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Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Suzuki 650cc to 1 Litre

Updated on November 30, 2008

 Suzuki Boulevard S40 has an engine that is set up as an 655.5 cc, air cooled, single cylinder,. The engine features a bore and stroke of 94 mm x 94 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 8.5:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 31 horsepower. When a calculation is performed where that amount of horsepower is divided against the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 160, a total dry weight which is equal to 352 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 11.35. That figure determines 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.

Suzuki GSX 750 F Katana features a motor engineered as a 750 cc, oil/air cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor's bore and stroke is 70 mm x 48.7 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 10.7:1. The engine cranks out a total of 92 horsepower. When this maximum power generation is divided by the vehicle's dry weight in kilograms of 211, which equates to 464.2 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 5.05. 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.

Suzuki Boulevard M50 is designed with an engine configured as a 805 cc, liquid cooled, v-twin. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 83 mm x 74.4 mm, and has a compression ratio of 9.4:1. The engine generates a strong 56 horsepower. A simple calculation dividing that power to the total dry weight in kilograms of 245, a mass that equals 539 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 9.63. Those figures provide 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.

Suzuki Boulevard S50 is designed around an engine that is an 819.4 cc, liquid cooled, 45° v-twin. The engine has a bore and stroke measuring 83 mm x 74.4 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 10.0:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 56 horsepower. When this maximum power generation is divided by the vehicle's dry weight in kilograms of 201, which in American units converts out to be 442.2 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 7.9. That figure equates out to 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.

Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom features a motor engineered as a 996 cc, liquid cooled, 90° v-twin. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 98 mm x 66 mm, providing a compression ratio of 11.3:1. The engine cranks out a total of 98 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 208, which equals 457.6 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 4.67. 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.

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 has an engine that is set up as an 999 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The motor has a bore and stroke of 73.4 mm x 59 mm, providing a compression ratio of 12.5:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 98 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 172, a mass that equals 378.4 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 3.86. 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.

 

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