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Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Suzuki Under 650cc

Updated on November 30, 2008

 Suzuki GZ 250 Marauder is designed around an engine that is an 249 cc, air cooled, single cylinder. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 72 mm x 61.2 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 9,0:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 20 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 137, a weight that is equivalent to 301.4 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 15.07. 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.

Suzuki DR-Z 400 SMZ is designed with an engine configured as a 398 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder,. The motor's bore and stroke is 90 mm x 62.6 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 11.3:1. The engine generates a strong 40 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 134, which converts out to 294.8 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 7.37. Therefore, this motorcycle has earned a Murdercycle Rating of "E": HAZARD which means that if this motorcycle absolutely has to be operated on public highways, then it should be ridden only by a mature, skilled adult with extensive experience and superb judgment.

Suzuki GSR 400 ABS is a motorcycle that has an engine which is an 398 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders in line. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 54.6 mm x 42.5 mm, providing a compression ratio of 12.2:1. The powerplant creates a total of 53 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 190, which in American units converts out to be 418 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 7.89. This figure means 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.

Suzuki SV 400 S is a motorcycle that has an engine which is an 399 cc, water cooled, 90° v-twin. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 72 mm x 49 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 11.8:1. The powerplant creates a total of 53 horsepower. When this amount of horses is balanced with the dry weight in kilograms of 167, a total dry weight which is equal to 367.4 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 6.93. That final calculation gives this motorcycle a Murdercycle Rating of "E": HAZARD which means that if this motorcycle absolutely has to be operated on public highways, then it should be ridden only by a mature, skilled adult with extensive experience and superb judgment.

Suzuki GSX 400 Impulse SE has an engine that is an 399 cc, liquid cooled, 4 - cylinders. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 52 mm x 47 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 11.8:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 53 horsepower. When a calculation is performed where that amount of horsepower is divided against the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 177, which in Imperial measure equals 389.4 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 7.35. With that number finally determined, we can now conclude that this bike has a Murdercycle Rating of "E": HAZARD which means that if this motorcycle absolutely has to be operated on public highways, then it should be ridden only by a mature, skilled adult with extensive experience and superb judgment.

Suzuki Boulevard has an engine that is an 399 cc, liquid cooled, v-twin. The motor has a bore and stroke of 65 mm x 60.2 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 33 horsepower. When this amount of horses is balanced with the dry weight in kilograms of 240, which equals 528 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 16. With that number finally determined, we can now conclude that this bike has 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.

Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom has an engine that is an 645 cc, liquid cooled, 90° v-twin. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 81 mm x 62.6 mm, and has a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 67 horsepower. When this output is compared against the motorcycle's weight in kilograms of 189, which equates to 415.8 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 6.21. 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.

Suzuki SV 650 S has an engine that is an 645 cc, liquid cooled, 90° v-twin. The motor's bore and stroke is 81 mm x 62.6 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 72 horsepower. If you take that amount of power and equate it with the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 169, which in American units converts out to be 371.8 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 5.16. 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.

 

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