight that is equivalent to 477.4 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 6.37. The final result is that this motorcycle 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.

Honda VFR 800 ABS has an engine that is set up as an 781 cc, liquid cooled, 90° v-4. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 72 mm x 48 mm, providing a compression ratio of 11.6:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 109 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 218, a total dry weight which is equal to 479.6 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 4.4. That figure determines that this motorcycle has 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.

Honda CB 900 Hornet is designed with an engine configured as a 919 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders. The engine features a bore and stroke of 71 mm x 58 mm, and has a compression ratio of 10.8:1. The engine generates a strong 110 horsepower. A simple calculation dividing that power to the total dry weight in kilograms of 194, a total dry weight which is equal to 426.8 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 3.88. Those figures provide 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.

Honda CBR 954 RR Fireblade bears an engine which is an 954 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders. The motor has a bore and stroke of 75 mm x 54 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine is rated for a maximum of 152 horsepower. When this amount of horses is balanced with the dry weight in kilograms of 168, a total dry weight which is equal to 369.6 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 2.43. This motorcycle is thereby generating a power to weight ratio which gives it a Murdercycle Rating of "A": EXTREME which means that it is unsafe for anyone except for highly trained professional riders with years of experience on major racetracks!

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