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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 81forest, Feb 18, 2015.
What about the average person in the average car that takes the hit? Would you rather have a (450 lb) 200 hp bike rear end you on the highway or perhaps a (4500 lb) 800 HP Challenger Hellcat?
Just search on youtube for mustang driver’s hitting everything leaving car shows. Some people need traction control.
I just did. What a bunch of meatheads. Luckily no one was killed, especially the bystanders.
Just did Wow! More Morons than I thought out there.
200hp necessary out west? Wow. I'm amazed I'm even still alive with my 150hp car!
I've been thinking about this thread as I'm riding just the DR650 with the two more powerful bikes put up for the winter. Not that they are any where near even 100 hp! But after riding those two the DR seems really under powered. And compared to them, it is. But after riding it for a week I adjusted to the horsepower, or lack thereof, and it seems fine. My point being, if you are used to a certain horsepower, anything less seems insufficient.
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This thread was started in 2015, I think it is time for an update: Your 225 hp bike doesn't belong on the street.
First reply: I am perfectly happy with my 200hp bike, it has all the performance I need. I don't see WHY anybody needs 225hp on the street!
Well, you need it out in the mid west against tornado force winds propagated by the wild fires and to pass five cars at a shot...
My apologies to anyone who is suffering due to those fires. Really makes you wonder what can be done and why there is some problem trying to do so.
Mmm so where does my 250bhp bike belong
No such thing as too much HP...
Nobody is forcing you to twist the throttle all the way...
212 seems reasonable. Anything below 209 is just going to be holding up traffic in residential neighborhoods. Anything above 215 is just hooliganism.
A friend of mine that hangs out at Deal's Gap has one of those 200 HP Ninjas that he is getting updated to 240 HP so he can go faster.
Sorry, your number is not up yet. The bike will have to stay in moth balls a while longer...
Nope, still too high... 240 hp is in about a month and a half.
Governments should not limit horsepower, ... that is Darwin's job.
Personally my little 450cc bike has more power than I have skill.
Eventually, they can just develop faster and faster bikes, no? Technology is not limited. 200 is an arbitrary number. At a certain point, 300,or 400 HP it just doesn't make any sense to develop bikes like that for the mass market. You guys realize that the whole bike has to be redesigned to deal with that power, and that costs a lot of money? This wasn't just putting bigger throttle bodies on an existing bike. They were talking about bikes costing $113,000- $226,000. Keep in mind that KTM ( in the article) was looking at building and selling track bikes out of theiir MotoGP program and differentiating them from their street bikes. To them it was a way to sell their race developed technology without running into new laws and regulations against motorcycle in Europe. Its pretty logical.