+1A 400lb 25HP bike sounds like a real dog. Will it even reach highway speeds?
A 25HP road bike, give me a break. The V Strom 250 will suck on-road as well as off, at least the DRZ rocks off-road and is tolerable on.I had a DRZ400 as well as a DR650 and they are a completely different class of bike.
They are vibey single cylinder dirt bikes and do not compare at all with a smooth and comfortable road bike that can also tackle easy offroad.
To me being under powered is a safety issue unless you are just putting around town at 30 mph. But some folks ride scooters in traffic, so everyone's threshold is differentMy 2012 Royal Enfield C5 Bullet had about 27 HP and 412lbs. It would do 75 mph indicated. It just didn't get there real quick.
Once again, any bike that can't out accelerate a stock 1/2 ton crew cab pickup is under powered.So why don't we all own Hayabusa's?
After owning big bikes on a whim I purchased a Honda VFR400 (NC30). While my riding buddies were working their bikes I was flat out, using the bike to its full potential. It was kinda neat.
Keep in mind that a modern 250cc street bike has a greater power to weight ratio than 95% of all motor vehicles. If you cannot stay safe on a motorway it is your fault - not the motorcycles.
The reported 0 to 60 time is over 9 secondsMy Versys X300 may have a few more HP but it can easily drag 99% of all vehicles from the lights, cope capably on busy motorways, and when necessary leave all other traffic behind. You should test one before condemning them. From the video it seems very capable of keeping up with anything on the road.