What percentage of your bikes performance do think you utilize?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Proveick, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Proveick

    Proveick Long timer

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

    http://chrisbirch.co.nz/videos/

    Say you have a KTM 1190 Adventure, how much of that bike's performance can the average Joe really use? :ear
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I have an FJR. I probably utilize about half of its performance capabilities.
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  3. randyo

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    bike performance, hard too say

    engine performance, barely

    suspension performance, 100%
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  4. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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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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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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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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  6. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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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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  7. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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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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  8. tkent02

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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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  9. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    50% on a good day?
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  10. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

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    My KTM 125sx?

    Power: 98%
    Handling: 5%
    Durability: 175%
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  11. tastroman

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    My scooter- 95%
    Buell- 30%
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  12. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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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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  13. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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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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  14. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

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    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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  15. DudeClone

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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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  16. RxZ

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    FZ1 here. So probably about 40%, and most of that is in throttle usage. I like to open it up from a stop, but I do not really corner hard or brake hard. Speaking of opening it up, I have yet to wheelie, and most say this bike wheelies at will. So, maybe I am using about 25% of total capability :D :deal
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  17. smj

    smj Been here awhile

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    Just enough to have a great time!
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  18. doorman

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    58%

    No...

    23%


    Wait....

    85%

    Depends on the day, location, my attitude, barometric pressure, prevailing winds, etc, etc.
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  19. BossMaverick

    BossMaverick Been here awhile

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    In terms of HP, top speed, handling, braking, tire traction, etc, I would venture to guess 25% at most. I will do some full throttle accelerations from time to time but that accounts for a very small percentage of the miles on the bike. If it matters, I have a torquey Bandit 1250, so the majority of the miles is riding along on in top gear.

    Folks that claim they are riding at 85% or more on the street aren't really riding at the peak level the bike is capable of, or unless they are insane (for public road dangers), or are riding a very small displacement bike.

    Edited to Add: I've had track days in cars. Its amazing what cars can do when you don't have the worries about other idiots on the road, so I'm guessing bikes are the same.
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  20. Colorado_Rider

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    Backing a Harley out of the driveway = 100%:lol3
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