100 bhp – enough?

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    I have been thinking for a few years now about what is the sensible amount of power you can put down and really use.
    I reckon about 100 – 110 bhp in a bike around 200kgs.
    The Supermoto bikes are awesome on the road with 60 – 80bhp and 110 –130 kg.
    So do we need the 150bhp+ bikes?
    What do you lot think?
    Incidentally I am totally against a ban for 100bhp+ bikes, cars can have as many Bhp as they like, so so should we. I just wonder how much we can actually use.


    It’s all a question of power to weight ratio, if you ask me.

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    Bump. GSXR1000 has been posting on this subject lately.

    Look in the Forest if you want to find trees


    its not a question of need it i want it lol


    life sucks get used to it


    Bikes are only as quick as the amount of power they can actually put down to the ground.

    Apart from that it depends on the job in hand. 80bhp is more than enough with which to cross continents (my BMW R100RS ate miles like i do ice cream) but a 2-litre 6-pot with 160bhp and 100mph @ 2000rpm sounds even better to me!

    In the real world, a good rider on something like a 2005 GSXR600 will not often want more power on the road.


    Talking of crossing continents, i heard earlier this year of a Californian guy who is building half a dozen Gold Wing-style mega-cruisers, with 3-cylinder diesel power offering 100+ bhp at just 3000 rpm and 200+ lbs/ft at only 1800 rpm.
    Coast to coast, two-up in comfort!

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