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Old 04-11-2014, 01:16 PM   #31
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in the 8 years that I had my 1150GS, the only time I ever held the throttle wide open was just to see how far it actually twisted!

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Old 04-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #32
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Now go for a normal, average, everyday ride. Note from time to time exactly where the throttle position is.

You may be surprised to find that normally we only ride with the throttle about 1/4 to 1/3 open. Rarely do we ride with the throttle 1/2 to 3/4 open.
But why doesn't this "we"-guy want to accelerate and why didn't he buy a smaller bike?
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:29 PM   #33
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80-100%. Every day, riding around town.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:38 PM   #34
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Performance = what the machine was made for.
ninja650r:
as a sport: probably 50%
as a tourer, 100%.
for engine perf, 90%

But for what is it not made, well... division by zero I guess...
I ride in gravel, trails, little mud, a bit outside its purpose.
So, can I say 120%?
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #35
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I'm sure I use 100% of my bikes performance every single time I take it out of the garage. I ride a Harley so I max it out just leaving my neighborhood. At least that's what I read on this forum
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #36
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But why doesn't this "we"-guy want to accelerate and why didn't he buy a smaller bike?
I think it may be the other way 'round:

If you actually need to peg the throttle to wide open every time you accelerate... you may need a Bigger Bike!
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:36 PM   #37
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Typical day in the high country, 10,000 + elevation, 180 mile day
On trails, forest roads: 70%
Throttle: 90%
Suspension: 70%
Tires: 60%
Throwing it around: 70%
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #38
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My bike's performance potential? 10% to 20%---maybe

My performance potential? Maybe 50% I really don't like broken bones. They don't mend as quickly anymore.

My fun potential? As close to 100% as possible.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:25 PM   #39
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My KLR is rated at 36 hp in stock trim. I use every last bit on the freeway.

Before I big bored the KLX, on climbing highway grades, I'd have to drop to 5th gear and hold the throttle all the way wfo to hold 60 mph.

The sporty, maybe 40%. 1200 motor in a small chassis.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:10 PM   #40
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my Ducati Multistrada 620 (dead and gone)
maybe 30% if I add in the full throttle for freeway merging, if not 20%

my Ktm 950 adv
20% at most - working to get to a solid 40-50% (someday)


always at 100% fun, and wellllllll within my riding limits
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:03 PM   #41
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"Choose your own adventure. For those who love carving corners and the call of the wild, our DualSport machines deliver comfort on the street, control off the beaten path, and full command everywhere in between."

"If you think the fun begins at the end of the road, you've come to the right place. The 2012 Suzuki DR650SE combines the civilized capabilities of a street bike with the hard-charging performance and exceptional handling of a dirt bike."

Quotes are from Suzuki's website and I have seen it on a lot of their sales literature as well. Their claims of "exceptional handling of a dirt bike" are certainly up for debate. The statement "hard-charging performance" can leave you asking, "compared to what?".

The DR650 is capable off road and on. It is a machine that does nothing well, but does everything reliably. In that regard I use it in 100% of its intended purpose. It has taken me on 1,000 mile trips and to commute to work daily. I twist the throttle as far as it will go and run it out to top speed... a lot. I will take corners until the back end is sliding out a little so I guess one could say I am using 100% of traction at my skill level. I bottom my suspension way too much and could use an upgrade there. I run it to reserve and hope to find a gas station with fair regularity. I need to upgrade to a larger Acerbis tank.

I have taken it deep into swamps, through deep water and it chugs through without a problem. I have taken it through old phosphate mines and climbed some scary steep hills. I have taken it deep into the forests and it has never left me stranded. I love using it to explore and get out away from people. It is not a "performance" machine per se, but I like it and I push it to its limits.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:36 PM   #42
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Often I ride my 75 CB550 with the "big boys" where the small bikes are 1100cc and up. FJR's, BMW 1200RTs, goldwings, etc.


Definitely flogging it to stay with the faster group. I can turn and burn better than they can, so long as I get the right gear out of the turn.

The F700GS does not work as hard, although I have scraped the peg on a turn or two.

I can definitely out ride about 80% of the group with the CB550, regardless of what bike they are on.

Unless it is a straight fast road... 45 to 50hp is a little hard to hit 90+ on the freeway.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:37 PM   #43
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I run out of skill way before the bike runs out of ability.

I can ride at my 50% to 70% level and the bike is very forgiving and comfortable at that pace.

It took a long time and several bikes to find the right fit for me.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:17 PM   #44
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When I was riding the Versys 650. In the twisties I used to shame a lot guys in their litre bikes and replaced the peg feelers more than once. On gravel the guys in the 250's used to run circles around me. On the freeway Mr. Patrolman had to remind me about the speed limits. Commutting to work I always made from and to home safely. The Versys I say over 50% most of the time.

I ride a TEX now. In the twisties I do not have to show anyone what I can do so I enjoy the scenery. On gravel the guys in the 250's still run circles around me. On the freeway I have not come across Mr. Patrolman quite yet and I have not hit the speed limiter. However, I know how it sounds at the red line . The TEX I say about 25% most of the time. I seem to run out of road before I run out of performance. On dirt I run out of ability before I run out of performance.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:53 AM   #45
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I think it may be the other way 'round:

If you actually need to peg the throttle to wide open every time you accelerate... you may need a Bigger Bike!
I enjoy pegging the throttle. Get to do longer and more often on the KTM.
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