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Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Kawasaki Over 1 Litre

Updated on November 30, 2008

 Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R is designed with an engine configured as a 1164 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor's bore and stroke is 79 mm x 59.4 mm, and has a compression ratio of 10.1:1. The engine generates a strong 112 horsepower. When this output is compared against the motorcycle's weight in kilograms of 224, which equates to 492.8 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 4.4. Therefore, this motorcycle has earned 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.

Kawasaki ZX-12R has an engine that is an 1199 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 83 mm x 55.4 mm, and has a compression ratio of 12.2:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 178 horsepower. A simple calculation dividing that power to the total dry weight in kilograms of 213, a total dry weight which is equal to 468.6 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 2.63. With that number finally determined, we can now conclude 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.

Kawasaki ZX-14 features a motor engineered as a 1352 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor's bore and stroke is 84 mm x 61 mm, providing a compression ratio of 12:1. The engine cranks out a total of 190 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 215, which in American units converts out to be 473 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 2.49. The final result is that this motorcycle has 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!

Kawasaki ZZR 1400 has an engine that is set up as an 1352 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor has a bore and stroke of 84 mm x 61 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 12:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 190 horsepower. When that total amount of power at maximum levels is divided by the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 215, which equals 473 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 2.49. That figure determines that this motorcycle has 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!

Kawasaki VN 2000 Classic LT features a motor engineered as a 2053 cc, liquid cooled, v-twin. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 103 mm x 123.2 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 9.5:1. The engine cranks out a total of 103 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 361, which equates to 794.2 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 7.71. The final result is 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. 

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