Understanding the motor cycle reviews

Friends, most of the times we surf over internet about the specifications of our vehicles. While going through a review we encounter many terms about which we do no know. There may be some of you, who may know about those technical terms, but there are many who are not aware of those terms. In this post we will try to understand some technical terms used in  the review of a motor motorcycle. So lets discuss those terms one by one.

Displacement or engine CC

This term shows the volume of engine cylinder being used for combustion . It represents the volume of air fuel mixture which is burning per engine  cycle. Higher the displacement higher would be the amount of air-fuel mixture and hence higher power will be  produced inside the engine. Generally the engine capacity claimed by the companies is not exact for eg. the company markets Bajaj pulsar 150 as a 150cc motorcycle but in reality it is slightly less than that i.e. 149cc. Take another example, Hero splender 100 cc have an engine capacity of 97cc. The engine cc is calculate by multiplying the cross sectional area of cylinder bore with the stroke length.


Mileage represents the distance a motorcycle can cover per litre of fuel. But the mileage claimed by the companies is not the real mileage. This mileage is calculated by Automotive research association of India  under standered conditions. They check the mileage inside their lab on dynamometer. Although they try to  simulate real conditions inside the lab, but those are far away from reality. Hence the real mileage of a vehicle is always a bit lesser than the claimed one.

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Ground clearance

The distance between the lowest part of the vehicle and the ground is called ground clearance. In other words the height of the lowest part of a vehicle from the ground surface is called ground clearance. The ground clearance claimed by the companies is also not the real one. They measure it qithout any pay load. In real world driving condition a heavy payload may decrease the ground clearance. Low ground clearance means the vehicle's undersurface may collide with ground on bumpy tracks. A higher ground clearance means higher centre of gravity. This will make the vehicle unstable on rough and slant tracks. This increases the probability of vehicle roll over.


Kerb weight

Kerb weight is the total weigh of vehicle along with fuel, coolant, engine oil and tools. There is no standered method to calculate it. Some companies may also include rider's weight to it. Some may take the wight of 50% filled fuel tank some other take 80 percent filled fuel tank.

Brake horse power

The power claimed by companies is the brake horse power of the vehicle. Now what is brake horse power. Well it is the power which is actually delivered to the wheels. The power which engines produce is higher than this and is called indicated power. Most of the power produced by the engines get lost due to colling, friction, exhaust gases and transmission losses. The power reaching to the wheels is roughly one third of what is produced inside the engine.


Torque means pulling capacity. Higher the torque higher will be capacity to pull the payload. A high torque vehicle can traverse rough off-road tracks easily. On other hands a higher power means the vehicles will accelerate quickly and reach it's top speed very easily. Hence the torque is all about effortless driving and the power is about the speed and acceleration

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