WHICH BIKE STAYS ABOVE 40 HORSEPOWER THE LONGEST?
This is the dyno chart that is most meaningful to our
test riders,. It signifies the most realistic engine characteristics on the track. We should note that summiting the
40-horsepower peak in the 250 four-stroke class seemed
unattainable five years ago. This year only the Suzuki and
Honda fell short.
The graph registers rpm where the bike first cracks 40
horsepower and the rpm where it drops back below the
40-horses mark. This is a mathematical representation of
WHICH BIKE MAKES THE MOST PEAK TORQUE?
powerband breadth. How long an engine stays above 40
horsepower relates to usability.
The Husqvarna FC250 stayed above 40 horses for
a whopping 2900 rpm, nearly double the rpm of the
Kawasaki KX250F. Following the Husky is the KTM
250SXF at 2000 rpm. Closely behind are the YZ250F (1900
rpm) and the KX250F (1500 rpm). Neither the RM-Z250
nor CRF250 even reached 39 ponies.
If we moved the target up to 42 horsepower, then
it would be a two-horse race between the KTM and
Husqvarna. The Husky wins by 200 rpm.
There is a 0.68 foot-pound variance between the high
end (Kawasaki, at 20. 46 foot-pounds) and the low end
(Suzuki, at 19. 78 foot-pounds). Only the RM-Z250 and
CRF250 fail to break the 20 foot-pound barrier.
19. 84 19. 98
20. 30 20. 21