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Old 04-10-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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What percentage of your bikes performance do think you utilize?

Performance = what the machine was made for. Enduro, MX, Canyon Carving.
A guy like Chris Birch, I'd say 90 - 100%

Say you have a KTM 1190 Adventure, how much of that bike's performance can the average Joe really use?
My first car was a motorcycle.

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Old 04-10-2014, 11:13 AM   #2
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I have an FJR. I probably utilize about half of its performance capabilities.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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bike performance, hard too say

engine performance, barely

suspension performance, 100%
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Which measure of performance?

I use the entire oil change interval (and then some) 60-99.5% of the fuel range, 90% of the fork travel, 80% of the shock travel, most of what the brakes can do, 180% of the available traction, 10% of the chain adjustment range, 90% of the powerband, 30-50% of the peak power at any spot in the powerband and 20% of the available lean angle.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:46 PM   #5
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My Aprilia Dorsoduro has a 750cc twin with a top speed of somewhere around 125, so I use all of that. Cornering wise, I probably only use about 75% of what it could do.

I think it is the perfect bike for me, because I can wring its neck, have fun, but not be tempted by light speed capabilities that some sport bikes have.

I still want to add some TKC80 tires, though, because I think it has more to offer in the dirt.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:04 PM   #6
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Hell, I probably don't even utilize 90% of my DR350's potential. I have no desire to hurt myself on purpose.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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If compared to what a rider like, Jeff Ward could do with them, I'd say 10%!

I have no delusions of grandeur here... I'm sure a rider who could actually use 100% of any of my bikes would kick my ass on any of them.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #8
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Which bike?

All of them I use all the power, at least sometimes. The little bikes, all the time. Cornering, most of it. On the little bikes, all of it, quite often. Braking most of it once on a while. All of it on rare occasions, when I screw up.

The smaller ones on which I use more of the performance a lot more often are much more fun to ride than the behemoths.

Big ones, OK at going from A to B and good at carrying a lot of crap, but the ride itself is not entertaining.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #9
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50% on a good day?
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:18 PM   #10
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My KTM 125sx?

Power: 98%
Handling: 5%
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #11
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My scooter- 95%
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:27 PM   #12
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I never understood the point of this. I only use 15% of my cars performance how doesn't make a difference I only use 40% of my bike's?
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:59 PM   #13
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Both bikes, 100%.
XT200, pin the throttle and hold on, shift up and down as needed.

TU250, pin the throttle, shift up and down as needed.

Fun for me is in direct ratio of hard usage, the harder i am pushing a ike, the more fun it is.
Bikes that do 120 mph easy bore me, since you can not use it without getting locked up.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Proveick View Post
Performance = what the machine was made for.
Weird definition of performance.
If I remember the announcements back then correctly, my bike was made to go 120 miles to have lunch at a nice place and ride back.
So on an average work day I use maybe 20% of that performance, if I go for an after work ride maybe another 25%, on a half to one day trip 50...100%, on a weekend trip 500% and in holidays up to 1750%.

However, engine wise I use her full performance every dry, warm day.
Lean angle wise occasionally the pegs down, whatever that means in %, about 90% in my favourite corner home from work, but mostly around 50...70%.
Suspension wise... had she bottom out or jump a few times, but in general I'd say around 50%.
Flickability wise maybe 50% as well, maybe up to 70% if I push myself hard.

Engine performance and lean angle are easily measured. Everything else is a guesstimation. How should one judge an overall performance?
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:15 PM   #15
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probably 50% on average. its difficult to quantify. i accelerate quickly at times but don't red line or "wind it out" too often

spirited commuting is what i consider my style of riding. on the freeway i will cruise at 85mph, max. i corner and turn at moderate speeds, lane split with....confidence
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