# Murdercycles! Rating 200 2009 Motorcycles By Safety - Triumph

Updated on November 30, 2008

Triumph Daytona 675 has an engine that is set up as an 675 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 74 mm x 52.3 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 12.6:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 125 horsepower. When this maximum power generation is divided by the vehicle's dry weight in kilograms of 165, which converts out to 363 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 2.9. Therefore, it can be concluded 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.

Triumph Street Triple bears an engine which is an 675 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The engine is designed with a bore and stroke of 74 mm x 52.3 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 12:1. The engine is rated for a maximum of 108 horsepower. If you take that amount of power and equate it with the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 167, which equates to 367.4 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 3.4. That results in 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.

Triumph America features a motor engineered as a 865 cc, air cooled, twin. The engine features a bore and stroke of 90 mm x 68 mm, and has a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine cranks out a total of 62 horsepower. A simple calculation dividing that power to the total dry weight in kilograms of 226, which in Imperial measure equals 497.2 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 8.02. With that figure determined, it can now 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.

Triumph Bonneville is designed with an engine configured as a 865 cc, air cooled, twin. The engine has a bore and stroke measuring 90 mm x 68 mm, providing a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine generates a strong 68 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 205, which equates to 451 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 6.63. 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.

Triumph Bonneville T100 bears an engine which is an 865 cc, liquid cooled, twin. The motor has a bore and stroke of 90 mm x 68 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine is rated for a maximum of 68 horsepower. When a calculation is performed where that amount of horsepower is divided against the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 205, which equals 451 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 6.63. This motorcycle is thereby generating a power to weight ratio which gives it 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.

Triumph Speedmaster features a motor engineered as a 865 cc, air cooled, twin. The engine has a bore and stroke measuring 90 mm x 68 mm, equating to a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine cranks out a total of 62 horsepower. When this power at the rear wheel is taken into consideration alongside the dry weight in kilograms of 229, which in American units converts out to be 503.8 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 8.13. 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.

Triumph Scrambler is a motorcycle that has an engine which is an 865 cc, air cooled, twin. The motor's bore and stroke is 90 mm x 68 mm, and has a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The powerplant creates a total of 60 horsepower. When this output is compared against the motorcycle's weight in kilograms of 205, a weight that is equivalent to 451 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 7.52. 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.

Triumph Thruxton 900 has an engine that is set up as an 865 cc, air cooled, twin. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 90 mm x 68 mm, and has a compression ratio of 12:1. The motor powers the rear wheel with a total of 70 horsepower. A simple calculation dividing that power to the total dry weight in kilograms of 205, which equals 451 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 6.44. That figure determines 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.

Triumph Speed triple has an engine that is an 1050 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The engine features a bore and stroke of 79 mm x 71.4 mm, providing a compression ratio of 12:1. The engine outputs a maximum of 132 horsepower. When this output is calculated to the bike's dry weight in kilograms of 189, a total dry weight which is equal 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 3.15. 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.

Triumph Sprint ST ABS is designed with an engine configured as a 1050 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The motor has a bore and stroke of 79 mm x 71.4 mm, which results in a compression ratio of 12:1. The engine generates a strong 127 horsepower. When this amount of horses is balanced with the dry weight in kilograms of 213, which in Imperial measure equals 468.6 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 3.69. 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.

Triumph Tiger ABS is designed around an engine that is an 1050 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The motor's bore and stroke is 79 mm x 71.4 mm, providing a compression ratio of 12:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 115 horsepower. Those horses can be equated to the bike's weight in kilograms of 201, which converts out to 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 3.85. That figure equates out to 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.

Triumph Rocket III is designed around an engine that is an 2294 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line. The motor is engineered with a bore and stroke configuration of 101.6 mm x 94.3 mm, which gives the engine a compression ratio of 8.7:1. The engine is able to generate a total of 142 horsepower. When that total amount of power at maximum levels is divided by the motorcycle's dry weight in kilograms of 320, a mass that equals 704 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 4.96. This final analysis shows 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.

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• Alan Nolan

6 years ago

You have put a lot of work into your article. There is no formula for liking bikes. Swimming is very good for you unless you drown.Different strokes for different folks.

• Luda Kirk

6 years ago

You've overlooked a very important component in you calculation and classification, the rider. None of these bikes are capable of driving themselves and when the weight of an average size rider is included, as one must be to operate, the total weight goes up significantly, and conversely the Supidcycle rating goes down by at least a letter two or three grades.

• Tom Fleming

6 years ago

You're a nutbar. I have owned and still own several of those motorcycles and I am perfectly capable of driving them safely. Go away you ninny. My momma is less meddlesome!

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Hal Licino

9 years ago from Toronto

Tell me, if you don't like my writing style, why don't you not read my articles and instead take a flying fornication at a rolling donut? :)

• V45 Sabre Rider

9 years ago

Tell me, who appointed you and what qualifications do you have to pass judgement on bikes? To be perfectly frank, your write ups sound like some hysterical old queen throwing a hissy fit at a fashion show.

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