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Old 04-22-2014, 05:33 PM   #61
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On my Fz6 I probably only use about 30%-50% of the engine, mainly due to road rules and self-preservation
Lean angle, probably about 40%-ish percent. I always leave myself more room to lean on the road, in case of unexpected road conditions (tightening turns, gravel, etc)
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:25 AM   #62
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On good days , with the right mix of twistys, gravel and light dirt I probobly get nearly all a KLR has in it out to play. Lots of WFO , because there's a limited amount of power to be had.
Usually on my '96 Ducati Monster most of what it's capable of gets left alone. I know this because of the time I rode with a couple of Cops on 600 and 750 super sports and leaned the Duc so far in a few corners that my foot was dragged off the peg. Not the bikes real limit , just need to raise the pegs to get in deeper.
My SR 500 was ridden with a pegged throttle most of the time on back roads. About 30,000 miles worth.
The HD Roadking I bought last year is intimidating me with it's girth and weight. I've yet to drag a floorboard or feel like pushing it toward it's limit. Just not the feel I get from it. The thing weighs about what my Monster and KLR weigh together.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:44 AM   #63
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I nearly always use all of the engine that I can, but only in a straight line :p and because it's mostly legal here.

Cornering I probably drop right down to about 20% - I tend to have half an inch of chicken strip on the tyres and I've maybe once, maximum twice, gotten a peg down for about a 1/10th of a second I did grind the crap out of the centre stand though - but then that's not all that hard on a VF750 - in fact it's so easy that, after grinding it whilst riding on a motorway, I took it off (impossible on a Breva though and my AT doesn't even have one - which sucks the large one).

That said, I've over-taken a fair few sportbikes who're going kneedown on roundabouts, whilst I'm on the outside lane, practically upright - peering at them and wondering why they're going so bloody slowly with their arses hanging off

I'll get a sportsbike one day but, until then, I'm very happy being a bimbler
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:33 PM   #64
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K1100 with sidecar = I'd guess commonly 50%. Occasionally, 100%. At one time or another, I've had each of the wheels off the ground while avoiding something or other. The ABS gets used, and the right wrist.

DL650- I'd guess about the same on the street. Off road, maybe 10% of it's rather limited abilities. I'm 140 lbs & picking up the top heavy pig gets old fast.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:10 AM   #65
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Better indicator

A better indicator for those of you saying 85% or more.

If you have a sportsbike, how much faster would, say, Tom Sykes be on your bike?

If you have an offroad bike, how much faster would, say, Marc Coma be on your bike?

My guess would be somewhere north of 15%.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:31 AM   #66
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Originally Posted by Milosh View Post
A better indicator for those of you saying 85% or more.

If you have a sportsbike, how much faster would, say, Tom Sykes be on your bike?

If you have an offroad bike, how much faster would, say, Marc Coma be on your bike?

My guess would be somewhere north of 15%.
It's unlikely that whomever could turn the throttle more than 115% open or lean the bike more than 115% when 100% means pegs (or fixed parts for the more daring ones) touching the ground.
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:07 PM   #67
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One guys "99% may be another guys 20%" all these percentages that everyone is posting is very subjective.

One guy may be on a cruiser and think that going from stoplight to stoplight doing burnouts is high performance riding. Another guy may thing going 51mph around a slight corner that is posted at 50mph is faster than what pro's are going around a track.
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