Posted: January 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Torque is where it’s at boys and girls.

  1. rotating force: force that causes twisting or turning, e.g. the force generated by an internal-combustion engine to turn a vehicle’s drive shaft
  2. ability to overcome resistance: the measurement of the ability of a rotating gear or shaft to overcome turning resistance
  3. twist or turn something: to apply a twisting or turning force to something


Torque is what you feel when you twist the throttle when you’re just cruising along. Wind it on slowly and feel the seemingly effortless buildup of speed.


Horsepower is sort of how long this goes on.  As the revs climb, the power peaks and you have to upshift to get back into the powerband.

An equal engine with more horsepower higher up the rev range may look impressive on paper but it gets tiresome in daily usage. You have to rev the nuts off the bike to get there and that’s the rub. It just aint as much fun and it uses up the motor. Not to mention it may put strains on the bike (or car) that were never intended and will end in tears.

This is why race engines get rebuilt way more than stock motors do. It just plain wears them out.

A simplistic sort of explanation but it took me years to get it.

“Torque is the thing” To Quote Sam Avellino when he talked about Royal Enfields. (Ask yer dad)



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